Clarke bans nasty send- offs

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - BEN HORNE

AUS­TRALIAN cap­tain Michael Clarke ( pic­tured) has used his pre- Ashes ad­dress to de­clare that ugly send- offs to bats­men have no place in the game.

Clarke and coun­ter­part Alastair Cook were called into a meet­ing with match of­fi­cials in Cardiff to be re­minded of the ICC’s new crack­down on sledg­ing.

The skip­per is con­fi­dent all play­ers know where the line is 18 months on from a heated and will­ing 5- 0 Ashes white­wash in Aus­tralia.

How­ever, the one in­struc­tion he will be giv­ing is no ex­tra treat­ment to dis­missed bats­men as they walk off.

“If some­one’s out I don’t see any need to give them a send- off,” Clarke said.

“If you get some­one out you know you’ve won the bat­tle any­way.”

Clarke took re­spon­si­bil­ity for things get­ting fiery in the fa­bled Gabba Test in 2013- 14, but says Aus­tralia will largely go about their cricket the same way and aren’t fussed if they un­fairly get a worse rap than other teams.

“It’s as much about body lan­guage and in­tent and at­ti­tude as it is about ver­bal stuff that comes out of your mouth,” he said.

“I don’t think too much has changed in re­gards to my ap­proach as cap­tain and how I would like to see this team play.

“I’ve made it very clear through­out my whole cap­taincy that I don’t want any­one to over­step the line.”

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