Clarke empathises with England's Cook

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Australia captain Michael Clarke has empathised with his England counterpart Alastair Cook, saying it wasn't long ago that he was on the losing end of an Ashes series and knows how painful it is.

Australia captain Michael Clarke has empathised with his England counterpart Alastair Cook, saying it wasn't long ago that he was on the losing end of an Ashes series and knows how painful it is.

Clarke's side won the Ashes Down Under three-nil on Tuesday in Perth, winning the third Test by 150 runs as England's batsmen (aside from centurion Ben Stokes) again failed to show enough fight.

But Clarke said that with two games to play, people shouldn't be so quick to judge Cook, especially as he had won the Ashes three nil earlier this year, and was a superb captain as such.

Clarke said after the match and celebrations: "I know what Alastair feels like at the moment. You know, it wasn't that long ago that I sat in the same position.

"Test cricket is extremely hard and I know what it feels like to sit on the other side and not get the result you want.

"But that doesn't mean that you haven't got the best players there, that doesn't mean you haven't got the best captain there."

Clarke went on to defend Cook's reputation against everyone calling for his resignation, saying people had short memories and only a few months ago saw Cook lead England to an Ashes victory.

Pup, who also played his 100th Test in Perth, added: "I think Alastair Cook is a fantastic leader to play 100 Test matches and have the record that he has, I think he deserves a lot of recognition.

"From my personal experience, I believe Alastair Cook is a wonderful player and a very good captain and I certainly don't believe he deserves the criticism that I've read in the last few days, nor do the England team.

"You know, they outplayed us two months ago in the UK. I don't think it's fair for someone who's played 100 Test matches, to judge his career or his captaincy on three Tests in Australia.

"I don't personally think that's a fair indication for someone that has been a fantastic player for England over a long period of time."

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