<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="ICC Champions Trophy success could help us gain momentum in Ashes, reckons Michael Clarke" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130425111641.jpg" title="ICC Champions Trophy success could help us gain momentum in Ashes, reckons Michael Clarke" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Michael Clarke and several players left on Sunday for England to prepare for the ICC Champions Trophy © IANS</p> </div> <strong>Sydney: May 26, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Skipper <a href="/tags/Michael-Clarke/post" target="_blank">Michael Clarke</a> said on Sunday he is looking for success in next month's ICC Champions Trophy to gain Ashes series momentum for his side against England.<br /> <br /> Clarke and several players left on Sunday for England to prepare for the June 6-23 Champions Trophy in England and Wales as a prelude to the five-Test Ashes series in July-August.<br /> <br /> While interest has centred on the <a href="/tags/Ashes/post" target="_blank">Ashes</a> starting at Nottingham's <a href="/tags/Trent-Bridge/post" target="_blank">Trent Bridge</a> ground on July 10, Clarke said is prioritising what is immediately ahead of his team in the Champions Trophy.<br /> <br /> "Obviously the build-up and the talk is going to be about the Ashes, but for us as a team we're very focused on the Champions Trophy," Clarke told reporters at Sydney Airport.<br /> <br /> "We know already that if you are not 100 percent focused, you've got no chance. I think you'll see a really focused one-day outfit in this Champions Trophy tournament.<br /> <br /> "I think the extra motivation if we can have success in this one-day tournament, and drag that confidence and momentum into the first Test, I think that will be very handy. We've got a really good squad and some good options to win the Champions Trophy and I'm confident if we can play our best we can have some success in this tournament."<br /> <br /> Clarke nominated <a href="/tags/England/post" target="_blank">England</a>, <a href="/tags/South-Africa/post" target="_blank">South Africa</a>, <a href="/tags/West-Indies/post" target="_blank">West Indies</a> and <a href="/tags/Pakistan/post" target="_blank">Pakistan</a> as Australia's major rivals for the Champions Trophy.<br /> <br /> Australia are chasing their third straight Champions Trophy after winning in India (2006) and South Africa (2009).<br /> <br /> Clarke said he hadn't decided where he'll bat in the Test team but would come in at No.4 in the one-day side. "We have probably the most exciting 12 months of our careers ahead of us," he said, referring to back-to-back Ashes campaigns with Australia hosting England during the 2013/2014 southern hemisphere summer.