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Australia captain Michael Clarke has announced that he believes the 2015 World Cup is more important than rankings at the moment.
Clarke is determined to win the World Cup since Australia will be playing on home soil and are thus seen as one of the favourites to win the tournament.
Clarke also noted that he doesn’t care who wins the ongoing ODI tri-series, which involves Australia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, since the World Cup in the “be all and end all”.
“Whoever wins that tournament will be seen as the No.1 One-Day team in the world,” Clarke said. “That’s the way I’ve always looked at One-Day rankings.
“I guess you love being No.1 in any form of the game but…you get a great indicator who is the No.1 team in the world in six months time playing in a World Cup. That’s what dictates it.”
Australia, who are currently the top-ranked ODI team, will be looking to win their fifth World Cup. They won three consecutive World Cups in 1999, 2003 and 2007, but failed to make it four in a row in 2011 since they choked in the quarter-final against India, who went on to win the tournament.
Clarke also noted that his side will be tough to beat since they will have the home crowd behind them.
“I hope so. The home support played a huge part in us having the success we did last summer,” he said. “We’d love for it to be exactly the same. I think the Australian public in general like to see fighters, that’s in our blood…and that’s what this Australian team is trying to do. We hit rock bottom in India (on the 2013 Test tour) and we’ve been able to turn it around.”