Clarke excited by Aussie recovery

Updated: 11 May 2010 17:31 IST

Michael Clarke was excited about the way Australia recovered from a shaky position to trample Sri Lanka by 81 runs in the World Twenty20 on Sunday.

Clarke excited by Aussie recovery

Bridgetown, Barbados:

Michael Clarke was excited about the way Australia recovered from a shaky position to trample Sri Lanka by 81 runs in the World Twenty20 on Sunday.

The Aussies followed up a rescue act from Cameron White with a polished performance in the field.

White struck half-dozen fours and half-dozen sixes in 85 from 49 balls, as Australia, electing to bat, wobbled to 67 for five before they recovered to reach 168 for five from their of 20 overs.

Chasing 169 for victory, Sri Lanka were dismissed for 87 in 16.2 overs in the Super Eight match.

"With the strength of our squad, we believe whatever position we get into we can win," said the Australian captain.

"It didn't matter how many runs we got, we were confident in those conditions that if we bowled well, and held our catches that we would definitely win the game.

"Looking forward, it's important that we enjoy this victory. I think it's a very exciting win for us, and the last two games are something of which we should be very proud.

"But we go to St. Lucia [for the final Super Eight match in completely different conditions, so need to make sure we are willing to adapt."

It is clear that Australia's batsmen and their bowlers in particular have enjoyed the harder, bouncier pitches at Kensington Oval, but Clarke played this down.

"Our bowlers deserve a lot of credit, but I don't think we've bounced many people out," he said.

"Our execution has been spot on. It's not about the bouncer, it's about the ball after the bouncer, which has undone many batsmen."

Clarke acknowledged that Australia had one goal in mind from the start of the tournament.

"We want to win this tournament, since we haven't performed as well as we'd like in the first two World Twenty20s," he said.

"We are here to be successful, so we've all been working really hard together. So far, so good. We can take a lot of confidence from this match, but there is a long way to go, and in conditions that probably won't suit our fast bowlers quite as well.

Australia meet West Indies in their final Super Eight match on Tuesday at the Beausejour Cricket Ground.



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