Clarke: Aussies can defy low ranking

Australia may be ranked ninth in the world at Twenty20 cricket, but Test captain Michael Clarke is confident they can upset the formbook at the forthcoming World Cup.

The New South Welshman will be a mere observer when the tournament kicks off later this month, having retired from the shortest form of the game in January.

But Clarke has the belief that T20 skipper George Bailey and the rest of the side can prove their doubters wrong in Sri Lanka, and he said: "I think we can win the Twenty20 World Cup for sure. We've got the talent and I think we showed that in our last game against Pakistan in the UAE."

He went on: "We've showed it in patches over the last couple of years and we made the final the last time around, and I hope we can go one better."

In the absence of the likes of Clarke and Ricky Ponting - seasoned heads intrinsically linked with modern-day Australian cricket - the likes of Bailey, Glenn Maxwell and Matthew Wade have been given their chance.

The side looks dramatically different as a result, and Clarke added: "This is a different Australian team and we need to turn things around. What better time to do it than at the World Cup."