The former Australian skipper said international cricket must remain the priority for players over participation in the raft of lucrative global Twenty20 tournaments now available to high-profile stars.
     
But he accepts Tests will only remain the pinnacle of the game if authorities find a balance that allows top players to also take part in competitions such as the Indian Premier League and Australia's current Big Bash League.
     
"The players that are here playing in the BBL (Big Bash League) I think it's really disappointing they're not part of the West Indies Test team," the recently retired Clarke said.
     
The worst fears for the West Indies series in Australia were realised when they crashed to an innings defeat inside three days in the first Test in Hobart last week. There is little confidence the Caribbean tourists can lift their game for the feature Boxing Day and New Year Tests in Melbourne and Sydney.
     
Anticipated easy wins for Australia has also turned off fans, with speculation that the Boxing Day crowd on Australian cricket's biggest day of the calendar could be the lowest in 16 years.

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