India playing good cricket but we are still best: Clark

Melbourne, Feb 11 (UNI) Australian fast bowler Stuart Clark admitted that the current Indian team is going through a golden patch and asserted that his side is 'still the best'.

In the ongoing Commonwealth Bank series, India defeated Australia by five wickets yesterday at MCG to move to the top of the tri-series' standings.

Clark denied claims that suggested the visitors had a psychological edge over Australia before yesterday's encounter and said his team would look to reassert its dominance in World Cricket.

''I keep reading certain members of their team saying we are scared and things like that, I find that pretty much laughable to be fair,'' Clark said.

''They can think whatever they want I suppose. They've made bold statements for a little while now, I had a good bit of a laugh about it.'' He said his team is enjoying the competition posed by India which has played good cricket on this Australian tour.

''We are going through a stage where India are playing good cricket and our guys are really excited and really keen to show everyone that we are still the best team in the world.

''On any day, if we are not on our game, any team can beat us. And we've seen that over the years that if we don't play cricket to our levels or our expectations then it doesn't matter who we are playing against, we can be beaten.'' The 32-year-old pacer added that his team fell a few runs short but conceded that they fought well after being bundled out for 159.

''In hindsight, yeah, we were probably 30 or 40 (runs) short,'' Clark said about yesterday's performance.

''Pretty disappointed after yesterday but today's a new day ... a couple of wins and we are right back at the top of the table again,'' he said.


Story first published: Tuesday, February 12, 2008, 13:24 [IST]
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