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13.11.2014 Sports News

Michael Clarke moves on from Dale Steyn dispute

By Allsports.com.gh
Michael Clarke moves on from Dale Steyn dispute
LISTEN NOV 13, 2014

Steyn is yet to forgive Clarke for a sledge during a Test between the teams in March, and the pair meet again in the first one-day international in Perth on Friday.

But Clarke is desperate to move on from the issue, not drawn on it when quizzed during a news conference on Thursday.

"I think it's sold enough papers over the last couple of weeks. I think the media has used it really well," Clarke said.

"It's made headlines for at least a week. I think that's enough. I think we can now focus on what's important - playing cricket."

Batsman Steve Smith has been named 12th man for the series opener, while Josh Hazlewood is part of the XI.

All-rounder Shane Watson will bat at number three on what is expected to be a somewhat grassy wicket.

Clarke said it had been difficult for selectors, but he just wants to see his team start the five-match series well.

"A couple of tough selections there from the selectors, a couple of tough decisions," he said.

"As we know, we've got to play our best. We're playing against a fantastic team and we have to be on top of our game to beat them.

"Hopefully we can start this series really well tomorrow."

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