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Fri Apr 18 10:03:59 SAST 2014

Ponting's gone but we're moving on, says Clarke

TEAMtalk Media | 19 June, 2012 13:290 Comments
Australian Captain & Coach Arrival Media Conference
Australia captain Michael Clarke attends a press conference at Grace Road on June 18, 2012 in Leicester, England
Image by: Pete Norton / Getty Images

Australia captain Michael Clarke says that while the ODI side misses Ricky Ponting's influence and experience, they are strong enough to beat England in the upcoming five-match series.

Ponting was dropped from the ODI side but is still a force in the Test team, and Clarke feels that the shift in personnel will allow the new batsmen to show their worth and beat England 'in their own back yard'.

Clarke opined: "We all get older unfortunately, and there comes a time where you are not selected in teams any longer.

"Fortunately for us Ricky is still playing Test cricket and is a big part of our Test team - and next time we are here for the Ashes, I'm hoping he will be here with us.

"He's been such a great player for such a long period of time. Any team would miss Ricky Ponting, and we are no different.

"But after he was dropped from the one-day team, we managed to go on and win that tri-series - and then the boys went to the West Indies and did a good job in pretty tough conditions.

He added: "We are the number one ranked team in the world but we haven't been consistent as we would like as a team - and that's our goal.

"We have a lot of talent in our squad and some new faces and we are looking forward to performing and having some success against England in their own back yard.

"It looks like they've been playing some really good cricket against West Indies, so we are going to have to be at our best."

The Australians will play three warm-up matches, including an ODI against Ireland, before starting the series against England on 29 June at Lord's.

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