Clarke eyes Twenty20 crown
Michael Clarke says Australia have set their sights on becoming the top Twenty20 side in the world.
Last Updated: 12/12/07 9:23pm
Michael Clarke says Australia have set their sights on becoming the top Twenty20 side in the world, after he captained the side to victory against New Zealand.
The Aussies strolled to World Cup glory in the Caribbean this year, but could not repeat the success at the World Twenty20 in South Africa.
After leading Australia to a comfortable 54-run success over New Zealand, Clarke says that his side are now focused on becoming the top side in the world.
The shortest and newest form of the game has been labeled as just a fun hit about, but it is now establishing itself in Australia, and the Baggy Greens, as always, want to be the best.
"Australia is taking Twenty20 cricket very seriously," said Clarke.
"It is a stand-alone competition and we want to be best at it. It's a competition we aren't number one in the world at and I think we have now shown that we are chasing that dream."
In a good sign for Australia's future on all fronts, Brett Lee and Shaun Tait combined to make a fearsome pace duo against the Black Caps.
Their combination helped Clarke in his debut as captain, as did the advice of some senior players.
"It makes your captain's job a lot easier when you have guys bowling like that and you don't want to take the ball off them," said Clarke.
"That's why I say full credit to (Ashley) Noffke, (Nathan) Bracken and Johnson, as the job they did in the support role set the game up for Brett and Shaun to bowl how they wanted to.
"I got a lot of help from a lot of help from all the guys. Any time I wasn't sure I went to Gilly (Adam Gilchrist), Huss (Michael Hussey) or Symmo (Andrew Symonds) to get their thoughts.
"From when I got this opportunity, they have all been very supportive, which has made my job a lot easier."
Everyone involved in the team has played down the significance of Clarke's promotion to captaincy, and the player himself is no different.
"It was pretty busy and fast. My voice was a bit crokey from yelling at guys to get their attention," Clarke added.
"I enjoyed every minute of it, but I'll take one from one and give it back to Punter."