Aussie’s praised for showing emotion & being up for the fight
Former Australian fast bowler Stuart Clark has praised the performance of the Australian cricket team after their match-winning performance in the 2nd test match in Perth.
Speaking on Macquarie Sports Radio Breakfast with Matt Granland & James Willis, Clark said there was a noticeable difference with the body language of the Aussies “The Australians showed emotion, winning and playing for your country actually meant something to them. It looked like they were really up for the fight and ready for the contest.”
He pointed directly to the leadership of the stand in skipper, Tim Paine. “He led from the front, he needs to be commended. He didn’t do it in a nasty way or a mean way, he did it with a smile on his face and he made some comments that I think got under the Indians skin and he deserved credit the Australians looked like the body language was good, they were positive, they knew the Indians wouldn’t like the wicket and they made them feel uncomfortable.” said Clark
On the flip-side the #1 ranked test side were well below their best, apart from a 1st innings century to captain Virat Kohli the Indians found the conditions tough on the unpredictable wicket at Optus Stadium. Clark was not surprised by the result “they were always going to struggle in Perth, they always have. This was always going to be the hardest test in the series for them because the conditions are so foreign to what they do. They didn’t bat well, obviously Virat’s a good player, I think Rahane is a good player, their top order looks fragile. Rahul doesn’t really look like he knows what he’s doing although everyone tells me he’s a good player. They basically get nothing out of their lower order.”
The 3rd test match of Australia vs. India begins on Boxing Day at the MCG. Hear the coverage on Macquarie Sports Radio from 6am LIVE from the MCG starting with Matt Thompson & Dave Culbert before the first ball of the day at 10.30am AEDST.