London, July 07 (ANI): Australia captain Michael Clarke has insisted that although his side will maintain their aggressive brand of cricket, they won’t overstep the sledging line in the Ashes series beginning on Wednesday in Cardiff.
Ahead of the first Test, Clarke admitted that he crossed the line during the last Ashes series when he warned James Anderson to “get ready for a broken fu**ing arm”.
“I think I speak for all Australians, in that we have a brand of cricket that if we play that way we play our best,” Clarke was quoted as saying by the Guardian.
“The way we have been brought up is to play tough competitive cricket on the field,” he added.
“But I certainly understand the rules and regulations of our game and where that line sits. I’ve made it very clear that in the last series if somebody overstepped that mark it was me.
“As captain of this team I need to be more disciplined, and I know I will be. I think the mutual respect is certainly there. England have a lot of experience and some fantastic players and they deserve that respect. The cricket will be tough on the field, but we’ll know there’s a line you can’t overstep.”
The Michael Clarke-led team will seek to end a streak of three straight away Ashes series reverses on this tour. (ANI)