Michael Clarke says Aussies need to raise the bar.posted under: Australia | All news
|Aussie test and ODI captain Michael Clarke wants his team to top International cricket and has said that the limited-overs tournament against hosts England and Ireland is the starts of a two year campaign to the top, which he hopes to end in dominance.
Australia are currently #1 on the ICC ODI rankings, but a few lackluster performances have seen them drop to #3 in tests and #6 in T20s.
“We've been the number one ODI team in the world for a while now but we need to continue to raise the bar. I think our cricket of late in the shorter form hasn't been as consistent as we would like,” the captain was quoted saying.
“I think once we get on the plane it's probably the start of a two-year journey for this Australian team, whether it be the one-day team, the Test team or the Twenty20 team, to have a lot of success and get back to being the number one in all forms of the game.”
He’s also delighted by the way the test side have pulled their socks up since he took over as skipper and now has sights on the shortest format of the game, all the while trying to maintain top form in the other two formats.
Australia will play two English County teams and a One Day International against Ireland before facing #4 ranked England in the ODI series. Clarke also added that he was surprised that star English batsman Kevin Pietersen had retired from ODIs recently.
He was quoted saying: “I'm thrilled I don't have to play against him in one-day cricket because he's such a good player and he's had a lot of success and he's a natural in it.But England have a lot of good players in their team.”
Clarke is also confident that the recent dispute with Aussie players and Cricket Australia regarding their salaries will also be resolved by the end of the month and added that the last thing he wanted to do at this stage was to go on strike.