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Michael Clarke to promote himself up the order for remaining two Tests

Michael Clarke is disappointed in the manner his team is losing the matches
By Cricket Zone
Tue, Mar 05, 2013 12:59:32 GMT

Michael Clarke to promote himself up the order for remaining two Tests
The Australian captain Michael Clarke is disappointed at his team's dismal performance in the first two matches against India in the four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy. He now wants to promote himself up in the batting order in the remaining two Tests, saying that his team's "unacceptable" batting performances have left him with no other choice.

"I think I have no choice. Again, it hasn't been about me, it's about trying to do what's best for the team, and I think now, especially in these conditions, I have to bat higher," said Michael Clarke at the post-match media conference. Clarke has batted at number five position in the two Tests so far.

According to Clarke, patience is the key to success in the sub-continent and he admitted that they should take a cue from Indian batsmen. More than losing, it is the manner of defeats that hurts the Aussie the most.

"I've got nine days to work it out. Wherever I can go and put some runs on the board to help the team," said Michael Clarke.

From here on Australia cannot win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy but if they level the Test series 2-2 then they can certainly retain the trophy. But the way they have been outplayed shows their frailties in batting and lack of a quality spinner in the side.

To add to Clarke’s disappointment senior players like Shane Watson and David Warner are also not able to deliver the goods. Both have had a forgettable outing in the Test series so far.

"I don't know the answer to that, I'm not sure. You probably have to ask Watto (Watson) that question. I'm there to help him like every single batter, if there are areas he wants help. I'm there to support him. He's a very good player, he's a senior player in our team and like all of us, we need to be scoring more runs," said Michael Clarke.

All-rounder Glenn Maxwell, the highest purchase in IPL 2013 auction, too went for plenty with the ball and also failed to impress with the bat.

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