Unbeaten run thrills Clarke

Australia cap successful home season with Sydney triumph

Last Updated: 23/02/10 3:29pm

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Clarke: satisfied with 2-0 series win

Clarke: satisfied with 2-0 series win

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Australia Twenty20 captain Michael Clarke was delighted after his side completed an unbeaten home summer.

"We have been hammered into the ground, we have lost fair and square."
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Victory over West Indies by eight wickets in the second T20 international extended the run to 19 matches without defeat across all forms of the international game.

David Warner slammed 67 off only 29 balls, featuring the second quickest 50 in T20 history, while opening partner Shane Watson contributed a 33-ball 62 not out as Australia overhauled a target of 139 with 8.2 overs to spare.

"I am very happy," said Clarke, who skippers the T20 team, with Ricky Ponting captaining in Tests and one-day internationals.

"I can't believe that performance from both David Warner and Shane Watson, Watto played brilliantly.

"We were fantastic with the ball and our (high) standards in the field continued."

On the unbeaten run, he added: "We got over the line. We fly to New Zealand tomorrow morning but there will be a bit of celebrating tonight before a couple of big games going into the (T20) World Cup.

"Our attitude over the last few days has been fantastic, we have been positive and played great cricket with both bat and ball."


Warner was pleased with his performance at his home ground.

"I went out there to play my normal game and enjoy it in front of the fans," he said.

"I practice switch-hitting in the nets and luckily it came off tonight."

The game marked the final match of a long, and unsuccessful, tour for the Windies, who were beaten 2-0 in the T20 matches, 2-0 in the Test series and 4-0 in the one-dayers.

"It has been a tough summer," admitted captain Chris Gayle. "We have been hammered into the ground, we have lost fair and square.

"Hopefully we can treat it as a learning experience as it was a young team."

"We senior players are not going to be around for ever and these guys are the future.

"It was a good opportunity for them to stand up against a big team, get some runs and take some wickets."

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