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Clarke hoping for Ashes final showdown


Although Australia skipper Michael Clarke is 100 percent focused of his teams semi final clash against Pakistan he has admitted he would love to meet England in the final of Sunday.

With the start of the Ashes only 6 months away Clarke feels an Ashes final on Sunday would be the perfect way to kick start a fascinating summer in Australia.

"I'd look forward to that, yeah. If we beat Pakistan and meet England in the final it would be a good start to what is going to be a very good and interesting summer back in Australia as well with the Ashes," said Clarke.

"For me right now I've got both eyes on Pakistan and I'll worry about everything else after that. We didn't come here to make the semi-finals," he added.

After two disappointing Twenty20 World Cup tournaments in South Africa and England Clarke feels the current squad have got the motivation to win the one trophy which still eludes the Aussies.

"No doubt it has motivated every player, not just throughout this tournament but throughout the last 12 months," said Clarke, who has led his side to nine wins and a tie in 2010."

"We've certainly improved over the last 12 months. But again it's important that you stay focused. We need to understand that what we've done in this tournament so far right now is irrelevant."

"We need to beat Pakistan in this game on Friday. Beating them a week ago is irrelevant. We've come into this tournament ranked very low and our performances have been outstanding," Clarke said.

"That's because of the desire from all the boys to perform. That's very exciting."

"We take momentum from every win we've had, going into Friday's game. They (Pakistan) will come out with a lot to prove on a (slow) wicket that suits them more than Barbados does."

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