Australia after consistency in Test series
BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS - Consistency is what Australia is after in the upcoming Digicel Test Series against the West Indies, which bowls off with the first match this Saturday, April 7 at Kensington Oval.
Aussie Captain Michael Clarke at a press conference at the Oval yesterday noted that Australia’s record of late has been filled with lots of ups and downs, but they are hoping to get back on a winning track starting with the series against the Windies.
“I think it is just about building consistency, that’s our goal as a team. I have said throughout the summer that we played some really good cricket in patches and you know we played some cricket against South Africa and New Zealand that we would rather forget. So as a team we are trying to be a little bit more consistent with our performances. This is going to be a tough Test for us, but it is going to be a good indication of where we’re at with our consistency,” said Clarke.
Australia is fresh off a crushing 4-0 Test series win against India at home, but Clarke noted that it is expected that they win on home soil. However, the skipper stated that the hardest thing in international cricket is to win a series abroad.
“The hardest part of an international sport is beating teams away from home in conditions you are not as used to. Different environment, different temperature, different culture, completely different cricket wickets. I think we have been pretty lucky in regards to having the One-Day series and a couple of T20’s played earlier, so a couple of the guys have come over here and get used to the conditions. Also, I think the three-day tour game has really helped us prepare for what we are going to face in a couple of days,” said Clarke.
After the West Indies showed a lot of fight in drawing first the One-Day series and then the T20 series, Clarke noted they are not going to be taking them lightly in the Tests. Clarke described the Windies as a talented squad filled with amazing athletes, but he warned the Windies that they will have a tough test ahead against his team.
“The most important thing I think about when touring the West Indies is how one bad hour can cost you a Test match. You need to be at your best at all five days to have any chance of winning the Test. Against a very talented opposition, we cannot afford to give good players too many chances and too many opportunities in the game to run away with it. So our main focus is to ensure that we remain switched on for the whole five days, starting Saturday, and we believe we are in a good position to win the Test match,” said Clarke.