Michael Clarke targets Australia turnaround

Australian captain Michael Clarke celebrates after scoring a century against Sri Lanka on December 27, 2012
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Michael Clarke says that Australia must quickly turn their fortunes around if they are to compete with England during this summer's Ashes series.

Australia captain Michael Clarke has demanded that his side quickly turn their fortunes around ahead of the summer's Ashes series in England.

The Aussies suffered a 4-0 whitewash at the hands of India earlier this year, which has left the inexperienced side reeling.

However, Clarke is confident that the selected 16-man party has enough talent to compete with England.

"When you don't perform people criticise you. Every single player in this squad has a lot of hunger, we know how important the series is and we know we let ourselves and the Australian public down by the way we perform in India," said Clarke.

"We've got a lot of work to do. We have time to do that. Our goal playing for Australia every time going out on the field is win every game you play. This tour will be no different.

"We will always pay our respects to the English team. They're a very strong team playing in their own backyard where they're even stronger - there's no doubt about that. But with this squad we have the talent, the experience and the youth to go over there and have success."

Brad Haddin was named as Australia's vice-captain for the series.

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