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Australia can win without Clarke

UPDATED 08 June, 2013 12:59PM AEST | by Omnisport 13

Stand-in Australia one-day international skipper George Bailey said his side should know how to cope minus star batsman Michael Clarke.

Clarke was ruled out of their ICC Champions Trophy opener against England at Edgbaston on Saturday, due to a recurring back issue, and could potentially miss the entire ODI tournament.

Bailey is set to lead Australia against England in the absence of Clarke, and has argued his team should know what to expect having played without Clarke during the Australian summer.

"There's no doubt it's a blow, we'd love to have Pup with us as a batsman and as our captain but it is what it is and we have to deal with the fact that we don't have him for tomorrow," Bailey said.

"The challenge is there and the opportunity is there for the rest of us to step up and I know it will be a great boost to the side to know that we can win without him.

"We had to do it quite a bit over the summer in the one-day format, so we know we can."

England captain Alastair Cook has denied that a win in his team's date with Australia could help in the Ashes.

The hosts will be considered favourites in the first of 26 international matches the arch-rivals will play up until February 2 next year.

But despite the importance of the upcoming dual Ashes series, plus the accompanying one-day and Twenty20 internationals, Cook does not believe the Champions Trophy clash will be about getting a mental edge for the latter matches.

"I don't think it does because the Champions Trophy is such an important event in itself," Cook said on Friday.

"Clearly playing Australia in the first game with the Ashes coming up everyone's going to talk about that but I think both sides will be seeing it as needing to win to get the tournament off to a good start rather than anything else, which is later in the summer."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 08 June, 2013 10:27AM AEST

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