Aus skipper Clarke now trains his eyes on beating under-fire India in limited overs series
Victorious skipper Michael Clarke, who guided Australia to a 4-0 whitewash over India on Saturday has stressed that it was the team's training ethic which led to the glory. "There has been no magic formula for our sustained success against India. One simple word sums up the reason why we dominated a series against some of the best players in the world -- preparation.
Michael Clarke stretches during a training session at the Melbourne Cricket
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"Our training has been unbelievable. We trained so hard I am not surprised we achieved such success given all the work we've put in," wrote Clarke in his column for the Daily Telegraph.
"We're training like it's a game, always applying pressure. Our attitude to training has certainly improved out of sight. So to be rewarded for all that effort by beating India 4-0 when they were the No 1 side in the world just a few months ago is something all the guys can be immensely proud of," added Clarke.
The captain does not want the momentum slip and has trained his eyes on beating India in the one-day tri-series involving Sri Lanka. It can be recalled that India, under Mahendra Singh Dhoni won their first one-day triangular series in Australia during the 2007-08 season. India won two finals in a row.
"Our summer is far from finished," emphasised Clarke. "If we can clean up in the Twenty20 matches against India this week and then win the one-day series against India and Lanka it will turn a good summer into a great summer."
Australia is then scheduled to tour the West Indies. Respected cricket writer Malcolm Conn wrote about the challenges beyond the Caribbean tour. "The tour of the West Indies in March and April looks simple enough, but next summer South Africa arrive for three Tests before a series against Sri Lanka and tours to the cauldron of India and then England against the No 1 team and holder of the Ashes. So enjoy the moment. There are challenges aplenty not far away," wrote Conn.