Michael Clarke fed up with Australia's down slide in ICC rankings

Michael Clarke said every player knows that it’s unacceptable for an Australian team to sit there, but that’s easy to say; it’s about what we do AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Sydney: Aug 22, 2012

Michael Clarke has demanded Australia to turn things around during their series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

Australia were crushed by England in the recent concluded one-day series, succumbing 4-0 with a washed-out third match denying the hosts a clean sweep.

“It’s up to us to realise we sit fourth in the one-day rankings, third in the Test rankings and eighth or ninth in the Twenty20 rankings,” Clarke was quoted saying by a cricket website.

“Every player knows that it’s unacceptable for an Australian team to sit there, but that’s easy to say; it’s about what we do.”

Clarke said it was up to individuals to take responsibility for results.

“It’s actually not about what we say now, it’s about what we do as a team,” Clarke said in Sydney before flying to Dubai.

“We’ve all sat in meetings and heard the captain or the coach have their say, but it’s now up to us as individual players and as a team to do something about it.”

Australia face Afghanistan in a one-day international in Sharjah on Saturday before three one-dayers and three Twenty20 internationals against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.