Michael Clarke wants ODI series win over England before heading back to Australia

Michael Clarke said consistent performances will automatically warrant a place in the team © Getty Images

Sep 5, 2013

Australia captain Michael Clarke said that winning the One-Day International (ODI) series against England before heading back home would be a nice especially after losing the Ashes 2013 series.

The long tour that began in June will now head into its final phase as the first of five ODIs is starting on September 6 in Leeds.

Australia have only managed two wins in the entire tour. The first came in the first Twenty20 International on August 29 as they beat England by 39 runs. The second was their 200-run victory against Scotland on September 3 in the one-off ODI.

They lost the Ashes 3-0 but Clarke said it was important for them to win the ODIs and carry that momentum into the tour of India and then the return Ashes series Down Under.

“It’s an important series for us. We didn’t have any success in the Test series so we want to turn that around. It’s been a pretty long trip in the UK so it’d be nice for us to go home on a high with winning the series,” Clarke said as reported by Sydney Morning Herald.

For many Australia players will be fighting for a place in the team even when future tournaments like the 2014 ICC World T20 and 2015 ICC World Cup come about.

Limited overs specialists like George Bailey, Shaun Marsh, Matthew Wade and Mitchell Johnson are amongst those who can push for a Test claim with good performances in the ODIs.

Even Phil Hughes, who was dropped for the match against Scotland, could get back into the team with consistent performances.

“The way to get selected in any team is to make runs or take wickets, it doesn’t matter what form of game you’re playing. I think the boys know that. Whatever the format, put runs on the board and selectors will be looking at you,” Clarke added.

There has also been a lot of interest around the performances of Pakistan-born Fawad Ahmed. The leg-spinner played both the T20Is against England and impressed in the second match by taking three wickets. But Australia lost the match by 27 runs.

“It’s about learning what international cricket’s about and that takes time,” Clarke said of Ahmed.