Australia v India, 4th Test, Adelaide, 5th day January 28, 2012

'Shown the world we're on the way up' - Clarke

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Australia's completion of a 4-0 hiding of India at Adelaide Oval was a triumph without triumphalism. The hosts' captain Michael Clarke said his side was far from "the leader of the pack" after rounding up the visiting tail on the final morning, and he expressed the desire to keep learning from other nations and their methods as his team maintained its climb up the ICC rankings.

Empirically Australia are still ranked behind India, albeit by the barest of margins. Practically they are playing cricket as staunch as any team in the world, but have only just learned how to do it consistently. It cannot be forgotten that Clarke's last Test before the India series began was a loss to New Zealand, the first since 1993.

"Are we the leader of the pack? I don't think we are," Clarke said. "Right now we're not the No.1 Test team in the world, so it's about us trying to become better every single day. We will continue like we have done my whole career to look at other teams and see their strengths and weaknesses, and see where we can improve.

"That's been no different my whole career, whether we've been the No. 1 team in the world or sitting in the No.4 spot. We're playing really well as a group, but we have a lot of work still to do, to achieve what we want to achieve."

Beyond Adelaide lies Twenty20 matches and ODIs against India and Sri Lanka, before a tour of the West Indies. There will be an ODI taster against England in mid-year, then the World Twenty20 before Test battles resume against South Africa and Sri Lanka. Clarke said a consistently high level of performance remained the salient goal of his team.

"The consistency has been an area that we've had to work on as a team," Clarke said. "The loss in South Africa and the loss against New Zealand is something that I guess every player in that change room has had in the front of their minds. That has probably been a bit of an inspiration to make sure when we feel like things are going well to keep pushing forward, to make the most of the momentum that we've been able to have.

"I hate to say it but I think you need that throughout your career. You need to go through a few tough times individually and as a team to realise how hard it is Test cricket but then how special it when you have days like today and a series like this. We're currently ranked fourth in the world so we've got a hell of a lot of work to do to get back to where I'd love to see this team going.

"We've shown a lot of people around the world that w'e're on the way up. We're getting there. We're betting better every day."

Clarke's own performance was a large part of Australia's victory. His aggregate of 626 runs at 125.20 represent a new high-water mark for Clarke in a series - he had never topped 500 in a series previously. Its centrepiece was a monumental 329 not out in Sydney.

"It was a big series for me for the main reason that I didn't perform [in the Ashes] last summer," Clarke said. "I have said since taking over the captaincy that I wanted to lead from the front on the field and make sure I was scoring runs and it's very pleasing to have achieved that this Test series.

"I think I have learnt a lot along the way over the last four Test matches, I think I will continue to learn. It obviously helps when you have got some very good players around you, it makes my job a lot easier. Fortunately we have got some good rewards."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • unregisteredalien on January 30, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Wow, so many bad losers in the comments here! Refusal to acknowledge an opponent's good performance is classic poor sportsmanship. Insistence that the result was dictated by home advantage is arrogance - a charge regularly and unfairly laid on the Australians - along with a good measure of wishful thinking. Thankfully, such self-delusion was finally expelled from the Australian camp after a string of embarrassing defeats, and we are now on the up. Good luck dealing with it in your turn, India.

  • redneck on January 30, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    i love these negative comments by these indians in denial. i just watched your team for 5 days in adelaide, not only is age a factor but the sheer egos of every player in the indian camp is astounding!!!! complete arrogance. think they are superstars (even the players who have just started their international careers), but play like amatures!!! too important to be troubled signing autographs for 10 year old fans, to grant the media an interview! even fielding, tendulker is the only player that can claim to be switched on in the field at all! the rest act like fielding the ball is beneith them!!! aussie arrogance used to be discussed all the time on this site, let me tell you thats nothing compared to the problems this indian side has. egos need deflaiting badly and reality checks all round!!! they seem so sure they will still win at home, i cant see how with preformances like that??? aus has never played as badly in india as india have out here!!! pathetic!!!

  • Meety on January 30, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    @ suko99 - everything that is wrong with Indian cricket! LOL!

  • on January 29, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    *Insert comment about Australia winning at home here*

  • RoJayao on January 29, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    Well done Australia, a great victory against an opponent not only ranked higher and expected to beat us, but according to their fans, who of course are now saying the result meant little, India were supposed to trounce us!! Disgraceful sour grapes. And to those people with short memories, Australia actually just played in the subcontinent, beating Sri Lanka at home, on turning wickets no less. Oh, and drew with a full strength South Africa in South Africa after being in a winning position in the first test. Not bad for a pretty average side eh Cpt.Meanster? Australia do not claim to be no.1, in fact Clarke acknowledged how far we have to go. We are merely up and coming. It is those teams who claim superiority over us that will have plenty to prove in the next couple of years. Not that India need to worry about that anymore with their weak side!

  • on January 29, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Clarke's right, the Australians have a long way to go to get to number 1. The bowling is looking excellent at the moment. None are exceptional strike bowlers (much like each of the english bowlers) but all seem to bowl disciplined line and length and bowl in partnerships. The batting is far from stable at the moment, but with the inclusion of Watson (our best player of the last 18months) into the top order at the expense of marsh, we look a little bit better. Remember, England beat a lower strength Indian team 4-0 not long ago, so we're on our way to returning to a top ranked side. Also, India need to hang their heads in shame. You're never going to be taken seriously as a cricketing nation if you can't even try to win a test overseas. It was a pretty piss poor effort

  • popcorn on January 29, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    We certainly are on the way up, and I like the determination of Michael Clarke. He means business. From the ongoing series being played in UAE, it is clear tyhat England batsmen cannot play spin.Keeping this in mind, and the fact that we would regularly pick 7 batsmen and 4 bowlers,the composition of which will be 6 pure batsmen,1 batting all rounder Shane Watson who can bowl accurate medium pace, 1 specialist batsman cum part time spinner Michael Clarke,3 quicks, 1 full -fledged spinner, Nathan Lyon,we need the pure batsman Dave Warner to develop his leg spin. Remember the earlier days? Ashley Mallett - off spin, Terry Jenner - leg spin?Or at the SCG - Shane Warne and Stuart Macgill?

  • Busie1979 on January 29, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    Can Australia beat South Africa? Of course they can! People are either over-pessimistic or over-optimistic about this team. But don't forget the question marks for the other Can South Africa beat a SETTLED Australian unit in Australia on the rise? They couldn't beat an unsettled Australian unit in South Africa and should have lost 2-0 had Australia not thrown away a dominant position with a terrible 2nd innings of the first test. South Africa are better than England. England are very good but have just been hammered and need a number 6 and possibly a replacement for Strauss. When Watson returns, Australia only need to find one more batsman to fill the number 3 slot. The problem is batting depth outside the team, but the first XI is a pretty good Warner (ave 52.37), Ponting (53.44), Clarke (49.65), Hussey (50.82). Add a solid Watson and the team only needs one more batsman and a keeper (ie. Wade). Bowling looks very good with strong reserves.

  • Andross on January 29, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    @Sawifan - A voice of reason in the darkness, I agree with pretty much everything you said, except for the fact that given how bad that session in SA was, AUS DESERVED to lose that match. Well done Clark, I've always admired his batting, but was a bit sceptical of him as a captain, but he has demonstrated inspired bowling & fielding changes this season, & I hope he keeps it up. Australia's just got to sort out the batting, Marsh out for sure, I'd say even if he does perform in the Shield, Watson hopefully should come back (Which should also further strengthen the bowling), and Cowan and Warner need to work at increasing their 1st wicket average during the WI series. Sort that out, and Aus have a reasonable chance in ENG -- particularly if they take four spinners XD

  • on January 29, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    *Insert comment about India winning at home here*

  • unregisteredalien on January 30, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Wow, so many bad losers in the comments here! Refusal to acknowledge an opponent's good performance is classic poor sportsmanship. Insistence that the result was dictated by home advantage is arrogance - a charge regularly and unfairly laid on the Australians - along with a good measure of wishful thinking. Thankfully, such self-delusion was finally expelled from the Australian camp after a string of embarrassing defeats, and we are now on the up. Good luck dealing with it in your turn, India.

  • redneck on January 30, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    i love these negative comments by these indians in denial. i just watched your team for 5 days in adelaide, not only is age a factor but the sheer egos of every player in the indian camp is astounding!!!! complete arrogance. think they are superstars (even the players who have just started their international careers), but play like amatures!!! too important to be troubled signing autographs for 10 year old fans, to grant the media an interview! even fielding, tendulker is the only player that can claim to be switched on in the field at all! the rest act like fielding the ball is beneith them!!! aussie arrogance used to be discussed all the time on this site, let me tell you thats nothing compared to the problems this indian side has. egos need deflaiting badly and reality checks all round!!! they seem so sure they will still win at home, i cant see how with preformances like that??? aus has never played as badly in india as india have out here!!! pathetic!!!

  • Meety on January 30, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    @ suko99 - everything that is wrong with Indian cricket! LOL!

  • on January 29, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    *Insert comment about Australia winning at home here*

  • RoJayao on January 29, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    Well done Australia, a great victory against an opponent not only ranked higher and expected to beat us, but according to their fans, who of course are now saying the result meant little, India were supposed to trounce us!! Disgraceful sour grapes. And to those people with short memories, Australia actually just played in the subcontinent, beating Sri Lanka at home, on turning wickets no less. Oh, and drew with a full strength South Africa in South Africa after being in a winning position in the first test. Not bad for a pretty average side eh Cpt.Meanster? Australia do not claim to be no.1, in fact Clarke acknowledged how far we have to go. We are merely up and coming. It is those teams who claim superiority over us that will have plenty to prove in the next couple of years. Not that India need to worry about that anymore with their weak side!

  • on January 29, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Clarke's right, the Australians have a long way to go to get to number 1. The bowling is looking excellent at the moment. None are exceptional strike bowlers (much like each of the english bowlers) but all seem to bowl disciplined line and length and bowl in partnerships. The batting is far from stable at the moment, but with the inclusion of Watson (our best player of the last 18months) into the top order at the expense of marsh, we look a little bit better. Remember, England beat a lower strength Indian team 4-0 not long ago, so we're on our way to returning to a top ranked side. Also, India need to hang their heads in shame. You're never going to be taken seriously as a cricketing nation if you can't even try to win a test overseas. It was a pretty piss poor effort

  • popcorn on January 29, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    We certainly are on the way up, and I like the determination of Michael Clarke. He means business. From the ongoing series being played in UAE, it is clear tyhat England batsmen cannot play spin.Keeping this in mind, and the fact that we would regularly pick 7 batsmen and 4 bowlers,the composition of which will be 6 pure batsmen,1 batting all rounder Shane Watson who can bowl accurate medium pace, 1 specialist batsman cum part time spinner Michael Clarke,3 quicks, 1 full -fledged spinner, Nathan Lyon,we need the pure batsman Dave Warner to develop his leg spin. Remember the earlier days? Ashley Mallett - off spin, Terry Jenner - leg spin?Or at the SCG - Shane Warne and Stuart Macgill?

  • Busie1979 on January 29, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    Can Australia beat South Africa? Of course they can! People are either over-pessimistic or over-optimistic about this team. But don't forget the question marks for the other Can South Africa beat a SETTLED Australian unit in Australia on the rise? They couldn't beat an unsettled Australian unit in South Africa and should have lost 2-0 had Australia not thrown away a dominant position with a terrible 2nd innings of the first test. South Africa are better than England. England are very good but have just been hammered and need a number 6 and possibly a replacement for Strauss. When Watson returns, Australia only need to find one more batsman to fill the number 3 slot. The problem is batting depth outside the team, but the first XI is a pretty good Warner (ave 52.37), Ponting (53.44), Clarke (49.65), Hussey (50.82). Add a solid Watson and the team only needs one more batsman and a keeper (ie. Wade). Bowling looks very good with strong reserves.

  • Andross on January 29, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    @Sawifan - A voice of reason in the darkness, I agree with pretty much everything you said, except for the fact that given how bad that session in SA was, AUS DESERVED to lose that match. Well done Clark, I've always admired his batting, but was a bit sceptical of him as a captain, but he has demonstrated inspired bowling & fielding changes this season, & I hope he keeps it up. Australia's just got to sort out the batting, Marsh out for sure, I'd say even if he does perform in the Shield, Watson hopefully should come back (Which should also further strengthen the bowling), and Cowan and Warner need to work at increasing their 1st wicket average during the WI series. Sort that out, and Aus have a reasonable chance in ENG -- particularly if they take four spinners XD

  • on January 29, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    *Insert comment about India winning at home here*

  • Meety on January 29, 2012, 1:40 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 - you forget that we have one of the best allrounders in the world to come back into the side. Also, btw the only bilateral test series we don't own is the Ashes. We retained the series in Sth Africa & against NZ. We will come to India VERY confident we will beat you guys, AND we have a bowling unit that can win back the Ashes. BTW - Siddle & Hilfy have very good records in England, unlike any Indian bowlers!

  • othello22 on January 29, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    Wow... Michaelf Clarke delivers a masterful batting performance, leads his side to a 4-0 clean-sweep against the second ranked test team and then has the decency to be humble about it...And yet the naysayers still come out of the woodwork warning him to stop gloating because better teams are waiting. Better teams, like top ranked England? Bowled out for 72 less than 24 hrs ago by the world's fifth ranked team and are now 0-2 to same opponents. SA? Australia only played them a few months ago in their own backyard and drew 1-1. As for the subcontinent, I believe Sri Lanka is located in the subcontinent guys, and less than six months ago Australia beat them comprehensively (would have been 2-0 if not for wet weather but 1-0 will do). As I recall they came frighteningly close to drawing 1-1 with India the last time they were there as well. Sorry haters, but the nadir of Australian test cricket has already come and gone and your fun is over. We are coming to reclaim our crown.

  • Harry_Kool on January 29, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    @cricopti . Want to change that staement? Only a couple of months ago we won in SL, something your mob haven't done since 1996!And don't forget, your mob were ranked #1 without having won series in Aust, SA or SL since 1996. Anyone thinks Australia isn't on the way back up knows nothing about cricket.

  • RandyOZ on January 28, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    Aus are clearly number 1 in the world now, even though most of us have known that for a while. If we can axe the hacks (Marsh and Haddin) we could well start another 20 years of dominance.

  • Vishnu27 on January 28, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    To all India fans: firstly, READ the words! Secondly, so many sour grapes! India has been so, so resoundingly defeated, but still all most you can talk is trash. Not one Indian player truly stood up on this tour. Yes, Kohli made his maiden ton in the final test. However, no one for India played a match winning innings, or bowled a match winning spell. Your fielding was absymal & the leadership was some of the worst ever seen in recent history. All the "talk" was about "wait until you come to India". How defeatest can you get? @rahulcricket007: tell me which Indian player held his head up on this tour? Not one. Not one batsman averaged 40. Not one bowler took more than 15 wickets or averaged under 30. Perhaps you should be dissecting the deficiences of your own team? The team that lost 4-0.

  • RVC-38 on January 28, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    Why all the angst, all he said was they are on the improve, he does not delude himself like the english who look like getting whitewashed, but keep telling everyone they are number 1.

  • Lallubhai on January 28, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    What does the recent series of test results around the world tell you ? HOME CONDITIONS ARE EVERYTHING .

  • suko99 on January 28, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    I agree with sehwag. sachin , laxman & dravid still has a lot of cricket in them. sachin must try to get to 20000 runs , dravid 17000 & laxman 10000. sachin must try to get to 75 hundreds in tests & 75 in odis. as an indian i'm not worried about win/lose ratio. i want to see my heroes grab every batting record thats in offer. long live sachin..sachin....sacin......sacin

  • Romenevans on January 28, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    When i think about Indian Cricket, Passion and self respect, team above records, only one name comes in my mind, Anil Kumble. Rest all are suffering with a disease called "Selfishness"! Enough said.

  • Khiladiyon_ka_khiladi on January 28, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    @sawifan just wait and watch and remember what i said,I said it before about ponting when he was captain that getting too much proud gonna harm him and he lost his captaincy and struggled for survive and still fighting to prove whatever you think but its true.

  • eyballfallenout on January 28, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Everyone keeps going on about wait till you play SA then we will see. Well we just played them before you came and got flogged, the score was 1-1 in SA not a bad achievement considering you are all saying they will flog us.

  • on January 28, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Good to see Clarke didn't get carried away by the results. Australia and England have been made to look far greater than they are by India's act of lying down and playing dead. Australia have a long way to go. They depended mainly on fast bowlers and batting of Clarke and Ponting. The fast bowlers too weren't really tested by India. The first three wickets fell regularly for less than 50. To return to previous heights they also need better spin bowling and keepers.

  • on January 28, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    Ok M Clarke is on the top of the world, it is understandable because he is the captain first next thing is India is playing with Laxman, Dravid and Tendulkar pillars of Indian batting. When such a great players in the team and beating India 4-0 is awesome. But they are playing in the home, England too wiped out India in the same manner as Australia. See now England is struggling against Pakistan in test away from their home. What is annoying to me is that most of the nations are making pitches which suit to their strengths. Presently no team is Number one test side in my view. India might struggling in the home if they do not change their batting in tests. Now Dravid and Laxman will play on the IPL and wait up to September for next test series. Will this long gap will help them, don't know. Clarke has long way to go and winning on their home is not surprise to me but beating India 4-0 made me surprise because I never expected so pathetic performance from Team India.

  • BustIPL on January 28, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    certainly this performance against india is no barometer of greatness or an upward trend. india were competitive to windies a bit otherwise they never looked a top side. please forgive us the fans as we need competitive cricket and not the dead statistical ICC rankings. we are sickof ICC rankings. ranking had a negative impact on qauality of cricket as team started to plan about statistics and lost focus inside the ground.

  • EvilQuill on January 28, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    @Khiladiyon_ka_khiladi, More excuses, heh? Who exactly stops them from not playing in IPL if they are tired? Surprisingly, I haven't heard umpiring complaints this time. This time even umpires made sure that they checked for no balls after every Indian wickets. Just so that you guys don't start throwing your bats around and threaten to go home!

  • EvilQuill on January 28, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster - When are you going to give some credit to anyone other than your Indian team? If I remember correctly, before the series you and your ilk were full of hot gas claiming how this Indian team is the greatest, how they are going to beat Aus to pulp and how the mystery bowler Ashwins gonna make life hell for batsmen or how Zaks gonna reverse swing etc etc...To beat such a great team 4-0 awesome but Clarke's still being modest...And what's this sudden change of tune that this Indian team is 'below par'? Didn't hear that before the series started!!

  • on January 28, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Australians have proved to be the world champions by winning 4-0. This shows that Indians lack skill in all three departments. The statement the Indians have given to media suggests that they did go to Australia knowing that they would be whitewashed. This shows the lack of self-confidence. This is where India should be proud of Sourav and for his fighting attitude. I think India have aggression only in words but have become lame in their skills. If age is not a factor for the Indian stalwarts then why could we not see the Sachin who made 114 in perth? Where is the Dravid who scored a Double in his previous tour? Where is the Austrailian tormentor Laxman?

    It is time they stop playing and bid farewell to the game. By doing so we might lose matches in sub-contineent too, but, we would have developed a formidable team for the near future.

  • Loki1973 on January 28, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Well done M Clarke and crew. Just one question for the Indian Team. Who was the last side to get smashed on the subcontinent and say "Wait till we get you home on our greentop seamers"????

  • spence1324 on January 28, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    @Meety calm down all Australia have done is copied englands template on how to beat india,when you have figured how to win a series by yourselfs then talk big but In-till then stop piggybacking off englands good run(but at the time of writing just lost so now you WILL have to do your own homework!)

  • ajayrcs on January 28, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    rahulcricket007 first lem make clear to you Sachin who is playing @39 and Dravid @ 40 So how can Ponting can play only one year He younger than Laxman. So please tell these three to retire First then talk about Punter retirement later.Try to improve your team first then talk about other to improve. Haddin was better than Dhoni in this series.Pattinson, Cummins, Starc are the world best young Pacers which they already proved. We will see this Aussie team will back to No.1 one spot again.( By the way they need a spinner like Ajmal of Pakistan).

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 28, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    The story of this series is begins back a t he star of the English summer, the Indians, then world number 1 came to England certain of victory. The best cricket seen since the last Ashes destroyed them utterly, and a humiliated India were easy pickings for an average, middle-ranked Australian team. England served India up on a plate.

  • Khiladiyon_ka_khiladi on January 28, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    @sawifan eyes are open enough to c the future and accept that, like Indian players must accept their flaws. I have been Aussie team fan after India.I am watching cricket from the time of Steve and Mark Waugh as captain and I really love them, I didn't like Ponting from when he started misbehave from teams and umpires (2003) I really liked his captaincy as he always lead the team from front I was the first to comment here, that he become very proud now soon he will face the trouble, so as happened with him, the date he asked to make Clark as captain I always believe its not a good decision as Steve made a good one.I said that and its proof in front of you, I am saying again be patient and wait to see you will soon get a new captain. Pak now they hammered Eng, it happens at home,Ind also whitewashed'em twice,Truth is that Indian gave away all matches because they are tired,its not aus fault but its bonus 4 them,Aus missing fight from opponent as it didn't tell'em where they stand really

  • on January 28, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    @cricopti Refresh my memory please. Where is Sri Lanka exactly??

  • sawifan on January 28, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    Wow! So much negativity in the comments!!! Clarke has outright stated they are nowhere near the #1 team in the world, but a 4-0 victory in such emphatic fashion is most definitely a step forward. And it amazes me that Indian fans are still making excuses, and now deriding the Aussie win. Sure India played badly, but the Aussies took full toll, just as England did to India last year. And people seem to forget, the recent series in SAF was 1-1, AUS didn't lose, and it was only 1 bad session (albeit a terrible session) that lost the 1st test. We did also bowl SAF out for 96, 2 runs less and they would have followed on and it would have been a different game. And India's 2-0 victory at home over WIN wasn't that awe-inspiring either, the Windies had several chances that they didn't take. All in all, this IND team is going to struggle in the near future, both at home and abroad. And @Khiladiyon... Clarke has never been a good player?! open your eyes!

  • takenaback on January 28, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    The plain and simple difference is in the bowling attacks, Australia were relentless and skilful apart from our spinner who is just run of the mill. To be number one in the world Australia will have to keep this bowling momentum going and that is a difficult thing.

  • hmmmmm... on January 28, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    @cricopti - you must need glasses! Clarke assessment is a very honest and humble one - I think that is what we need as we start our climb back to the top. Having previously been very sceptical of Clarke as a future captain and also seen him as a player that made runs when they meant little, his latest phenomenal batting performances and actions of the field as captain have shut me up...he has truly stepped up to a level that he was always touted as! Well done Mr Clarke.

  • sharidas on January 28, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    Fair assessment from Clarke. India really never tested Australia. The real tests will be against South Africa and England. Pakistan will always be a good adversary, but will need a more consistent batting line up to challenge Australia. New Zealand .I would say, will have the occassional flashes against the Aussies, thats all.India ? I think we are at least a few Series away with new faces, before any comment can be made.

  • Meety on January 28, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    @JB77 - I agree, however, I think we have the best crop of pace bowlers around, (I know Steyn & Phillander are pretty hot & I remember the Ashes last year), I also think we have the best captain in Test cricket. We need to look at our top order, but I think Warner & Cowan may be the way forward. Adding Watto, we probably need one more batsmen to replace Huss or Punter then we will be looking good.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 28, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    LOL . FOR REACHING TO NO.1 YOU WOULD HAVE TO BEAT ENG , SA ALSO WHICH I CAN'T SEE HAPPENING . THE REASON IS : THE TWO PLAYERS WHICH WERE CONSISTENT IN BATTING FOR THE WHOLE SERIES IS PONTING & CLARKE HIMSELF , OUT OF WHICH PUNTER WILL NOT PLAY MORE THAN 1 YEAR , WARNER IS ANOTHER VERSION OF SEHWAG WHO WILL ONLY PLAY GOOD IN 1 MATCH & THEN SILENT IN NEXT 5 MATCHES , HADDIN LOOKS TERRIBLE , HUSEEY PLAYED GOOD ONLY IN 2 INNINGS , COWAN SEEMS TO BE TOO DEFENSIVE & TROUBLED BY LEFT ARMERS LIKE ZAHEER , MARSH DOESN'T KNOW HOW TO BAT , THE ONLY PLUS POINT IS THAT THEIR BOWLERS ARE GOOD BUT CAN THEY REPEAT SAME PERFORMANCES AGAINST KALLIS , AMLA , COOK , TROTT DE VILLIERS . LET 'S WAIT & SEEE .

  • Sagay-Ed on January 28, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    One series and so much talking. Losing teams criticized to the lowest point and winning teams going up to the heavens. For Australians, "On the way up" should be in their minds now. If something goes wrong in the next series then what will they do.

  • on January 28, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    Some cricket lovers" views are colored by prejudice. Clarke has ever been a fine cricketer that he is, but he sounds humble in the hour of glory. True Sportsman..... Let us learn to give the Devil its due when it deserves. But Clarke would do well to hone his teams skills to face Indians at India.

  • on January 28, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Clarke's right, the Australians have a long way to go to get to number 1. The bowling is looking excellent at the moment. None are exceptional strike bowlers (much like each of the english bowlers) but all seem to bowl disciplined line and length and bowl in partnerships. The batting is far from stable at the moment, but with the inclusion of Watson (our best player of the last 18months) into the top order at the expense of marsh, we look a little bit better. Remember, England beat a lower strength Indian team 4-0 not long ago, so we're on our way to returning to a top ranked side. Also, India need to hang their heads in shame. You're never going to be taken seriously as a cricketing nation if you can't even try to win a test overseas. It was a pretty piss poor effort

  • kiranrane on January 28, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    No wonder Clark is proud of winning the series and making the way up after the 4-0 whitewash. But Australia team should not be overwhelmed with this victory. It is just the opposite team played bad cricket, but I can never say that Australia played better, though they have played far good cricket then India. If one see the scores, there top order failed in the series (except Perth Test) so as the lower order. The only big difference was the batting form of 2 middle order batsmen. Remember this was the team which was shoot out for less then 50 by South Africa and then again beaten by NewZealand on their own turf. Then how this sudden turnaround? Moreover I can say there bowler bowled better line and length on consistent basis in the series where Indian bowler struggle to do so. But any how a win is win no matter how it comes. Congratulations Australia. You have teach Team India some lesson which I hope they learn

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    I cant wait for another 18Months for that biggest series in cricket. How exciting that could be had Ashes be fixtured this year itself.

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Congrats to Michael Clarke & team & to Micky Arthurs & team.The turn around has been long awaited & is a credit to all concerned."Billy McDermott" must be stoked to see the bowlers following his discipline and benefitting so much from it,hope the batsmen can follow soon

  • JB77 on January 28, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    Good to see/hear that Clarke is realistic about Australia's position. We're not nearly a number one team yet. The bowling (though untested in many respects, especially Lyon) is coming together, but the batting has a way to go. I expect a few steps backward while the top three are sorted and Ponting and Hussey are phased out. Good on the new selectors for sorting a few things out. I feel that 2012 will be an important year in Australia's development, but it's hard to know which direction things will go.

  • cricopti on January 28, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    Don't jump the guns too early, Mr.Clarke !!! Make the the same statements after winning against sub-continent teams at their homes.

  • Khiladiyon_ka_khiladi on January 28, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    Clark has been never ever good player,and I bet Aussie will realize soon, he won against India but mind you these Indian players let them down themselves. There is too much Cricket going on I don't remember when they did rest they must know that human body can never be a machine and still lots of cricket to come...so I will again say nobody failed them, they failed themselves.Tendulkar is now giving his wicket like giving chocolate to children and children are happy "we got it, we got it" when India dominated Australia in last tour there was no IPL and T20

    I said my first line because they were playing with tired players who can't kill a fly dancing on their nose so without fight you can't enjoy victory , its still a victory what you get in free.its a lollipop victory for Aussies gifted by Indian legends

    Future series will tell if he is able to lead Aussie or not.

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    an honest look into his own team's performance..it would have been easy to sound like lord of all after this annihilation but Clarke has shown tremendous maturity..I hope this goes on in the future also

  • Romenevans on January 28, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    Sometimes gifts from hopeless opponents seems like you earned the whole world... Then the sweet dreams ends and here comes england and SA! Enough said.

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    every body have there day. u people proved that u r good at your home when u wil come we will prove that w are none less then any body.

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 28, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    I can only laugh at Pup's statements about being on cloud nine by beating a below par Indian team. To me this Australian team is still in transition and a bit on the average side. They are no where as good as the previous Aussie team and the 4-0 scoreline just goes to show how cheap and poor the Indians have been. However, I do agree that Australia have unearthed a decent bowling unit. If the batting scores between 300-400 regularly this bowling unit can create havoc in the opposition camp. I am sure no team would surrender so meekly like India hence it's too early to predict an Aussie climb back to the top. To me the 3 teams: SA, Eng, and Aus are closely matched and none of them deserve to be no.1 in an authoritative manner. If England manage to win in Asia then that would put them in a good position to remain perched atop for a long time. Australia can also do the same but they need to win more games before that happens.

  • dunger.bob on January 28, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Hope this was a typo ... "We're getting there. We're betting better every day." .... Seriously though, good to see Clarke keeping a lid on things. ..

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  • dunger.bob on January 28, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Hope this was a typo ... "We're getting there. We're betting better every day." .... Seriously though, good to see Clarke keeping a lid on things. ..

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 28, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    I can only laugh at Pup's statements about being on cloud nine by beating a below par Indian team. To me this Australian team is still in transition and a bit on the average side. They are no where as good as the previous Aussie team and the 4-0 scoreline just goes to show how cheap and poor the Indians have been. However, I do agree that Australia have unearthed a decent bowling unit. If the batting scores between 300-400 regularly this bowling unit can create havoc in the opposition camp. I am sure no team would surrender so meekly like India hence it's too early to predict an Aussie climb back to the top. To me the 3 teams: SA, Eng, and Aus are closely matched and none of them deserve to be no.1 in an authoritative manner. If England manage to win in Asia then that would put them in a good position to remain perched atop for a long time. Australia can also do the same but they need to win more games before that happens.

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    every body have there day. u people proved that u r good at your home when u wil come we will prove that w are none less then any body.

  • Romenevans on January 28, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    Sometimes gifts from hopeless opponents seems like you earned the whole world... Then the sweet dreams ends and here comes england and SA! Enough said.

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    an honest look into his own team's performance..it would have been easy to sound like lord of all after this annihilation but Clarke has shown tremendous maturity..I hope this goes on in the future also

  • Khiladiyon_ka_khiladi on January 28, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    Clark has been never ever good player,and I bet Aussie will realize soon, he won against India but mind you these Indian players let them down themselves. There is too much Cricket going on I don't remember when they did rest they must know that human body can never be a machine and still lots of cricket to come...so I will again say nobody failed them, they failed themselves.Tendulkar is now giving his wicket like giving chocolate to children and children are happy "we got it, we got it" when India dominated Australia in last tour there was no IPL and T20

    I said my first line because they were playing with tired players who can't kill a fly dancing on their nose so without fight you can't enjoy victory , its still a victory what you get in free.its a lollipop victory for Aussies gifted by Indian legends

    Future series will tell if he is able to lead Aussie or not.

  • cricopti on January 28, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    Don't jump the guns too early, Mr.Clarke !!! Make the the same statements after winning against sub-continent teams at their homes.

  • JB77 on January 28, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    Good to see/hear that Clarke is realistic about Australia's position. We're not nearly a number one team yet. The bowling (though untested in many respects, especially Lyon) is coming together, but the batting has a way to go. I expect a few steps backward while the top three are sorted and Ponting and Hussey are phased out. Good on the new selectors for sorting a few things out. I feel that 2012 will be an important year in Australia's development, but it's hard to know which direction things will go.

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Congrats to Michael Clarke & team & to Micky Arthurs & team.The turn around has been long awaited & is a credit to all concerned."Billy McDermott" must be stoked to see the bowlers following his discipline and benefitting so much from it,hope the batsmen can follow soon

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    I cant wait for another 18Months for that biggest series in cricket. How exciting that could be had Ashes be fixtured this year itself.