Clarke credits England bowlers

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Australian skipper Michael Clarke rued a lost opportunity, after batsman George Bailey's commanding 87 and seamer Clint McKay went in vain in the fourth ODI at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.

Australian skipper Michael Clarke rued a lost opportunity, after batsman George Bailey's commanding 87 and seamer Clint McKay went in vain in the fourth ODI at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.

England won Saturday's match by three wickets, with half-centuries from opener Michael Carberry, skipper Eoin Morgan and wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Butler surpassing a difficult 228-run target.

Bailey's vigil had pushed the Australians to promising proportions, but a late-order collapse prevented the potential from turning to fruition. McKay's opening dismissals of the hard-hitting Kevin Pietersen, right-handed Jonathan Trott and talented Joe Root in succession, too, was ultimately not enough.

"England deserve a lot of credit, they bowled well when the wicket was doing a bit. George batted really well, but we didn't quite have enough," said Clarke.

"I was disappointed to lose five for 20-odd at the end and the way we bowled was the way we had to, to have a chance. Clint's bowling was terrific but we couldn't get over the line."

The participation of opening batsman Shaun Marsh in Monday's series decider at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, meanwhile, remained in the balance. Marsh scored an inconsequential 25 on Saturday before injuring himself in the field.

"We've all got to improve. Shaun might struggle for Monday, it doesn't look good. There's a lot to play for after a difficult Ashes, so we're looking forward to trying to win the series," concluded Clarke.

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