Clarke: Room for improvement
Michael Clarke has warned there is plenty more to come from his players after they drew first blood against Bangladesh.
Last Updated: 09/04/11 2:31pm
Australia captain Michael Clarke has warned that there is plenty more to come from his players after they drew first blood in the one-day series with Bangladesh.
Clarke led the way with his first century since assuming the captaincy from Ricky Ponting, his 101 setting up a 60-run victory.
The win put Australia 1-0 up in the three-match series as they look to erase the memory of a disappointing World Cup campaign, but Clarke claimed there was plenty of work to be done.
"We did not play well at the World Cup and we want to win every game here," he said.
"It was a slow wicket and it was hard to get started on but it was good to bat on once you got in.
"We are off to a good start but we have a long way to go. There is room for improvement even with today's performance.
"Our execution with bat and ball can get better. We are still not hitting our yorkers well enough and we are getting out at vital times so we need to execute as well as we can."
Of his own knock he added: "I have only just started. I am happy to make a hundred but there is work to do and I hope there is more to come."
The target proved too much for Bangladesh to chase down as they only reached 210-5 after 50 overs.
Captain Shakib Al Hasan, who made 51 with Tamim Iqbal striking 62, was proud of his side's efforts, but felt that poor bowling after putting Australia in had made chasing such a large total almost impossible.
He said: "I thought we did not bowl well. It was not a wicket where you can chase 270 as the wicket gets slower in the evening and the ball kept low and it did not help in scoring runs.
"This morning it was easier to bat on but I thought we played well. We did not have a good time at the World Cup but the batsmen are gaining in confidence."
Shakib also praised Tamim's promising innings. "That's what we want from him but he has to kick on from 50s and convert into hundreds, but hopefully he will learn from his mistake," he said.