'Disappointed' Clarke Aims For Improvement In Margao
Australia captain Michael Clarke has commended the individual performances of his inexperienced side, especially that of the attacking batsman Cameron White, despite his team's in the opening One-Day International against India in Visakhapatnam.
White smashed his way to 89 from just 49 balls, including six fours and six massive sixes and as the burly right-hander powered his way to a phenomenal strike rate of 181.63, captain Clarke was also piling on the runs at the other end as he ended up with 111 not out from 138 balls, including seven fours and one six.
Speaking at the post-match press conference, Clarke said: “Cameron White played really well today - that is probably as good as innings as I have seen in One-Day International cricket but unfortunately it was not enough runs.
“I think White’s strength is certainly certainly clearing the boundary at the end of an innings, whether that be in ODI cricket or Twenty20 International cricket. He hits the ball as hard as anybody, he is a strong boy and if he keeps playing like that we will be in good stead.
“I think helps (to spend time in the middle). I haven’t spent much time out there in the Test series. I found it quite difficult early because the wicket was pretty slow and it was quite hard to beat the in-field and hit boundaries but I think in conditions and heat like that today it was just about trying to hang in there.”
Clarke was also pleased with the performances of the fast bowling debutants, John Hastings and Mitchell Starc. The pair finished with figures of two for 44 from ten overs and none for 51 from 8.5 overs respectively.
“I thought John Hastings in his first game on debut bowled really well, Clint McKay was fantastic and I see a lot of potential in Mitchell Starc," he said.
"There is no doubt we are disappointed that we didn’t get the result we wanted but we can take a lot of positives out of the match.”
Clarke would have been rueing his luck when the coin came down on the wrong side and India elected to bowl first. He felt that the Indians held the advantage throughout the game as the pitch gradually got quicker through out the day/night fixture.
“I though 290 was a pretty good score out on that wicket, the wicket probably quickened up throughout the game, once the dew set in and the lights came in to play. I thought it was probably a better wicket to bat on in the second half on the game, it felt really tough to score when I first went out there and I guess that was probably the thing that changed or the difference between the two sides.
“After 15 overs we were on about 50 runs and India were on about 80 so we can improve on that at Goa in a couple of days.”
Clarke will now look to Goa to pick up Australia’s first win against the Indians since they arrived in India. It will be important for them to pick up a win and gain some confidence before they take on England in The Ashes Test series.
“I think we all could have done better, we had two guys who made their debut, and I thought they tried really hard tonight so we can all improve, our fielding can certainly improve. Hopefully we come out in Goa and have a better performance.”
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