Clarke bans nasty send- offs
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.”