Michael Clarke badly disappointed with the Australian cricket team

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Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke is disappointed with the overall tactics of the Australian team. He pointed out the selection issues and ‘sweeping’ concerns of Australia. 

Australia were completely outplayed by India in both the test matches of the Border Gavaskar Trophy. The Australian team lost 10 wickets in the second innings of the first test match while they lost 8 for 52 runs in the second innings of the second test match. 

Clarke also pointed out that Australia should have played the tour games ahead of the test series to get used to the conditions. 

Major, major, major mistake: Clarke on Australia

“I’m not surprised by what I’m seeing because we didn’t have a tour game. Major, major, major mistake. There should have been at least one game over there to get used to the conditions,” Clarke said on the Big Sports Breakfast podcast.

“Selection for the first Test, major, major mistake. Second Test, blokes sweeping, we saw enough of that the first Test match. They’re not the right conditions to sweep when you start your innings. And they’re never going to be the right conditions to reverse sweep against the spin at the start of your innings,” he added.

The former skipper was not happy with some of the field placements of Pat Cummins.

“I’m not sure what happened with our tactics. We had just 100 runs on the board. At one stage, Patty Cummins had four blokes on the boundary. There’s 2½ days left in the Test match. You’re either bowling India out for under a hundred or you’re losing: one or the other,” Clarke said.

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