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Twenty20 a real test: Clarke

Stand-in Twenty20 skipper Michael Clarke says Australia is determined to take a serious attitude into tonight’s clash against New Zealand at the WACA ground in Perth.

Compared to their lofty standards in Test cricket and one-day internationals, the Australians have so far underperformed in the ultra-abbreviated form of the game.

Clarke says the players will face the Black Caps with the same intensity they take into all forms of the game.

“I think you’ll see Australia continue to take Twenty20 cricket as serious as one-day cricket and Test cricket,” he said.

“I think it’s a form of the game that now stands alone.”

That attitude comes in stark contrast to the relaxed approach taken into the Twenty20 World Cup earlier this year, in which Zimbabwe pulled off a shock early upset to topple the one-day world champions.

Australia bowed out of the tournament in the semi-finals with a loss to eventual champions India.

Meanwhile Clarke says a transition to the captaincy is by no means a certainty.

He lost his way at Test level by getting ahead of himself and does not plan to make the same mistake again.

“I am trying not to look past this game,” he said.

“I have been given a chance for one game and I am going to try to make the most of that. I don’t want to look too far ahead, Ricky [Ponting] is our leader and a fantastic one at that and I’ll just enjoy the opportunity.”

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