Australian captain Michael Clarke has told his team their world rankings are “unacceptable” as he worked to fire them up ahead of upcoming matches against Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Clarke and the Australian aggregation face arising cricketing nation Afghanistan in a alone one-dayer in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday afore three matches adjoin Pakistan and a Twenty20 series.
Speaking advanced of his departure, Clarke said the players allegation to advance decidedly on their 4-0 base by England in their endure one-day series.
“We didn’t play anywhere abreast as able-bodied as we would’ve admired in England.
“We abstruse a lot and it was nice for some of the guys who hadn’t accomplished those altitude to get over and do that, but we absolutely didn’t get the after-effects we were after.
“So I anticipate it’s a acceptable befalling to about-face that around.”
Australia are demography an accomplished band to the UAE, which will be followed by the World Twenty20 clash in Sri Lanka, and they accept affluence to prove, accepting slipped down the rankings in all forms of the game.
Earlier this ages they absent the top atom on the International Cricket Council’s one-day rankings for the aboriginal time in about three years.
Going into the UAE series, Australia sit abaft England, South Africa and India while things are even worse on the T20 ladder, with Australia ninth, beneath New Zealand and minnows Bangladesh.
They are third in the Test stakes, afloat of South Africa and England.
“It’s not about what you say now, it’s about what we do as a team,” Clarke said.
“It’s now up to us, as alone players and as a team, to do something about it.
“To realise that we sit fourth in the one-day rankings, we sit third in the Test rankings and I anticipate we sit eighth or ninth in the Twenty20 rankings.
“Every amateur knows that’s unacceptable for an Australian team.”
Coach Mickey Arthur will absence the one-day basic of the UAE bout to focus on advancing for theTwenty20 World Cup, but will acknowledgment for the Twenty20 alternation adjoin the Pakistanis, which follows the one-dayers.
Fielding drillmaster Steve Rixon will be in allegation in Arthur’s absence.
“Yes, we’ve got these four one-dayers which are acute to the one-day setup,” said Clrake.
“But the bigger account for the T20 boys is the Twenty20 World Cup and Mickey wants to accomplish abiding there’s no rock larboard unturned to win that tournament.”