Clarke denies dossier plot

  • Last Updated: November 8 2012, 8:54 GMT

Michael Clarke is adamant he had no knowledge that a dossier outlining precisely how Australia will attack South Africa over the next month would be leaked to the media on the eve of the first Test.

Clarke: Dossier "a good read"

Several newspapers carried the story that said Australia would look to use short-pitched bowling and verbal aggression to get into the heads of the Proteas, the number one-ranked Test nation.

Dubbed the 'Protea files', the dossier dissects the strengths and weaknesses of the South African squad and the methods intended to unsettle them - including world-number-one batsman Hashim Alma, who it is suggested Australia will target in a 'psychological war'.

Asked if he knew if the file was deliberately leaked to newspapers as part of a mental game with the South Africans, Clarke told reporters: "I can only talk from my behalf - no, not that I know of.

"Good read, wasn't it? There's certainly information in there that's common knowledge.

"We as a team don't have an official dossier, as such. We look at footage, we talk about opposition players, we study opposition strengths and weaknesses as a bowling group and a batting group.

"There was some other stuff in there that was quite an interesting read ... (that) we certainly haven't spoken about.

"At the end of the day we have plans for every opposition we play against and it's no different against South Africa."

This is not the first time a secret Australian cricket team document has been published in full ahead of a series.

In 2000, former coach John Buchanan's entire gameplan was leaked ahead of a one-day tournament in New Zealand.

Clarke said the onus was on Australia to stop talking about what they plan to do in the three-Test series which begins tonight at the Gabba, and simply get it done.

"Both teams would have read the papers, that's for sure. That's what we do," he said.

"The most important thing for me is, it's not about what you say, it's about what you do.

"That's the Australian team's attitude at the moment, making sure tomorrow morning we turn up.

"Enough's been said in the media, the series has been built up beautifully. Now it's about what we do."

Meanwhile, Australia are no closer to deciding who their 12th man will be for the first Test at the seamer-friendly Brisbane ground.


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