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Clarke defends team’s decision over suspension

Australian captain Michael Clarke on Monday defended the team management’s decision to suspend four players including vice-captain Shane Watson for the third Test stating that it’s ‘not just about one incident’ but also about ‘off-field stuff’ which has been unacceptable.

‘I want the public and the media to understand. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not just about one incident. Firstly, on this tour, our performances have been unacceptable and there has been some stuff off the field that has been unacceptable for the standards of an Australian cricket team,’ Clarke was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo.

‘I know it is a tough day, a really tough day and it’s a tough decision. But at the end of the day, if people are not hitting those standards there are going to be consequences,’ Clarke said.

The veteran of 91 Tests felt that there was nothing wrong in the coach asking them to do a specific task as players got a couple of days to regroup.

‘We were asked to do one thing from the head coach. It was giving information back to the head coach about not only improving your game - what you’ve learnt from the first two Test matches - but also how can you help this team turn things around and have success.’
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