Aussie skipper Clarke laments toss defends team selection
Australian Captain Michael Clarke baked selection of his team and dropping Mitchell Marsh for the 4th test of ashes 2015 and blames the outcome of the toss in the ongoing test in Trent Bridge Cricket stadium.
England won the toss and chooses bowling first. The guest team is folded up is on just 60 runs, where Stuart Broad England skipper got his career best 8 wickets just for 15 runs on Thursday. In reply England did 274 runs with 4 wicket loss until the first day of stumps.
Fighting spirit rises in Clarke and he is not ready to give up for the 4th test saving. Even England is leading by 2-1 in 5 match Aussies series.
Mitchell Marsh is dropped for his brother Shaun Marsh to provide strength Australia because of under performance in middle order, but not even Shaun could face Stuart Broad swing bowling as English bowler claim his career best figures of 8-15.
Clarke was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia “The team, at the end of the day the selectors pick the team and I respect what they do. We’ve got some very good selectors to be honest. So, I think their reasons for the eleven players they gave me and that we spoke about were very good,”
“I think we’ve seen at Edgbaston, Mitch Marsh didn’t bowl too many overs. We knew this wicket was going to have enough in it. The plan was to bowl first. And the extra batting – knowing that if we didn’t win the toss it was going to be hard to bat, the selectors wanted that extra batting as well to make as many runs as we could.”
Michael Clarke saying and backed selectors, “I think the selectors have been fantastic all series. They’ve been very open and honest with me. They’ve kept the faith with certain players.”
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Clarke concluded in for final words “It doesn’t matter what XI you pick, you’ve got to play as well as you possibly can and we didn’t do that today. As hard as it is for me (to not turn down the option of batting first) I was definitely going to bowl first today if I won the toss. But it didn’t matter, I didn’t win the toss,”