Clarke desperate to sign off with victory

Michael Clarke

“Tomorrow is an important game for us. All the guys would love a win to draw the series,” he said of the third and final one-dayer here on Sunday. “It’s been a really tough tour for us. Result-wise, we haven’t got what we would have liked. We would like to win this match, draw the series and get back home. I think I will get one night in my bed before I fly to Perth for a Twenty20 game against Sri Lanka! Fingers crossed, I am hoping the sun will come out and we will have a match tomorrow,” he stated.

Under constant criticism for his lack of runs, Clarke finally put some runs against his name by notching up a century in Visakhapatnam. “I don’t think I will ever be able to silence the critics,” quipped the right-hander when asked if he has answered his detractors. “My performances in the Tests weren’t anywhere near as good as I would have liked them to be.

“I was very disappointed with my personal performance, and yes, it was very satisfying to make a 100 the other night. Obviously, I have been working pretty hard on my batting in the nets. It was great to turn it around. Hopefully, there will be one more century tomorrow for me,” he noted.

Clarke denied that the ensuing Ashes series had diverted the Australians’ focus from the on-going series. “I don’t think so. I think all the guys are excited about tomorrow’s match. Like I said, we were disappointed that we did not win the other night. We played pretty well, there is room for some improvement as well and we will take that into tomorrow’s game,” he explained.

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