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Australia enjoy being underdogs - Clarke

Australia captain Michael Clarke says his side enjoy being the underdogs ahead of the Ashes

May 15, 2013

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 20:37 GMT)

That was so funny to watch ..... did Clarke enjoy Australia being the underdog in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Tests in India?? Did they find strength in the tag?? No their knees went week and were blinded like a deer in the headlights!!! Did they unify under the banner of underdog?? No .... they turned on each other!!! Did Australia "relish the tag"?? No .... they crumbled and dissolved. It was embarrassing!!!

Australia's principle hope will be in the bowlers .... not only for their bowling but also in their ability to hold the bat. Hopefully they will bowl like demons .... and if one of them takes 2-wickets in 4-overs he wont be restricted by the captain to bowling less than 10-overs in a day.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 8:56 GMT)

Clarke's bringining a bit of AFL culture into his media presentation. Claiming underdog status is the thing to do in media conferences in our football code as it both motivates the players to prove themselves and places the burden of expectation back on the other team. Sometimes coaches will argue with the opposing coach for that pressure relieving status before the start of a game to shift the burden of expectation. England are genuine favourites and all Michael Clarke is place the pressure of having to win back onto the English and at the same time motivate and free up the minds of his troops so they can perform at their best.

Posted by InnocentGuy on (May 16, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

Seriously? Clarke enjoys being underdog? What has Australian cricket come to? I don't think the rest of the world enjoys having Australia as the underdog. Australia is supposed to be the most dominant team and only then the true underdogs can feel pride whenever they defeat the Aussies!

Posted by landl47 on (May 16, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

Australia does NOT enjoy being underdogs. Never has, never will. Aus is rightly proud of its standing as the best cricket nation of all time and wants to keep it that way. Clarke is trying to motivate his team, but he would be way happier if Aus was favourite in every series it played.

Posted by Aussasinator on (May 16, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

no wonder. being underdog is something which Clarke has got used to now, as has the whole of Australia.

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