You’re letting the country down, Clarke tells Australian batsmen

 
Julian Harris
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AUSTRALIA captain Michael Clarke hit out at his fellow batsmen, after the tourists managed only 363 runs during the two innings of the second Test defeat at Lord’s.

The visitors have a mountain to climb in order to reclaim the Ashes, having lost the opening two Tests against England for the first time since 1978-79.

“Our performance with the bat in the first innings was unacceptable. We had a great opportunity and we let ourselves down,” Clarke said.

“I’m still confident we can win this series. [But] we’re letting ourselves and our supporters down at the moment by the way we batted in the first innings. I think our bowlers are fighting as hard as they possibly can – and we’re letting them down as well.”