Michael Clarke praised Shane Watson after Australia beat West Indies to wrap up the one-day international series

Last Updated: 06/02/13 1:18pm

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Michael Clarke: Delighted with his side's performance in Canberra

Michael Clarke: Delighted with his side's performance in Canberra

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Michael Clarke reserved special praise for Shane Watson after the opener played a starring role in Australia's series-clinching win over West Indies on Wednesday.

Australia's captain declared himself delighted with his side's display as they won by 39 runs in Canberra to move into an unassailable 3-0 lead.

Watson, returning after four weeks out through injury, went a long way to setting up victory with a knock of 122 from 111 balls - an innings that earned him the man-of-the-match award as Australia completed a 39-run success.

"It was a great performance from the boys," Clarke told Sky Sports. "It was a very good wicket for batting, but in saying that you still have to execute and a lot of the boys did today.

"Shane Watson led from the front, I thought George Bailey's innings was outstanding, as was Philip Hughes, and then we bowled really well.

Back to his best

"Good wickets and fast outfields help, but it doesn't matter how flat the wicket is if you're facing good bowling, you've got to hit the ball sweetly and he (Watson) did that from the first ball.

"Watto is a very good player and it's great to see him back to his best."

West Indies counterpart Darren Sammy insisted there were positives for his side to take after they made a decent fist of their run-chase, but conceded Australia emerged as worthy winners.

"We keep getting close and doing some good things, but Australia is playing the better cricket at this moment," he said.

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