The captain of the Australian cricket team, Michael Clarke, has said that he is disappointed with the batting performance of his team in the second test match of the ongoing Ashes series.
Australia lost the second match by a huge margin of 347 runs and got trailed by 0-2 in the series.
The Australian team managed to score just 128 runs in the first innings, while, 235 runs in the second innings.
Clarke who scored a half century in the second innings was looking terribly disappointed while talking to the reporters in the post match press conference. The Australian captain said, “The batsmen will have to take the responsibility for this defeat. The way we batted in the match was not acceptable at all. You can’t get all out for just 120 odd runs on such a belter of a pitch.”
“It’s not that our batsmen are horribly out of nick. Every player in the top 7 has had a score of 50 plus in this series. It means that they are hitting the ball alright, it’s just that they need to apply themselves a little bit more.”
“Our batsmen are not showing enough patience. We need to learn that from England. In test matches, it’s very important to fight through tough periods, but, we have not been able to do that so far.”
When asked about the performance of Ashton Agar who struggled to make any impact with the ball in the second test match, Clarke said, “He is very young and he has got a lot of potential. He has already shown us that in the first test match. He needs to be backed.”
The former Australian coach, Mickey Arthur, has recently said that the relationship between Clarke and Watson is not good at all.
When asked about that, Clarke said, “Look, I don’t want to discuss that again. I have already said quite a few times that there is nothing wrong between me and Shane.”