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Clarke, selectors return to drawing board after suffering series whitewash

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 13:18

Melbourne: Australian skipper Michael Clarke has returned to the drawing board with fellow selectors to map a quick rebound against Pakistan next month after receiving a crushing 4-0 hammering in the ODI series at the hands of England.

Australia won the tri-series against Sri Lanka and India at home, and then squared the one-day series 2-2 against the West Indies having won the Frank Worrell Trophy.

There will be a period of intense reflection after an England team identical to its Test line-up beat Australia.

“We need to play better cricket. We need to sit down as a team and have a look at our performances over the last 12 months and areas we need to get better. I thought our training was outstanding but we have no excuses,” said Clarke.

Australia is now ranked No.1 in name only after England (3/138, 27.1 overs) registered its 10th successive win by seven wickets in a rain-affected match.

“I think a lot of credit needs to go to England as well. They`ve outplayed us in all four matches, they`ve been very consistent, their bowlers have bowled with good patience and discipline and their batters have made runs," said Clarke.

“We haven`t done both. We didn`t have anybody make a big score as a batter, we lost a lot of early wickets throughout the series and we didn`t execute our skills as well as you need to,” he said after rain affected (D/L) seven-wicket loss to England in Manchester.

The news only got worse for the visitors with David Hussey becoming the fourth casualty of the tour, straining a hamstring in icy conditions while batting.

Brett Lee, Shane Watson (calf) and Pat Cummins (side) are already home.


First Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 13:18

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