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Aussies won't write-off WI, Pakistan

Rising Australian batting star Michael Clarke on Wednesday played down suggestions his team would breeze through the upcoming tri-series.
PTI | By Agence France-Presse, Melbourne
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2005 09:31 PM IST

Rising Australian batting star Michael Clarke on Wednesday played down suggestions his team would breeze through the upcoming tri-nations One-Day International series.

A potentially-depleted Australia will square-up to the West Indies in the opening match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday to kick-start the series that also features Pakistan.

In all, the teams will play each other three times before the top two meet in a best of three finals series.

But Clarke dismissed any suggestion that his world-champion team would breeze past two of cricket's more unpredictable sides, despite their recent 3-0 Test series win over Pakistan.

"I can only look back at the West Indies in the ICC (Champions) Trophy and they won that and they played great cricket throughout the whole tournament," Clarke said.

"I think it's going to be a great series, and Pakistan will be a real tough team to beat in the one-dayers."

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