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Michael Clarke was delighted with Australia's series-clinching win in Brisbane and hailed "a great performance by the whole group"

Australia’s acting captain Michael Clarke hailed the spirit of his players after they triumphed in their one-day international series against England.

The hosts claimed a 51-run win in Brisbane today to go 4-1 up with two games to play.

England restricted the hosts to 249 but once again struggled with the bat and were dismissed for 198 in reply.

The series win is Australia's first in any format since their tour of New Zealand last March and comes as a welcome boost following their humbling Ashes defeat.

"After a pretty tough start to the summer, losing the Ashes series, I think it shows a lot of courage for us to come back and play well in this series and win the series tonight," said Clarke.

"I think it was a great performance by the whole group.

"A few of us got starts with the bat and didn't go on which was a little bit disappointing but I think to get 250 on that wicket was a really good effort and then we bowled and fielded well once again."

Steven Smith, John Hastings & Ian Bell

John Hastings claimed the valuable wickets of Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell, which effectively ended England's chances of claiming victory

Clarke was once again subjected to taunts from his home crowd and was booed as he strode to the crease.

However, the 29-year-old responded well by top-scoring with 54, only his second half-century against England this winter.

"You'd like people to be cheering but you understand why some of them are booing," he said.

"Like I've said, I've had a lot of support over this time.

"I haven't performed as well as I've liked so I don't blame the public for being disappointed with my performances but it was nice to finally contribute and help the boys out tonight and get a win. It was a great feeling."

Clarke revealed that the Australian players had all donated their match fees to the victims of the Queensland floods, which decimated Brisbane and the surrounding area earlier this month.

"It was a no-brainer for the boys," he said. "We were all more than happy to do that. Everyone's going to sign a shirt as well and donate that.

"I think cricket in general has raised over AUS$6million.

"There's a lot of people who have been devastated by what has happened. The least we can do is donate a bit of our money."

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