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Clarke demands more from his charges

Sportal January 21, 2013, 7:43 am
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Australia captain Michael Clarke wants to see his team play a better brand of cricket than they are at the moment.

Clarke was disappointed the fourth one-day international against Sri Lanka was abandoned after rain interrupted play at the SCG, because it means Australia no longer have a chance to win the series.

Australia trail 2-1 with just one game to play, so their best possible result would be a drawn series after Wednesday's match in Hobart.

Despite a top-order batting collapse, Australia managed to post a total of 9-222 on Sunday, which Clarke thought was a decent effort under the circumstances.

"I think our top four need to find a way to set a platform to build a good total," he said.

"I think 250 on that wicket would've been a fantastic score - 220 is about par."

"I'd rather see us lose the game than not get a result at all, as long as we're having a crack at winning."

Asked if it was refreshing to have the same starting XI for two successive matches following a summer of frequent changes, Clarke said he was not bothered by who plays as long as Australia win.

"It would be nice if we were winning games of cricket, that's all I care about," Clarke said.

"I don't care what XI takes the field, I don't care who takes 10 wickets, I don't care who makes the runs - I just want the Australian team to continue to have success in all forms of the game.

"I want to see us winning, I want to see us playing better cricket than what we're playing at the moment."

Clarke did praise the standout performances of David Warner and Mitchell Starc.

Warner anchored the hosts' knock before a controversial lbw decision saw him depart for 60, while Starc scored an unbeaten 52 at the end of the innings to help his team to a respectable total.

And Clarke is confident Starc would have followed up his batting performance with a good bowling one had the game not been called off.

"Mitchell Starc deserves a lot of credit for that (Australia's total)," he said.

"But I think there was enough in the wicket with the new ball if we bowled in the right areas, I thought it would've been hard to chase those runs."

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