Monday 9 December 2013 

Video - Clarke Staying Calm After Big Win

After guiding his side to two massive victories over England, Australia captain Michael Clarke could be forgiven for getting a little carried away, but he is having none of it.

Wins by 381 runs in Brisbane and 218 runs in Adelaide see his side head to Perth for the third Ashes Test 2-0 up having dominated the series.

Clarke said he was happy to have won the opening matches and that the victories were reward for the work the team has put in this year.

"These two wins are satisfying because of the work that we have put in over a long period of time," Clarke said following the Adelaide Test.

"In our opinion, as players, it is not a fluke that we have won the first two Test matches. It is the hard work that we put in in the UK where we thought we were so close but we didn't get over the line and we were disappointed not to succeed in England.

"We, as a team, believe the work has been put in over a long period of time and we are now seeing some results, which is very pleasing.

"The other side to that, and I have said it before, the reality is that we have now won two Test matches in twelve months and that is not acceptable for an Australian Test team."

And Clarke, who has played in an Ashes-winning squad in 2007 but also been on the receiving end of series defeats in 2005, 2009 and 2011, knows that there is plenty of hard work still ahead.

"Our feet are well and truly cemented on the ground and we are very realistic about where we want to go as a team and how we want to achieve success. We have started this series very well but there is a lot of work still to do."

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