Michael Clarke: 'No excuse for Australia's performance'

Australia's Michael Clarke catches a ball from Sri Lanka's Lahiru Thirimanne on January 3, 2013
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Michael Clarke says that Australia were let down by their defence in their four-wicket loss to Sri Lanka.

Michael Clarke has said that there is no excuse for Australia's performance in their loss to Sri Lanka in their third one-day international.

Australia were bowled out for 74, and went on to lose by four wickets.

The side's captain told Sky Sports News: "Our defence let us down more than anything. No excuse for the way we performed.

"Shot selection was poor. I understand the public wants us playing consistently. Honestly, if we played like that then the public wouldn't want to see us playing at all."

The win gives Sri Lanka a 2-1 lead in the series, with two matches left to play.

Australia's David Warner on day two of their third Test against Sri Lanka, January 4, 2013
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