Clarke believes consistency will help Australia become the number one team in all formats again
Australia captain Michael Clarke has called on his team improve their overseas ODI record for the upcoming season, starting with the three match ODI series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.
In the past few months, Australia have not looked to be at their best when playing in ODIs, as they drew 2-2 against the West Indies in the Caribbean before being humiliated 4-0 by the England squad.
Clarke stated that he wants the younger players in the squad to get used to conditions all over the world, and wants them to perform at a consistent level before the start of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20.
The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Clarke, as saying: “That’s our goal as a team – to make sure we’re playing as well (as we are) at home, away. I think our cricket in general back in Australia has been a lot more consistent than away from Australia, so that’s certainly a goal of the Australian team to make sure we’re performing overseas.”
Just like Australia, Pakistan too have experienced a rather dismal time in the limited overs format, losing 4-0 to England in the United Arab Emirates in February before bouncing back to win the Asia Cup, but their winning streak would not continue as Sri Lanka handed them a 3-1 series loss in June.
“Both teams are keen to get some consistency, I guess, back into the one-day game. I think Pakistan are a lot like Australia in the fact that they have a lot of talent – it’s just about performing consistently,” Clarke said.