Feb 16, 2014
Michael Clarke has said that the Australia’s next challenge is to win away from home on a consistent basis. Clarke spoke about this in the aftermath of his side’s comprehensive drubbing of South Africa at Centurion. This Australian side arrived in South Africa at the back of a 5-0 victory in the Ashes 2013-14.
Reuters quoted Clarke, “”The greatest test for us right now is being able to consistently win away from home,” he told reporters after his team romped to a 281-run triumph in the first game of the three-match series. We’ve been very comfortable back in Australia and had a good win in the Ashes against England last month but we’ve found it tough away.”
Last year, Australia were beaten 0-4 in India, but have bounced back well since then. “We were beaten 4-0 in India and lost in England last year and that’s why this series is such a challenge for us. We are playing the best test team in the world, certainly the best attack I’ve ever faced, and we have to be at our best all day every day,” Clarke said.
Clarke praised his team’s attitude and said that they are hungry for success. “We played in this game as good a brand of cricket as we had over the last couple of months. We were perhaps a little short with the ball in the first innings but executed well in the second. It was quite a nasty wicket, it was a good toss to lose,” he concluded.
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