Aussies play down leaked `secret dossier` on SA

Brisbane: Australia captain Michael Clarke has played down the significance of the so-called "Protea Files" leaked in the domestic media a day ahead of the series-opening Test against South Africa.

A leading Australian daily on Thursday claimed it had a two-page document which reveals a blueprint for targeting perceived weaknesses in each of the South Africa players, including a "psychological war" on top-order batsman Hashim Amla.

Clarke told a news conference the Australian team didn`t create an official dossier on opposing players and "there`s certainly information in there that is common knowledge."

He also rejected the suggestion that information in the leading daily was deliberately leaked as a psychological ploy. Former coach John Buchanan`s plans for the New Zealand team were leaked in the media in 2000.

PTI

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