Michael Clarke says underdogs Australia are ready for Ashes scrap with England
Last Updated: 22/05/13 9:44am
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Australia captain Michael Clarke has promised to do everything he can to win the Ashes series in England this summer.
Clarke admitted his side were the underdogs at a ceremony ahead of the squad's departure from Sydney airport, but is ready to battle hard to bring the coveted urn back home.
"England have a lot of experience. A lot of the guys have been involved in Ashes series before and they're playing some really good cricket," he said.
"Our recent series in India wasn't nearly as good as we would have liked so I accept that we are the underdogs but we'll be doing everything in our power to have success.
"Our goal is to win the series, we know it's going to be tough, but we're going to have a red-hot crack at hopefully winning the Ashes for the Australian people."
Australia, who lost the last Ashes series 3-1, were hammered 4-0 by India and Clarke admits they need to improve.
"The batters know we didn't perform as well as we needed, we didn't make enough runs and we are certainly accountable for our performances," he said.
"We know that if we can bat well as a unit, that will give our young, talented fast bowlers every opportunity to take 20 wickets."