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Tue, 20 Aug 2013 21:15:00 GMT | By Star Sports

This is not a charity tour, says Clarke

Michael Clarke has asked his players to step up during the fifth Test at The Oval


This is not a charity tour, says Clarke

With the series sealed with England leading 3-0, Australia will be playing for pride and Clarke wants each batsman to get a big score.

"This is not a charity tour," Clarke told The Age.

"It's not about giving blokes a go and hoping for the best. All the selectors can do is pick what they feel is the best XI but it's up to us as players to do our job and unfortunately our batting has let us down throughout the series so far.

"Unfortunately that's what happens when you don't make as many runs as you like. And again I know there's been a lot of talk back home about consistency of selection but the selectors are trying to do everything in their power to help us win and if guys aren't performing, unfortunately you can't select them. Or if you're not performing, you get dropped.

"Every single one of us, every one of the batters, would like a big score. I think the last double-hundred away from Australia was scored by Jason Gillespie [in Bangladesh in 2006]. It's a long time ago. I'm not big on stats, but I know that stat."

Clarke said that his players were clear of the 'perform or perish' ultimatum handed down by coach Darren Lehmann.

"I haven't had one conversation with the players about it to be honest, so they've obviously reacted OK. They've probably accepted it," Clarke said.

"They're realists. It's like any sport at the highest level. If you're not performing, there's a chance you can get dropped. I think every single player understands that.”

"It was more or less about us standing up as senior players and leading from the front. It was a reminder that we continue on and off the field to lead the way. It is more important when things aren't going to plan."

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