After the Australians failed to put on a fighting show in the 4th Ashes test in Trent Bridge, only negativity and gloom has surrounded Michael Clarke’s side. Right from the Australian media to renowned cricket analysts, everyone has come down heavily on the Australian squad, for performing like mere dummies. The situation recently got escalated to a great high altogether as a few celebrated Australian names openly criticized the outgoing Michael Clarke.
The likes of Mathew Hayden, Andrew Symonds and former coach John Buchanan were critical of the way Clarke handled the affairs. The stinging criticism from the trio makes the resentment within the Australians crystal clear, as the embarrassing loss to England will not be forgotten any time soon.
Mathew Hayden began by narrating an old incident when Clarke, in the infancy of his career went on to the extent of almost returning his Baggy Green, in exchange of not fielding at short leg. “In hindsight, we should have said ‘Mate, that’s exactly what will happen, we will have your baggy green back and that’s the way it will roll’. But he learnt from that, he became a much better person and a much better player through those lessons”, Hayden said.
“Michael always had really strong opinions and when you’ve got strong opinions and you’re a young fella in the group, he would polarise people. He had a hot head, he wore his heart on his sleeve and he had a very definite opinion of who he was and where he wanted to go. Sometimes those (Clarke’s opinions) ruffled feathers, I know for a fact that they ruffled mine at times,” Hayden added.
John Buchanan, the former Australian coach said that the current crop of players did not value their test cap to a great extent. “Players like Steve Waugh, Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting and others really tried to make the Baggy Green culture something special, but I could sense it was under threat and under Michael’s captaincy, I can sense it has disappeared a bit and that disappointed me,” Buchanan told News Corp.
It was then Clarke’s former mate Andrew Symonds’ turn to blast him. Symonds said that Clarke was definitely not captaincy material. “To me, he (Clarke) wasn’t as natural leader as we’ve had in the past. It was very easy to fall in behind a Steve Waugh or Ricky Ponting when asked to do something. They were the sort of men that didn’t need to say a great deal. Michael’s got a completely different style, which he’s entitled to. I didn’t play a great deal of cricket under him. I played quite a lot with him, but he’s got his style,” Symonds told foxsports.com.au.