Calcutta: Michael Clarke on Wednesday asked his Australian team not to be complacent after their emphatic first Ashes Test victory, and focus on winning again in the second match in Adelaide.
The Australians trounced the Ashes holders by 381 runs in the opening clash at the Gabba for their first Test win over England in almost three years.
Clarke said the Australia side was a long way from being the team they wanted to be.
“I’m excited by the way we played in Brisbane. But, if you look at our results over the past 12 months, we have no reason to brag, or gloat or be complacent,” he told reporters in Adelaide.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do. Every single player, their feet are well and truly on the ground. Our celebration after Brisbane wasn’t anything like I’ve seen Australian teams celebrate when we’ve had big wins like that.
“I think that’s because everybody knows we’re a long way from being the team we want to be. It’s only one Test win and we’ve got some work to do in this second Test and throughout the series.”
Meanwhile, England captain has assured that they will let their cricket do the talking after engaging in some “ugly” verbal exchanges with Australia during their opening loss in Brisbane.
“Obviously you let your cricket do the talking,” he said. “Last time we had the same hostile environment when we got here, but towards the end of the series we played some really good cricket and that hostility changes because everyone was very respectful of the way we played.
“In that last game we didn't do ourselves justice and they got on top and that's what home supporters do what you get on top.
“We knew that coming into this series and a few of us have played a lot of cricket over here. We know how important it is to let the skills out in the middle do the talking and everything else will take care of itself.”
But, Clarke vowed to maintain the same hard-nosed approach that Australia used to damaging effect against England at the Gabba.
The skipper was fined 20 percent of his match fee for threatening England tailender James Anderson with a broken arm in the first Test, while Cook was upset at opening batsman David Warner calling his team frightened, singling out batsman Jonathan Trott as “weak”.
Trott withdrew from the Ashes tour after the first Test to deal with what was widely reported to be depression.
“We’ll continue to play a tough brand of cricket on the field, but as we’ve all said, we know there’s a line you can’t cross,” Clarke said.
“The respect hasn’t changed one bit. We still have the ultimate respect for our opposition. They’re a very tough team.”
Clarke named an unchanged team for Adelaide, the first time he has been able to do so since the corresponding match last summer against South Africa.
“We looked at the wicket and thought about the extra bowling option with James Faulkner in the team,” he said.
Australia have put fast bowlers Doug Bollinger and Nathan Coulter-Nile on standby for the third Test in Perth should any of the current pacers break down during the second Test.