When I've a problem, I'll call Warne: Clarke

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Published: Tuesday, July 3, 2012, 15:23 [IST]
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Warne's guidance to help Aussies: Clarke

London, Jul 3: Australian skipper Michael Clarke consults legendary spinner Shane Warne for tips to avoid a white-wash against England which would allow the hosts to conquer the No 1 spot in ODI cricket to become the undisputed Kings of World Cricket.

Clarke, analysing the defeats with Shane Warne says he has been learning a lot from the legendary leg-spinner as he had also led a county Hampshire.

Australia, having lost two matches to England in the on-going ODI series needs to win the third ODI at Edgbaston in order to keep their hopes alive in the series.

Moreover, if England win the third match and follow it up with two more wins, then England might surpass Australia to reach the top of ODI rankings.

If England can achieve this, it becomes the first team to have reached the top in all the formats of the game.

Talking about his experience with Warne, Clarke said he has been learning a lot as Warne has analysed the English team since his Hampshire days.

Clarke termed himself lucky to have got Warne's guidance as he is one of the best cricketer's in the world.

"Tactically, he is as good as anyone I have played with. I am very lucky for his help and guidance. He will always give me honesty," Clarke was quoted as saying by Wisden India.

"I talk to Warne daily about life, about captaincy," Clarke said, speaking on behalf of Cricket Australia's apparel sponsors.

If Clarke has a problem, he calls Warne to find a solution for the existing problem irrespective of time.

"He rings me, I ring him. If I have a sticky problem with a Test or a one-dayer, I ring him overnight to help me find a solution."

Since he is aware of English conditions, Clarke said Warne's guidnace would be of great help.

"The key for me is that he knows English conditions and players so well. He gets as close to England's best players as anyone in his role as a commentator. This is useful both for this series and the Ashes," Clarke said.

Clarke also lauded the opponents for their effort and admitted that they will be tougher while playing the Ashes next year and needs to find out what can be done to stop the opponents.

"England are the No. 1 Test team in the world. They deserve a lot of credit. They will be very difficult to beat in the Ashes. They are very good in their own country and it's my job to find out as much about them as possible."


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