Clarke proud of win over Pakistan
SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates - Agence France-Presse
AP photoAustralia’s Michael Clarke reacts after he hits a shot during the second ODI match of a three match against Pakistan.
Captain Michael Clarke yesterday praised a professional Australia on foiling Pakistan’s bid to win a limited over series, saying the players were really proud of their performance.
Australia edged out Pakistan by three wickets in a hard-fought third and final match early yesterday, preventing their rivals from winning a limited over series for the first time in 10 years. Australia won the first match in Sharjah by four wickets before Pakistan leveled the series with a seven wicket win in Abu Dhabi.
The victory meant Australia, which had fallen to world number four in one-day rankings, bounced back after its 4-0 thumping by England in a one-day series in July.
“The feeling around the group is great, especially after losing 4-0 to England,” said Clarke. “The guys should be really proud of this series. It was a tough victory against a very good one-day team.”
Pakistan and Australia play three Twenty20 matches -- all in Dubai -- tomorrow, Sept. 7 and 10.