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Sat Apr 19 20:08:10 SAST 2014

I need to move up the order, says Clarke

TEAMtalk Media | 05 March, 2013 17:010 Comments
Australia v Sri Lanka - Third Test: Day 4
Australian captain Michael Clarke
Image by: Cameron Spencer / Getty Images

Australia captain Michael Clarke is getting frustrated at having to do a lot of the heavy lifting with the bat, after yet another big score for his side went in vain as they lost by an innings and 135 runs against India.

Clarke's 91 in the first innings wasn't enough to save his side, just as his 130 in the first Test also went to waste, and Clarke admitted afterwards that he would need to move up the order in the next match.

Clarke was coming in at five, with Phil Hughes and Shane Watson at three and four, but it became obvious that Australia's best batsman would be needed further up the knock. Hughes was particularly disappointing, with scores of 6,0, 19 and 0 in the two Tests.

The despondent skipper said of moving up: "I think I have no choice. Again, it hasn't been about me, it's about trying to do what's best for the team, and I think now, especially in these conditions, I have to bat higher.

"I've got nine days to work it out. Wherever I can go and put some runs on the board to help the team."

Australia were all out for 131 on day four in Hyderabad, and Clarke was frustrated with his line-up, especially as he only managed to score 16 runs and could thus not rescue the side, with the pressure mounting on his shoulders.

He added: "I don't think picking your batting order can revolve around one person, the team needs the team to play well. We need our top six batters to be scoring runs, we need our four, five or six bowlers to be taking wickets.

"It can't be about one person. I've never played cricket that way and I don't want this team to go to that. We have enough talent, but we have to get better, every single one of us.

"I would have liked more runs in the first innings and more runs today in the second innings, so I have work to do as well. I don't want it to be about the individuals, I want it to be about the whole team improving."

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