London: Australian vice-captain Pat Cummins has responded to former captain Michael Clarke’s comments and said that they were keen to play ‘less aggressively’ after the because of the ball-tampering scandal that dented the image of cricket in the country.
Clarke a few days back claimed that Australian cricketers were sucked up to sledge Virat Kohli in fear over not getting Indian Premier League (IPL) contracts.
However, Cummins didn’t deny Clarke’s comments and said the direction that Australia wanted to take following the scandal would have been a ‘bigger factor’ to their less aggressive approach against the Indian players.
“I think probably a bigger factor was six months before leading into that Indian series the media and everyone commentating on the Aussie cricket team were pretty clear in their direction in the way they wanted the Aussies team to go and that was playing a little bit less aggressively out on the field,” Cummins told the BBC.
“I’d say that would have been a bigger factor than trying to win or lose friends out on the cricket field. But you never know, that might have been a factor for some players,” he added.
Yesterday, Australia captain rejected the claims and said that it was a tactical decision not to engage Kohli into verbal duel during the 2018-19 series but there was no other motivation behind it.
“I certainly didn’t notice too many people being that nice to Virat or not trying to get him out or anything like that,” Paine told ESPNcricinfo.