Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was in similar situation Down Under in 2011-12 series as Michael Clarke is facing in this tour with the team losing both the Tests. So when a media person asked what advice he would give Clarke, Dhoni said he would not like to poke his nose but added, they should learn to be patient.
“But I would just like to say that screaming won’t really help. That’s the only advice. After that I won’t poke my nose because it’s a bit unfair as you need to respect your opponents whatever be the situation and position they are in. You don’t give Australians bit more advice as they are very competitive and they can come back strongly in the series. I think it’s a win-win situation for them. Just that they have to be a bit patient,” he said.
Meanwhile, a beleaguered Clarke said he spoke to the guys individually leading up to this Test.
“I spent more time with individual players in the nets. I felt like I did a bit of coaching, it was a bit of fun, maybe after cricket. Is it time to be angry at them? I don’t think me being angry is going to help.
I’m responsible as well. I’m no different to any other player, I should have scored more runs today. We all need to be performing better. It is unacceptable the way we have batted, that is the responsibility of the captain. We have a batting coach and a head coach, that is part of our job, but when I’m not scoring as many runs as I would like, I can’t really be having a shot at anybody else, I have to look at myself first and foremost as well.”
Coach Micky Arthur said the young players would be better players if they take Clarke’s advice seriously. “We had a chat with our batsmen about forming a partnership. When Michael talks the other players listen because of his experience.
“So he went out of his way to make sure he connected with every batsmen at nets and gave them every bit of advice he could and help them through their net session today. If they use this time and experience wisely and they could come back better players, that’s the sort of culture we’re trying to create in our team.’’