Clarke happy with victorious team

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Michael Clarke praised Australia's team effort as they claimed a 2-1 ODI series victory over Pakistan

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Michael Clarke praised Australia's team effort as they claimed a 2-1 ODI series victory over Pakista …

Australia captain Michael Clarke praised his side after they bounced back from their humbling in England to claim a 2-1 one-day international series win over Pakistan in Sharjah.

The tourists defied sweltering heat and a four-pronged Pakistan spin attack to chase down a victory target of 245 with three wickets in hand in the decider. It meant Australia immediately got back to winning ways following their 4-0 reverse against England this summer, which saw them relinquish top spot in the ODI rankings.

"It's very special, obviously after our defeat in England," Clarke said."What the most pleasing thing is - the whole series was won by the whole team, it wasn't one individual player that won tonight and that won us this series."

Veteran Mike Hussey led the pursuit with a composed 65, while 23-year-old rookie Glenn Maxwell underlined his growing status with a fearless unbeaten 56, from 38 balls, to secure the win.

Maxwell, who was one of the few Australian batsmen to dominate mystery spinner Saeed Ajmal (three for 37), finished the game with a towering six after reaching his maiden half-century.

Clarke added: "You know, we worked really hard before coming on this series. We were up in Darwin as a team and worked hard against spin bowling.

"I think we found conditions again so different to what we tried to prepare for up in Darwin, especially with the heat - I've never played in heat like this and humidity like this.

"It was a tough victory against a very good one-day team in Pakistan and you won't get the smile off this face, that's for sure."

The Australians were in trouble early in their run chase, after Ajmal bamboozled the top order and took three quick wickets, but after a shaky start to his knock, man-of-the-match Hussey delivered when it mattered once again, making 65 to put his side on top, and Clarke paid tribute to the 37-year-old batsman.

"We don't win tonight and we don't win the series - so it's always a pleasure having him (Hussey) in the team and he continues to perform consistently," he said.

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