Thursday 19 September 2013 

Video - Clarke Reviews Ashes Summer

Watch as Australian captain Michael Clarke reflects on what was a difficult summer for Australia, exiting the Champions Trophy and losing the Ashes 3-1.

At a press conference in Sydney, Clarke said that his team needs to strive for more consistency in Test cricket after England ran out comfortable winners on home soil.

"I don't think it is right to go into specifics," he said. "I think we just have to play better cricket more consistently.

"I think, like i say, in patches we played some really good cricket but over a five test series you have got be at your best consistently the whole time and we just didn't quite do that."

Australia named their squad for the One-Day International series in India earlier, leaving out Matthew Wade, David Warner and Fawad Ahmed.

Clarke says that Warner knows what he has to do get back into the squad.

"Davey is certainly a big part of the Australian team - whatever format, so, hopefully he is training his backside off, like i am pretty sure he would be.

"I have spoken to him a couple of times on the phone. He knows that we have got a huge summer ahead and when an opportunity comes up i am sure he will grab it with both hands."

Clarke, meanwhile, faces another fitness battle as his troublesome back flared up late in the tour.

"I guess for me right now it is about getting on the phone to Alex Kountouris, the Australian physio, and communicating with him as I have been over the last couple of weeks since he's been back in Australia and we'll make a plan from there.

"No doubt it is quite stiff and sore but yeah look, i will be guided by the experts as to what i need to do now to try and get myself as fit as i can be."

Video courtesy of SNTV

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