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Don't focus on Ashes: Clarke

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CAPTAIN Michael Clarke says his inexperienced teammates risk missing out on next year's Ashes tour by focusing too much on it.

The Australians are gearing up for the five-match one-day series against England, starting next week, which is being viewed as a teaser for the 2013 battle for the urn.

With half of the touring squad having never played a one-day international in England, the Australian brains trust is keen for the likes of Pat Cummins, James Pattinson and David Warner to soak up the experience.

Clarke said the young team had to focus on the next three weeks.

''It's important for us … to not get too carried away with the Ashes,'' Clarke said. ''The reality is, if we don't perform as a team now, you don't even worry about the Ashes because you're not on that trip.''

AAP

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