Australia still aiming for top spot despite England hammering, says Clarke

Sydney: Australia captain Michael Clarke has said the team’s goal to become number one in every format of the game hasn’t changed despite getting hammered 4-0 by England in the five-match one-day series.

The number ranked team in one-day internationals, Australia, took a jolt in their ambitions after getting humbled in England with a near whitewash, albeit for a rain abandonment, but skipper Clarke still has lofty aspirations for the side.

“I would like to say our goal is to be No.1 in all three forms of the game. We have been giving guys an opportunity through one-day cricket to have a look at them for Tests as well but I don`t think we have prioritised Test cricket to a level to say we will sacrifice T20 or one-day,” a daily quoted Clarke, as saying.

“Australians want to be the best at what they do and my goal is to stay at No.1 in the one-day format, get back there in the one-day format,” he added.

“I think we have enough good players in the country. We are going to have to work our backsides off but I think we have enough talent to be No.1 in all three forms of the game,” he said.

Clarke said he also realises their ambition faces a major threat from old foes England, and admitted that the poms have the best bowling attack in world for now.

“England`s bowling attack is the best there is at the moment,” Clarke said.

“They have experience and have played a lot of cricket together. It takes a long period of time to be No.1 in the world in the Test format and they`re heading that way in the one-day format,” he added.