Michael Clarke confident of Aussie success
Australia Twenty20 skipper Michael Clarke is confident the Aussies will break their duck in the West Indies and claim their first Twenty20 World Cup title..
After suffering two disappointing tournaments in England and South Africa Clarke is confident that his squad can claim their maiden title in the shortest form of the game.
"It's a huge tournament; our form over the last 12 months has certainly improved and is much better. It's a tournament that we haven't won yet," said Clarke during a pre tournament press conferemce in St Lucia.
"I don't think it's any extra pressure than captaining any other form of the game. If I think a call needs to be made, I need to have the confidence to make that decision. If it doesn't pay off, well it doesn't pay off," he added
"With the talent that we have in our squad I'm very confident. My job will be made a lot easier by how good the players are around me. We have a lot of matchwinners with bat and ball."
"Davie Warner or Shaun Tait, both have so much talent in this form of the game."
Because of their struggles in the shortest format of the game and their failiure to qualify for the Super Eight stage of last years tournament in England the Aussies are ranked outside of the top eight teams.
"I don't think it bothers us too much. I heard we were ranked ninth or something the other day and now in the media we're favourites for the tournament. How quickly things change in a couple of days when we've played no cricket," said Clarke.
"For us it's about making sure we prepare really leading up to Sunday's game, make sure we come out here and play to our potential. That's the one thing we haven't done in our previous world championships for Twenty20," he added.
Australia gets their preparations for the tournament under way in St Lucia tomorrow with a warm up game against Zimbabwe.
"We need to use both practice games to build momentum but also to give guys who haven't played in the IPL a chance to get some cricket under their belt," Clarke said.