Sydney - Captain Michael Clarke stressed on Wednesday that no Australian teams
he has played with have been involved in corruption, saying it was wrong
for all cricketers to be tarred by match-fixing.
International Cricket Council has a long-running investigation into the
scourge, and reports emerged this week that New Zealand captain Brendon
McCullum had been asked to fix games.
McCullum is not under
investigation, but his evidence to the ICC's anti-corruption unit leaked
to Britain's Daily Mail reveals he was approached by a "world renowned
former cricketer" in 2008.
The Kiwi captain reportedly said that
"Player X, whom he described as "a hero who became a friend", offered
him up to 107 000 pounds ($180 000) to underperform in matches.
said that the 'Big Boys' in international cricket were doing it and he
didn't want me to miss out," the Mail reported him saying, with the
first approach in Kolkata before the inaugural Indian Premier League and
the second in England the same year.
Clarke said Australian
players were taught from a young age about corruption and what to be on
the look-out for in terms of approaches and knew the difference between
right and wrong.
"I am extremely confident about the players that I've played with," he told reporters.
this Australian team, they all know very clearly that there's no room
for corruption in our team. A big part of our job is to uphold the
integrity of our sport and I think we do that well.
"I can only
talk about Australian players, but in this country we are very well
educated and I'm very happy, satisfied and confident that Australian
players are making the right decisions."
Clarke refused to comment
on individual players when asked about former New Zealand player Chris
Cairns, who has acknowledged his name has been linked to Player X but
denied any involvement with corruption or match-fixing.
everybody involved in the game is disappointed that things like this
happen, but I want to pay credit to the ICC and Cricket Australia for
the work they put in to try and stop this," he said.
think we should be tarring all the players with the same brush. What
we've seen of late is it's a minority that is dealing with these sort of
issues. Like I say, I would be disappointed if the supporters and fans
of cricket think that this is happening a lot more than it is."
"I don't care who it is, I want to see it stamped out," he added.
who said he had not picked up a bat for several months after a bruising
tour of South Africa and seeing Australia reclaim the top spot in ICC
Test rankings, said he was fully recovered.
Paceman Ryan Harris,
who underwent knee surgery after the series win in South Africa, said he
too was on the road to full recovery, and "just about" walking normally
for the first time in two years.