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Consistency key to Aus'' 4th consecutive WC quest: Clarke

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Saumojyoti S Choudhury

Bangalore, Feb 12 (PTI) Their confidence sky high afterdrubbing England, Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke todaysaid consistency would be the key when his team begins chasinga record fourth consecutive World Cup starting February 19.

Clarke, who returned to form in the seven-match One-dayseries against England after a disappointing Ashes campaign,said to win ICC''s showpiece event, Australia need to play as aunit.

"Our ODI form has been pretty consistent over the last 12months. We have really played some pretty good cricket and itwas great to win the ODI series against England. We can take alot of confidence out of that especially after the tough startto the summer we had," Clarke said during an open mediasession here today.

"Our team is a lot different to what was there in 2007but the guys are playing some good one-day cricket off lateand we are confident that if we can continue to play the waywe did throughout the summer, we can have a really good crackin this tournament," he said.

"We have got very good individual players in our side. Wehave got lot of talent in our side but to win the World Cupthe team must play together. It''s not individual brilliance,it''s about the team performing consistently throughout thetournament.

"To win such a tournament you have to be at your best allthroughout and it will decide the winner of this World Cup,"the 29-year-old right-hander added.

Conceding that conditions will favour slower bowlers inthe World Cup, Clarke said Australia has a fair amount ofexperience of playing in the sub-continent.

"I think the wickets are going to be pretty slow, similarto what was there in the West Indies. One good thing is thatwe are playing this tournament in the sub-continent as manyguys in our team are experienced of playing in theseconditions because of IPL, Champions League Twenty20 andinternational duties," he said.

He also said that Australia has very good slow bowlingoptions if not a quality attack and if required, he will chipin with his left-arm spinners.

"We have got a few good spinners in Jason Krejza, StevenSmith. Jason has had a lot of success in the sub-continent.

But if I am required to bowl I will look forward to that. Ienjoy bowling anywhere in the world especially in theseconditions," Clarke said.

He also said that inspite of some injury setbacks -� MikeHussey and Nathan Hauritz -- Australia came into thetournament with a well-balanced side. .

Story first published: Saturday, February 12, 2011, 16:30 [IST]
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