Australia captain Michael Clarke said his young team, which is touring Sri Lanka is determined to work its way up the world Test rankings, but acknowledged it will take some time.
Australia is No. 5 in the world Test rankings, one place below Sri Lanka.
“I really hope we can turn things around straight away. It is going to take time for us to work our way back up the rankings,” Clarke said at Sydney Airport.
Clarke said he is optimistic that the new spin duo of Nathan Lyons and Michael Beer will perform well in Sri Lankan conditions. “It’s good to have two different spinners as a bowling partnership in tandem. They can really work well together,” said Clarke.
“He’s got an opportunity to grab it with both hands and, by all reports, I’m pretty confident he’ll do that, so he’s certainly got a lot of talent,” he said. “Now it’s about giving him a go and seeing how he handles playing cricket for Australia.”
Clarke said the inclusion of so many rookies was positive. “I love the fact we’ve got some new fresh faces that are excited and itching for their opportunity,” he said. “But the facts are we have to have some success, we have to play good cricket, and we have to improve from our recent results throughout the last Australian summer.
“We need to get better and we know that as players, and I can guarantee we’re working as hard as I’ve ever worked in my career, so hopefully we can turn that around sooner rather than later.” Hindu