Clarke: Aus are one-day wonders
Michael Clarke is determined to help Australia make a point in the NatWest Series.
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Far from seeing the five one-day internationals as an also-ran element of this Ashes summer, the Australia captain is giving them top billing.
The series will get under way at Headingley on Friday - weather permitting.
The Ashes urn is in English keeping again, after a 3-0 home victory in Tests. But Clarke can cite an International Cricket Council table which sharply contrasts Australia's standing between the two formats.
"I think we're ranked second in one-day cricket ... and in Test matches (fifth) ... so I think there's a big difference," Clarke said.
Even so, after a 4-0 ODI defeat in this country last summer, Clarke knows a team that features many names who are unfamiliar to the English public will have a significant task on their hands.
"We've got a lot of young players coming through our one-day system ... but in both forms of the game, we haven't been as consistent as we would like," he said.
"I think in patches we've played really well, and generally at home in our conditions pretty well.
"But we need to perform when we're away from home, and our most recent trips to the UK have not been successful. Let's hope we can turn that around."
An ODI series victory would perhaps ease any perceived pressure on Clarke's captaincy before they have to face England's Test tourists at the end of November.
But he does not acknowledge that as a relevant issue.
"When you're captain, you're accountable - especially when you're not performing well and your team is losing," Clarke said.
"I understand that. But me wanting to win this series has nothing to do with my captaincy.
"It's about this team, where we're at and trying to move forward and improve in the one-day format and get back to being number one in the world.
"That's why it's important we win this series."
Australia prefaced their Ashes defeat with disappointment too in the ICC's Champions Trophy tournament in June, when England were beaten finalists on home ground.
Clarke, absent because of back trouble in mid-summer, said: "We didn't perform as well as we would have liked in the Champions Trophy.
"We want to get back to the top of the tree in the one-day format and perform here.
"We will be doing everything we can to have some success in these five one-dayers.
"I want to see this one-day team get back to where it belongs, at the top of the tree, and we are going to do everything we can to play our full-strength team."
As for his own future, at the age of 32 Clarke does not see his chronic susceptibility to back ailments as any obstacle to a long career in both Tests and ODIs.
"I think it's obviously manageable," he said.
"I feel as fit and as strong as I've been throughout my career, so I don't see any reason why I can't continue to manage it and play for a lot longer in both forms of the game.
"I love one-day cricket, and Test cricket as well. I'm enjoying being a part of both teams and leading both teams."
Whether he will have the opportunity to do that on the field tomorrow already appears in grave doubt thanks to an especially bad weather forecast.
Asked if his young team will be able to turn on the entertainment for the Yorkshire crowd, he referenced the expected deluge.
"We can do our best," Clarke said.
"If you guys can provide the weather, we'll provide the cricket. So we'll see what happens tomorrow."