'Crestfallen' Clarke says poor rankings for Oz team 'unacceptable'
Johannesburg, Aug 22(ANI): Australia captain Michael Clarke has said it is unacceptable for his team to stay at such low rankings in cricket pointing towards their third place ranking in Test cricket, fourth in one-day cricket and ninth in Twenty20 cricket.
Clarke has demanded of his players that they improve their performances during the upcoming limited over series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.
"(It's up to us) to realise. We sit fourth in the one-day rankings, third in the Test rankings and eighth or ninth in the Twenty20 rankings," Sports24 quoted Clarke, as saying.
"Every player knows that it's unacceptable for an Australian team to sit there, but that's easy to say; it's about what we do," he added.
It has been a lean two years for Australian cricket after Clarke took over the captaincy, and under his leadership, Australia have remained more than competitive, but their ability to dominate teams does not exist at present.
Clarke said much had been said about the performances of his team, but the time for talking was now over, and, it was up to individuals to take responsibility for results.
"It's actually not about what we say now, it's about what we do as a team. We've all sat in meetings and heard the captain or the coach have their say, but it's now up to us as individual players and as a team to do something about it," Clarke said.
Australia face Afghanistan in a one-day international in Sharjah on Saturday before three one-dayers and three Twenty20 internationals against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
The Australian team then head to Sri Lanka for next month's World Twenty20 Cup - the one major title missing from their trophy cupboard. (ANI)
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