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We can still win Ashes: Michael Clarke

Not only was the decisive fourth day of the Lord's Test prefaced by more laments Down Under from their sacked coach Mickey Arthur but then, with Australia well on the way to 235 all out, more divisive remarks emerged on Twitter from a less obvious source — the brother of their absent opening batsman David Warner.

Beaten captain Michael Clarke sought no hiding place tonight as he accepted personal responsibility for Australia’s woes, but vowed too that they can buck almost all previous historical trends by battling back to somehow win this Ashes series. “It used to hurt me just as much. I am as responsible, if not more accountable, for my poor performance...this team needs me, when I get a start, to go on and make a big score,” he said.

Clarke remains optimistic. “I’m still confident we can win this series.”  “I know a lot of the crowd laughed when I said that, and rightly so with the position we are in right now, but most of our top order have made a 50 (in this series) and we need someone who can go on and make a big hundred.” 

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