The Ashes: Michael Clarke says that enforcing follow-on "irrelevant" if Australia don't win

England ended the day at 52/2, trailing Australia by 475 runs. Australia had earlier declared at 527/7.

updated: August 03, 2013 08:42 IST
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Manchester, United Kingdom: Michael Clarke, the Australia captain, refused to get excited by the excellence of his team's performance over the first two days of the third Ashes Test. He also refused to answer a question asking whether or not he would enforce the follow-on, should the opportunity present itself. "Let's just get our third wicket first," he laughed.

Though Australia ended the second day with England 475 runs behind and with only eight wickets remaining in their first innings, he acknowledged that this would be rendered "irrelevant," were Australia not to win the Test match.

Clarke felt similarly about his brilliant innings of 187, also revealing he wasn't particularly impressed with how he batted. "I didn't feel that great yesterday or today," he explained. "I felt there was probably enough in the wicket - I played and missed a hell of a lot and had a fair bit of luck."

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