MELBOURNE: Cricket Australia's team performance director says there will be no panic over the side's worst one-day series defeat just 12 months out from the Ashes series, but that "anyone looking for places to hide won't find one."
Pat Howard said in media reports yesterday that the Australia one-day team's comprehensive 4-0 series loss to England could not be sugar-coated -- "it's not panic stations but we're obviously very disappointed ... there are no excuses."
Next week, selectors will pick the one-day squad for a series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.
Australia are facing more injury concerns after the England series, with vice-captain Shane Watson, fast bowler Pat Cummins and veteran paceman Brett Lee all breaking down with muscle injuries.
Howard, who was in England for the start of the tour, admitted it was difficult attempting to build a No 1 Test side and maintain a strong one-day international team.
"There is a possibility, and there is a fine balance, that to try and deal with test improvement there's been a balance between ODI success and trying to develop players," Howard said. "Obviously that tour wasn't acceptable and we've got to improve a lot in the next 12 months.
Australia dominated the Ashes series for almost two decades until England, who will host the next series, won the last two. AP