Australia’s tour of India 2010: Clarke prefers Tests, ODIs over IPL, CLT20
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Australian vice-captain, Michael Clarke has said that the international cricketers must put more emphasis on international cricket than the domestic tournaments like the IPL and the Champions League T20. He said that in order to overcome issues related to fatigue, the players needed to put their country over IPL and Champions League T20.
Clarke was addressing the media on a day when the Aussies saw two of their cricketers, Michael Hussey and Doug Bollinger, return to the squad after a successful Champions League T20 campaign.
Clarke defended the two and said that the duo was playing in some competitive cricket in the tournament and hence would be fit to take on the Indians in the Tests. The two teams, India and Australia, play two Test matches and three ODIs.
The Aussies had had similar issues last year as well, with Brett Lee, Nathan Hauritz and Bollinger playing in the CLT20 and then arriving to play for Australia in a seven-match series.
Clarke said that the players needed to think through what they were doing instead of playing in each and every tournament. He added that it was a matter of a personal choice and that he would play in every game possible.
Clarke and Mitchell Johnson have yet to take part in the IPL or CLT20 and it is not known whether they will be a part of the auction for next year’s IPL.
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