Wed July 11, 2012 9:49am
AUSTRALIAN skipper Michael Clarke concedes he never saw a crushing 4-0 hammering against England coming - prompting a crunch debrief with fellow selectors to map a quick rebound next month against Pakistan.
Clarke won't cop Australia's heaviest bilateral one-day series defeat on the chin. It serves as a 'reminder', says Clarke, of the chasm between the teams just 12 months away from the Ashes.
Australia won the tri-series against Sri Lanka and India at home then squared the one-day series 2-2 against the West Indies having won the Frank Worrell Trophy. However there will be a period of intense reflection after an England team identical to its Test line-up wiped the floor with 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," he said.
"I thought our training was outstanding but we have no excuses."
Australia's vow to stand up to 'bully' England ended in tears.
Clarke's side are 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 result.
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"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 after today's rain affected (D/L) seven-wicket loss to England in Manchester.
"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."
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