Off-season break should help us to get back on top: Clarke

Last Updated: Apr 15, 2011, 12:25 PM IST

Melbourne: Australia captain Michael Clarke wants his teammates to make use of the long off-season break to the fullest in their bid to get back on top of world cricket.

On Wednesday night, Australia thrashed Bangladesh by 66 runs to make a clean sweep of three-match ODI series.

The Australians will enjoy a four month-break till August. After that they will tour Sri Lanka for Tests and one-dayers, before touring South Africa and hosting India and New Zealand for a tri-series.

Clarke said players needed to use the four-month break to prepare mentally and physically for the team`s climb back to powerhouse status in all forms of the game.

"I`ve said all along, every day we get out of bed, we`ve got to look to get better, and this break we have now is no different," he said.

"You have time off, but you`ve got to get yourself fit and strong and get rid of all the niggles that blokes have in their bodies and get ready for what`s going to be another big 12 months coming up," he added.

The skipper feels that the best part about the ODI series was atleast one player scored a century in each match.

Young James Pattinson who will play for KKR in the IPL also impressed the skipper.