Clarke: We deserve this win

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Captain Michael Clarke was pleased to negate the discomfort of an ongoing back injury, after leading Australia to a comfortable 49-run victory – and two-one series triumph – over England in Monday's fifth and final ODI at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.

Captain Michael Clarke was pleased to negate the discomfort of an ongoing back injury, after leading Australia to a comfortable 49-run victory – and two-one series triumph – over England in Monday's fifth and final ODI at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.

Clarke was a major doubt for the fixture, but passed a late fitness test to be named in the playing XI. He later shared an outstanding 163-run alliance alongside centurion Shane Watson en route to an authoritative 75 in a final total of 298 all out.

The hosts' response was entirely inadequate, with all-rounder Ravi Bopara's 62 and wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler's 42 as good as it got in a losing tally of 249 all out. Left-arm seamers James Faulkner and Mitchell Johnson, meanwhile, shared five wickets.

"I certainly wouldn't have taken the field if I thought I was going to let the boys down. If I couldn't perform at my best I wouldn't have taken the field, but I certainly didn't want to miss this game," said Watson.

"My back was certainly sore over the last few days and it's quite sore now, but we won so it was worth it. It was nice to contribute as well, I had the easy job standing at the other end to Watson – the way he played made my job a lot easier. It's a nice feeling to be sat here as winners of the series."

Watson's 143, which spanned a mere 107 deliveries and featured a dozen boundaries and a sextet of sixes, earned the Man of the Match award. Clarke, for 202 runs in three innings, including a fine century in the second ODI, was named Player of the Series.

"For a lot of people this series doesn't mean a lot, but to this team it meant a great deal. We haven't performed as well as we would have liked as a one-day unit in the UK over the past couple of years and all the boys have worked exceptionally hard. It's a great reward for that hard work. Everyone in our changing room was extremely excited and so we should be, we deserve this win," concluded Clarke.

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