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Michael Clarke restates Australia’s desire to regain No 1 mantle in ODI format

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Michael Clarke confident about Australian team doing well in ODIs © Getty Images

Sydney: Jan 12, 2014

Australian captain Michael Clarke has reiterated his team’s desire to regain the mantle of world’s number one One-Day International (ODI) side  and ruled out any prospect of complacency in the ODI series against England.

Australia are ranked second in the International Cricket Council‘s Rankings behind world No. 1 India, with England ranked third and should Australia win this series and New Zealand win its five-match home series against India, Australia could go to No 1.

According to News.com.au, Clarke said that as a Test team, they had a lot to play for during the Ashes as they were ranked fifth at the time and wanted to get back to No 1, adding that the same goes for the ODI unit, for which they cannot afford to take their foot off the pedal and be complacent in the ODI series.

Meanwhile, Clarke said expectations of a slightly two-paced pitch had probably contributed to James Pattinson being overlooked for the first ODI, although he expected the paceman ‘to play a big part in this series’. Clarke agreed that Australia would go into today’s series opener with a psychological edge over England, but suggested that was because of the 2-1 win in the ODI series in England last September.

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