Clarke eager to end UK tour on a high

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Australia captain Michael Clarke says the five-match ODI series against England in the upcoming few days will give his players a chance to end the long tour to the United Kingdom on a positive note.

Australia captain Michael Clarke says the five-match ODI series against England in the upcoming few days will give his players a chance to end the long tour to the United Kingdom on a positive note.

The Aussies lost the Test series three nil, drawing two, and then drew the T20s one-all. They had some success in various tour matches, but want to get a series win before heading back Down Under.

Clarke said ahead of the ODI contest: "It's an important series for us. We didn't have any success in the Test series so we want to turn that around.

"It's been a pretty long trip in the UK, so it'd be nice for us to go home on a high with winning the series."

A number of players in the ODI squad were not part of the Ashes side, but Clarke says if guys like Mitchell Johnson and Phil Hughes, who was dropped during the Ashes, do well in this contest then they could come into contention for the Ashes in Australia.

The skipper added: "The way to get selected in any team is to make runs or take wickets, it doesn't matter what form of game you're playing.

"I think the boys know that. Whatever the format, put runs on the board and selectors will be looking at you."

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