Tim Paine-led Australian Cricket Team may have been whitewashed by No.1 ranked England in the five-match One day International series, but Michael Clarke still believes that the present World Cup champions have enough capacity to defend the title in the United Kingdom (UK) next year.
Former Aussie skipper believes that the current national side is a much better team than they have performed in the recently concluded One Day series in England.
During this series, they suffered a humiliating defeat of 242 runs in the third ODI which was one of the worst performances in the history of Australian cricket.
The Kangaroos entered into the ODI series with high confidence after winning both warm-ups in England. However when the ODI series things didn't go the way they wanted it to.
On Sunday (24 June), Paine’s brigade suffered another defeat of 1 wicket in the final ODI and with this defeat, Australia were eventually whitewashed in the ODI series. This was the very first time Australia were whitewashed in their cricketing history by England.
It seems that the absence of pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Pat Cummins cost Australia the ODI series. Moreover, the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner kept haunting Australia throughout the series as well.
However, Clarke is confident that the young Aussie will bounce back strongly very soon and backed them to win the 2019 World Cup if they get their full squad back.
Following the Manchester encounter, Clarke went on his official Twitter handle and wrote, “???? Australia is a much better team than they have performed in this series. Get our best 6 players back and we can still win the World Cup... BUT”
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???? Australia is a much better team then they have performed this series. Get our best 6 players back and we can still win the World Cup... BUT— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) June 25, 2018