Saturday 11 January 2014 

Video - Captains Preview England-Australia ODI Series

Opposing captains Michael Clarke and Alastair Cook look ahead to the five-match One-Day International series between England and Australia which begins this weekend in Melbourne.

Clarke says he does not necessarily expect Australia to have an easy time of things despite winning the Test series 5-0.

Remembering how Australia beat England in the ODI series in England last year following The Ashes, he said:

"I was really impressed with the way we played after losing in the UK.

"We know we need to be at our best. England's got a very strong one day line-up, some really destructive batters, plenty of pace and bounce with their bowling as well, so I think we're in for a great series."

Cook was forced to spend much of his pre-match press conference batting away questions about rumours of a rift between coach Andy Flower and batsman Kevin Pietersen.

He refused to comment on speculation, instead preferring to concentrate on the games to come.

"It's very hard and I can't do that, confidentiality has to remain. What happens in the dressing room stays in the dressing room," he said when pressed on the state of relationships between his players and coaching staff.

"We know, that when I get home from this one day series, a lot of important decisions on how we want to go forward with this Test team, the one-day team, my future, all that kind of stuff is very important, but at the moment my total focus has to be on us winning games of cricket in this one day series.

"You know, we've got a World Cup in 2015 in the exact same conditions as we're going to experience here and that's got to be given my full thought.

"And then after this series, then you go back onto how do we rebuild the Test side."

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