Michael Clarke eyes No 1 ODI ranking for Australia

Michael Clarke is racing against time to be fit for the tour of India that begins in October © Getty Images

Sep 29, 2013

Australian skipper Michael Clarke has expressed his desire to see his team climb to the top of the rankings in the One-Day International (ODI) format once again.

“We’re playing the No.1 one-day team in the world and if beat them convincingly I think we go back to being the No 1 one-day team in the world,” Clarke said, as reported by www.cricket.com.au

“That’s a good enough reason to want to get over there and play well. But any opportunity you get to play for Australia, you look forward to it and want to make the most of it,” he added.

Since July 2012, Australia have not featured at the top of any of ICC’s team ranking list and Clarke is more than eager to change that trend.

“We played some really good one-day cricket in England. I’d love to see that continue in different conditions, and then bring some of that momentum back for the first Test.”

Clarke is optimistic of racing against time to be fit for the India tour and is ready to push himself till the end to feature in the series.

“I think we’re going to push me as far as I can go and see how I pull up. If I pull up fine, great – I’m on the plane,” he said.

“If I don’t then I might have to have scans. I’m going to push myself as hard as I can and try and get right for this series.”