Ashes: Michael Clarke vows to stay positive

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Australian captain Michael Clarke says he will continue to adopt an attacking style of cricket as he looks to win the Ashes back from England.

England won the summer series 3-0 but skipper Alastair Cook was criticised by many for a so-called negative approach.

It may have proven to be successful as England took the series, but Clarke says it is not a style of leadership he will be adopting.

When asked if he would use the same approach as Cook, Clarke said: “I hope not – because if that’s the case, they’ve got the wrong guy being captain.

“I don’t have that negativity in me. I understand there are times and places where you need to put fielders on the boundary or need to be a little bit defensive throughout the game but that doesn’t mean the mindset changes.

“I’ll do everything I can to help our team win as many games of cricket as possible and sometimes you risk losing.

“The criticism comes with playing sport at the highest level and it certainly comes with being captain of the Australian cricket team.”

Clarke has been troubled by a back injury recently but he is managing the situation well and is expected to be ready for the first Test in Brisbane which starts on November 21.

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