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Australia will be favourites in ODIs: Clarke

Mohit Singh, February 5 2012,
Australian captain Clarke also confident of Haddin's return.
Clarke confident of his return
Clarke confident of his return
Australian captain Michael Clarke feels that his team will enter the ODI tri-series against Sri Lanka and India as favourites to clinch the tournament, which starts off at the MCG with a match between the hosts and India on Sunday.

30-year-old Clarke, who has not yet lost a series as the Aussie skipper, said, “We're the No 1 one-day team in the world, so I'd like to think that we're the favourites.”

While admitting that his team will face the challenge of the two 2011 World Cup finalists, Clarke continued: “But while saying that (that Australia are favourites), we have to play at our best to beat both these teams. They were both in the final of the most recent World Cup. We know the conditions very well in Australia and I'm confident if we play our best cricket we can win this series.”

Clarke will return to cricket action after a short break for the two-match T20I series between India and Australia, which ended in a 1-1 draw, thus giving India their first victory on the current tour of Australia.

Clarke spoke to the reporters about the situation of Brad Haddin, the wicketkeeper-batsman who was dropped from the ODI team for the initial three games in the tri-series. Instead of Haddin, the selectors have chosen Mattew Wade this time after his good performance in the two T20Is against India.

While maintaining that the door in never shut permanently for any player (in this case, for Haddin), Clarke said emphasized that the current team was picked for just three games and the selectors may opt to make changes in the next set of games, if it is needed.

“Haddin just needs to get back to scoring ways and keeping well, continue to play the way he plays. I don't think Brad's that bothered about it,” said Clarke.

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