I only care about winning – Michael Clarke

2014-02-19 16:47

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Australian test captain Michael Clarke said he only cared about winning and that was what he intended to tell his team to do before their second test against the Proteas in Port Elizabeth.

None of the current team of Australian players have played a test in Port Elizabeth, but that does not faze Clarke.

“I have never been very big on statistics. I only care about winning. That is the only statistic I care about,” Clarke said.

“The fact that Australia hasn’t played a test match here in a long time is very exciting. The last Australian team that played here was a very successful one and they won. It is a fantastic place to come and play cricket and we are hoping for another great performance.”

While Clarke’s team inflicted a heavy defeat on the Proteas, which was only their second one in their history at SuperSport Park, he was careful to note that the home team would be coming for his side, irrespective of their patchy record at the ground.

Clarke said the Proteas were still a team to be feared and his unit was still miles away from being the number one team.

“I have massive respect for South African cricket – their team have been at their best throughout my playing career. They have proved that they are the number one test team in the world via their consistent performances over a long period of time. One loss should not be an indication of a generation change. We need to be at our best,” Clarke said.

“We are improving as a team but we are still far from where we want to be. It is hard to win away from home and we haven’t been the best of travellers, which is why we are so focused on this series.

“We need to turn that around and start to have some success on the road. We are still a long way off from being number one.”

Australia’s top order performed well as a unit and, besides the small collapse to 98/4 early on the first day at SuperSport Park, Clarke said he was happy with how his top four turned the game around for them.

When Australia cruised to the Ashes last month, their first-inning performances were not something to write home about.

Speaking of the Proteas, Clarke said: “The batters did an amazing job in the first test, especially against an attack that bowled very well in the first innings. They bowled very well and I am expecting the same from them come Thursday.”

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