"Australians coming in and engaging in abuse, I have never understood that".
"I think we have all got to get together", Langer said. All three players are serving a 12-month ban after their involvement in a ball-tampering scandal.
Michael Clarke has doubled down on his spray at the prominent sports journalist, Gerard Whateley, after the former Australian Test captain refuted criticism of his leadership, saying he would relish the opportunity to express his feelings to Whateley face-to-face. It was the first time I'd seen Steven the other day. "If Australia regresses to playing cricket the way it was in recent times, using the "fictional" line as a flimsy alibi, then the fall of the team and the organisation would have been for naught". Whiteman, who may return to the Western Australia Shield team next week, shaped up nicely before his loose drive and when it appeared the innings could fall away Hardie, the star with the ball yesterday, and Nielsen kept India in the field as they each made composed half-centuries.
"Within weeks, the team was very much committed, with game plans sorted, as they had the total support from the coach and captain".
"We're still going to play hard Australian cricket, as Michael put it, that's not going to change".
Clarke said responsibility for the scandal ultimately rest at the feet of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Smith and no one else.
"If you think about the ACA and CA, the public and the team, the media and the team, it's a bit disjointed at the moment, the more we can bring it back, the more harmony you get the happier environment for everyone.
I'm not sure they will get the same kind of assistance in Australian conditions, so I'm interested to see how they bowl, and I think those two things could tell a big story in the series", he said. Now the word "fight" evokes fist fights, verbal diarrhoea and racial and religious taunts.
"The sport is in a dark place, whether we want to admit it or not".
The first of four Tests between Australia and India starts in Adelaide on 6 December. Clearly Johannesburg was a really odd circumstance and a difficult game to play in for everyone I think, but going into Dubai the guys competed as hard as they could and they'll continue to, and we've got some more senior guys coming back now.
"The tour game is serious because it will set the tone for us".
"Clarke's interpretation of the predicament the Australian men's Test team finds itself in is breathtaking". In his response, the off-spinner said, "There are a lot of headaches when you play worldwide cricket, personally and for the teams, you are part of, so it makes no sense to try and get your heads into another dressing room". "It's always good to keep them out there as long as possible and just show them there's a bit of depth here and the boys can bat as well", Short said. Equally, he was adamant that his men would not back down from confrontation if members of the Indian team went looking for one, with the important difference that they would not lapse into abuse.