Michael Clarke and Simon Katich have found themselves at verbal loggerheads over Australia's behaviour on the cricket field with the former wanting the Aussies to revert to their aggressive best and the latter, obviously disagreeing to it.

Clarke and Katich have had a history of altercations for famously clashing physically in the dressing room during their days as active international cricketers.

Now the two have indulged in a verbal disagreement over the niceness displayed by Australian players on the field following the ball tampering incident in March earlier this year.

Michael Clarke
Clarke believes Australia will s**t with their niceness.GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images

Clarke has joined the growing band of former players singing the verse of criticism on the new Australian ethos and believes that this tempered attitude will adversely affect the team's chances of success.

"You don't need to be best mates with everyone. Australian cricket, I think, needs to stop worrying about being liked and start worrying about being respected," the former Australia captain told Macquarie Sports Radio.

Clarke believes the team should play tough because it is in the Aussie blood to do so and if they try to move away from it, they will not win anything.

"Play tough Australian cricket. Because whether we like it or not, that's in our blood. If you try and walk away from it, we might be the most liked team in the world, we're not going to win s**t. We won't win a game. Boys and girls want to win."

Katich refuted Clarke supporting the findings of the Longstaff Review that a culture of "winning without counting the cost" had been fostered in the Australian game.

"The point is, we were caught for blatantly cheating and we have to rectify that as soon as possible to earn back the respect of the cricketing public in Australia and worldwide.

"We've been a disliked team for a number of years through that on-field behaviour and it obviously came to a head in Cape Town.

Simon Katich
Katich wants Australia to be nice and earn their respect back.Ashley Allen - CPL T20/Getty Images

"They can still play the Australian way in terms of playing competitive and playing fairly, but not going over the top and going across the rules like they did in Cape Town."

The ball tampering incident has had a massive impact on Australian cricket including bans on the team's then-captain and vice-captain, Steve Smith and David Warner, respectively.

In the absence of the aforementioned duo, wicketkeeper Tim Paine will lead the Aussies against India in the four-match Test series starting on December 6 at Adelaide.