Michael Clarke rejects notion that India have ushered in a new world order in cricket

October 23rd, 2008 - 1:48 pm ICT by ANI  

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Sydney, Oct 23 (ANI): After suffering a crushing defeat by 320 runs against India in Mohali earlier this week, Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke has rejected the suggestion Indias recent dominance and confrontational style had ushered in a new world order in the game.

I would disagree with that. Its not the first Test match I have lost, and I guarantee it won”t be the last, but I know our mindset will be exactly the same as it was at the start of this game. We”re going into Delhi to win the Test match,” he said.

After the first Test when we had a draw, I remember getting on the bus and ”Punter” [Ricky Ponting] said to Peter Siddle, ”Mate you won”t see too many results like that in this team.” It is so true. We win. We want to win every game we play. We are going to do everything in our power to make sure this Test in Delhi , we win. But we need to control the little things first, the Sydney Morning Herald quoted him as saying in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald.

Clarke said this was not a sign that India , already a financial colossus, had changed the balance of power on the field as well.

Clarke, who will take a brief holiday with his fiancee Lara Bingle before the squad comes together again in the Capital on Sunday, claimed the Indians bullish approach and willingness to take the Australians on verbally had not affected the visitors.

Clarke and Gautam Gambhir held an extended exchange during the Australian’’s innings of 69 in the second innings, and provocative pace bowler Zaheer Khan was fined 80 per cent of his match fee for giving Matthew Hayden a verbal send-off when he fell to Harbhajan Singh.

I don”t even know if he knows exactly what was said by Zaheer Khan when he got out but it was some form of send-off, Clarke said and added: Honestly, that sort of stuff doesn”t really bother me. Even with Gambhir, he was trying to talk and I said, ”Mate, I”m not even listening to you, so whatever you”re saying you might as well talk to Dhoni because you”re honestly wasting your breath talking to me.” The way they have bowled certainly has had an impact on our team. What they have done is bowl really well with reverse swing. They know their conditions brilliantly. (ANI)

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