Michael Clarke says England deserves to retain the Ashes but believes the Australian team is heading in the right direction with great performances from many of the squad throughout the series.
Michael Clarke insists Australia's defiant effort in the drawn fifth Test against England proves they are ready to mount a strong challenge to regain the Ashes.
Clarke's team were beaten 3-0 in the five-Test series, failing to win a single Test in an Ashes series for the first time since their 3-0 loss in England in 1977.
They have also gone nine Tests without a victory following a 4-0 loss in India earlier this year.
But, despite that miserable sequence, Australia captain Clarke sees signs his much-maligned side are on the up.
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The Ashes 2013-14
Dec 5, 2013 (05:31 IST) at Adelaide
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka in UAE, 2013-14
Dec 11, 2013 (21:30 IST) at Dubai
West Indies tour of New Zealand 2013-14
Dec 11, 2013 (03:00 IST) at Wellington
India in South Africa 2013
Dec 11, 2013 (17:00 IST) at Centurion
Dec 13, 2013 (08:00 IST) at Perth
Dec 8, 2013 at Durban
South Africa won by 134 runs
Pakistan vs Afghanistan in UAE, 2013
Dec 8, 2013 at Sharjah
Pakistan won by 6 wkts
Dec 5, 2013 at Johannesburg
South Africa won by 141 runs
Dec 3, 2013 at Dunedin
Pakistan in South Africa 2013
Nov 30, 2013 at Centurion
South Africa won by 4 wkts
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