Southampton: Australia captain Michael Clarke was in no doubt his side “deserved” their 2-1 one-day International series win over England after a 49-run success in their tour finale at Southampton.
Shane Watson’s 143 and the all-rounder’s fourth-wicket partnership of 163 with Clarke (75) took Australia to 298 on Monday, a total that might have been even greater but for Ben Stokes’ ODI best five for 61 and Chris Jordan’s three for 51.
However, Australia had more than enough runs to play with as England managed just 249 in reply before being bowled out under the Ageas Bowl floodlights.
“For a lot of people, this series did not mean a lot,” Clarke said. “But to us it meant a great deal.
“Everyone in our dressing-room is excited, and so they should be — because we deserved this win,” the Man of the Series added.
“I don’t know whether it will have much impact on the Ashes back home but we get the flight back home on Tuesday a lot happier as a one-day side certainly,” Clarke said.
“The Ashes is still a way away but everyone is excited about that and the players are thinking about it already... But our focus now is on the seven ODIs in India,” he added.