Melbourne, Dec 24: Skipper Michael Clarke today said that his players will be aggressive towards India, but won’t cross the line in the four-Test series starting on Monday.
Clarke and rival skipper MS Dhoni had made it clear that they were anxious to avoid the bad blood, which marred India’s previous Test tour of Australia four years ago.
“Both teams understand where we’re at. The relationship between the Australia team and the India team could not be stronger. We all understand there’s a line you can go to but there’s a line you can’t cross,” Clarke said at the MCG nets.
“I can guarantee you that nobody in the Australian team will cross that and if they do, there’ll be punishments from the ICC but also from Cricket Australia,” he said
“We’ll be doing everything in our power to play some really competitive, tough cricket. But we understand and acknowledge that we won’t cross that line,” The Herald Sun quoted him, as saying.
Harbhajan Singh was initially suspended for abusing after clashing with Andrew Symonds during the Sydney Test of January 2008. Later Singh’s suspension was overturned, as he was found guilty of abuse and given a fine. Australia eventually won the series 2-1.
“The relationship between the Australian players and the Indian players is very good and will continue to be that way. Both teams have a lot to play for. It has always been very competitive on the field but off the field both teams get on very well,” Clarke said.
Dhoni said sport played a key role in Australia’s culture and his men knew what to expect down under, and added that the tourists would do their best to stay on the right side of the behavioural line.
“A few individuals did make mistakes at that point in time. It’s something that we don’t really want to do as professional cricketers. There’s a lot at stake. People look up to us. So we’ll try to keep it controversy-free. But still it’s important to make it interesting,” he said. (ANI)