Clarke calls for consistency in ODIs away from home

Updated: Aug 28, 2012, 11:04 AM IST

Sydney: Australia captain Michael Clarke has called for his team to improve their away form in one-day international cricket, starting from their three-match series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

Australia have had a mixed time on their travels in recent times, drawing 2-2 in the West Indies before losing 4-0 in England last month.

The one-day series against Pakistan would be followed by a three-match Twenty20 series against the same opponents ahead of next month`s ICC World T20 championship, and Clarke has ordered his young players to get more consistent away from the comfort of home.

“That`s our goal as a team - to make sure we`re playing as well (as we are) at home, away. I think our cricket in general back in Australia has been a lot more consistent than away from Australia, so that`s certainly a goal of the Australian team to make sure we`re performing overseas,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Clarke, as saying.

Like Australia, Pakistan has also had some mixed ODI results this year, as they also lost 4-0 to England in the UAE in February, then won the Asia Cup, but suffered a 3-1 series loss to Sri Lanka in June.

Clarke said: “Both teams are keen to get some consistency, I guess, back into the one-day game. I think Pakistan are a lot like Australia in the fact that they have a lot of talent - it`s just about performing consistently.”