Struggling Aussies look for return to form in ODIs

Updated: 01 November 2010 17:27 IST

Australia will look to this week's three match ODI series with Sri Lanka to rediscover winning form ahead of the Ashes, Michael Clarke said on Monday.

Struggling Aussies look for return to form in ODIs

Perth:

Australia will look to this week's three match one-day international series with Sri Lanka to rediscover winning form ahead of the Ashes, senior batsman Michael Clarke said on Monday.

In a worrying lapse in form ahead of this month's opening Ashes Test against England, Australia's losing run in all forms of the game continued when Sri Lanka romped to a seven-wicket Twenty20 victory in Perth on Sunday.

It was Australia's fourth straight T20 defeat, coming on top of their three-Test losing streak to slide to fifth on the Test rankings.

Australia open their one-day series against Sri Lanka in Melbourne on Wednesday and Test vice-captain Clarke said it was imperative for the team to quickly build some winning momentum.

"You want to win every game you play, in all three forms of the game," Clarke told reporters.

"I was told we had won 10 out of 10 in this form of the game (T20) in Australia, so it was disappointing to lose our first T20 game in Australia.

"It is important that we play good cricket and win these games against Sri Lanka to build momentum into the Test series against England.

"We need to improve, there is no doubt about it.

"We are not getting the results we would like in all three forms and we need to get better and keep working on our game, individually and as a team and keep working on the areas that aren't as good as they need to be."

Topics : Cricket Australia Sri Lanka
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