Australia never proved to be a threat to England throughout the entire ODI series
Australia Test captain Michael Clarke has announced that the national squad’s goal is to become the top ranked team in all three formats of the game, despite being annihilated by England in a recent ODI series.
Australia, who were the number one ODI team, slipped down to second place after England trashed them 4-0 in the five match ODI series, with one game being called off due to bad weather.
With the team being given a wake up call, Clarke stated that he believes his squad can turn things around and become the number one team in all formats.
The Age, quoted Clarke as saying: “I would like to say our goal is to be No.1 in all three forms of the game. We have been giving guys an opportunity through one-day cricket to have a look at them for Tests as well but I don’t think we have prioritised Test cricket to a level to say we will sacrifice T20 or one-day, Australians want to be the best at what they do and my goal is to stay at No.1 in the one-day format, get back there in the one-day format.”
However, Clarke knows that getting back to the top in all three formats will not be a walk in the park.
“I think we have enough good players in the country. We are going to have to work our backsides off but I think we have enough talent to be No.1 in all three forms of the game,” he said.
Clarke also noted that in order to get back to the top they would have to go through their arch-rivals England, and admitted that they have the best bowling attack out of all the international teams.
“England’s bowling attack is the best there is at the moment, they have experience and have played a lot of cricket together. It takes a long period of time to be No.1 in the world in the Test format and they’re heading that way in the one-day format,” Clarke added.