Australia captain Michael Clarke blames batsmen for Durham loss
Australia captain Michael Clarke blamed poor batting for his side's fourth Test defeat to England.
Last Updated: 13/08/13 11:30am
The tourists were set 299 for victory and seemed to be coasting in comfort with openers Chris Rogers and David Warner putting on 109 for the opening wicket.
However, once Rogers had edged Graeme Swann to Jonathan Trott at slip, Stuart Broad caught fire to claim six wickets and leave Clarke's men skittled out for just 224.
The result ensured a series victory for the hosts, and a downcast Clarke said afterwards: "I guess at the end of the day, to only lose by 75 runs, we can take some positives out of that.
"But on the other side, our batting performance and especially our middle order - me included - wasn't good enough today. A lot of things are hard to swallow at the moment," he said.
"As I've said before, I don't want to take away anything from England. Stuart Broad was outstanding in both innings.
"It's extremely disappointing - I guess I know now what it feels like to lose
an Ashes series as a captain."
"In the second innings of Test matches, I've seen it (a collapse) happen a lot of times unfortunately. In our first innings, we would have liked to have scored more runs as well. We were in a really good position and couldn't capitalise.
"Once again, it takes good execution with the ball. The England found a little bit of reverse swing as well and they managed to get that first tough breakthrough in getting Chris Rogers. He and Davey Warner played really well today.
"I think it was still a pretty good batting wicket once you got through the new ball. I think it took some good bowling to find a way to break through. It was always going to be a big ask but if we'd have played the way we played in Manchester then I think we'd have had a chance of winning the Test match."
Looking ahead to the final Test at The Oval, Clarke added: "I'll be happy for a bit of training. I need some more runs. I think a few of us do. We'll be working our backsides off and we've still got a lot to play for. It's a very important Test match for us and we'd like to get a win there.
"My job is first and foremost to score runs, and I only made 25 in this Test. That's unacceptable.
"When you pick the squad you have to keep the faith and try and get the best out of them - and it would be nice if the captain led by example and scored a few more runs as well."