Michael Clarke hopes Australia's crushing victory over Sri Lanka sends Ashes warning

Australia 460 Sri Lanka 156 & 103 (Australia win by an innings and 201 runs)

Australia captain Michael Clarke wants his side to use their crushing second Test victory over Sri Lanka as a platform for a 2013 calendar which includes a tour to India and the Ashes series in England.

Australia earned an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series after thrashing Sri Lanka by an innings and 201 runs inside three days at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Trailing by 304 runs after the first innings, Sri Lanka were skittled for just 103 in their second knock, albeit with Prasanna Jayawardene (broken thumb) and Chanaka Welegedara (hamstring) both unable to bat due to injury. They also saw star batsman Kumar Sangakkara retire hurt with a hand injury when he was on 27 on what was a miserable day for the tourists.

Things could hardly have gone better for Australia, though, and Clarke is hoping to see his side use this match as a base for future performances.

"This is our standard now, we've got to continue to get better from here," he said. "I think we need to be realistic as well. It's about consistency. It's nice we've done it in the first two Tests against Sri Lanka and it's great we've won the series, but we have a lot of work to do as a team."

Australia will aim to seal a 3-0 series whitewash when the final Test starts in Sydney on Thursday, after which they face Sri Lanka in five one-day internationals and two T20s.

Clarke's men will then tour India in a four-Test series during February and March before the Ashes start in England in July.

"I was really impressed with the way we kept Sri Lanka out of the match throughout the whole Test. That's something we will need to make a habit of going forward with some important series coming up," he said.

"Our aim is to repeat our effort here in Sydney and win the series 3-0. We've still got a lot of improvement to do as a team but it's a really positive step for this team to see that we are improving."

While Australia hope to go from strength to strength, Sri Lanka have been left with plenty of problems to contend with – including the reported loss of star batsman Sangakkara for the remainder of the tour.

The reigning ICC Test player of the year was struck on his left index finger from a delivery from paceman Mitchell Johnson and, after immediately leaving the field with excessive swelling to his hand, was taken to hospital for scans which revealed a compound fracture.

The loss of Sangakkara, plus the other absences of Prasanna Jayawardene and Welegedara, clearly aided Australia's victory charge but while Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene admitted the injuries were frustrating, he said they could not be used to excuse his team's performance.

"These are things that we can't control, [but] they are not excuses. Still with those guys playing we probably would have got beaten," he said.

"We started the tour off pretty well with the Test match in Hobart [which ended in a 137-run defeat] but here we seemed to never get anything going for us. We just gave up."

News
people
News
Ed Miliband received a warm welcome in Chester
election 2015
Life and Style
Apple CEO Tim Cook announces the Apple Watch during an Apple special even
fashionIs the iWatch for you? Well, it depends if you want for the fitness tech, or the style
News
Astronauts could be kept asleep for days or even weeks
scienceScientists are looking for a way to keep astronauts in a sleeplike state for days or weeks
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own