The captain of the Australian cricket team, Michael Clarke, has said that the Australian players will put up an improved performance in the ODI series against Pakistan. The Australian team was beaten comprehensively by the English team a few days ago in a 5 match ODI series. Clarke said that the team is strengthened by the come back of Mike Hussey. Hussey didn’t play in the ODI matches against England due to some of his family problems, but, he is back in the Australian team again for the ODIs against Pakistan.
As per Clarke, Hussey is an experienced batsman and he is a vital member of the Australian ODI team. He paces his inning beautifully and knows when to go for the big shots. In the absence of Hussey, the Australian middle order had collapsed in all the four matches against England. On being asked about the weakness of Australian batsmen against the spinners, Clarke said that the Australian batsmen should use their feet against the spinners. As per Clarke, in the subcontinent conditions, the players would have to face a lot of spin bowling and it is very difficult to negotiate the spinners if you don’t use your feet well. Clarke, himself, is considered as one of the best batsmen in the world against the spinners.
Meanwhile, Australia has slipped down to no. 4 in the official ODI rankings of International Cricket Council (ICC).England has become the no. 1 side in the ODIs and South Africa and India are at no. 2 and no. 3 respectively. On being asked about the rankings, Clarke said that these rankings can quickly change if you perform well in two or three series. As per Clarke, he doesn’t care too much about the rankings. He just wants the players to perform consistently.