Clarke salutes 'wonderful' England
Australia captain Michael Clarke was magnanimous in defeat after England stormed to victory in the ICC World Twenty20 final at the Kensington Oval.
Australia struggled to assert themselves in the face of a powerful England display, struggling to 147 for six after losing three wickets inside the first 17 balls.
Craig Kieswetter and Kevin Pietersen propelled England’s thrilling pursuit, which was sealed with three overs and second wickets to spare, with 63 and 47 respectively.
“You’ve got to give credit to England - they played some wonderful cricket and outplayed us. They’ve had a wonderful tournament and we got beaten by the better team today.
“The boys were very keen and excited today. We knew we needed to be at our best. We knew England were going to be tough.
“They are a very tough Twenty20 team, and losing those three wickets early didn’t help and put a lot of pressure on our middle order.
“I don’t think we scored enough runs. I thought we did well to scrape our way to 140-odd, although we were probably about 30 runs short - or 50 runs short, the way England batted.”
Although Clarke claims his players can “hold their heads high” after reaching the final of the World Twenty20 for the first time, he admits his own poor form has put his place - in the order and as captain - is in doubt.
“We’ve played really well throughout the whole tournament,” he added. “We’re disappointed to not get the result in the final, but I think we should hold our heads high.
“Australia in Twenty20 are only going forward. We tried our best; we just got outplayed today.
“There’s no doubt that the selectors will need to have a look at my performances,” added Clarke, who made 27 today but just 92 in six innings.
“I certainly know they haven’t been up to scratch through this whole tournament and probably in Twenty20 cricket in general.
“I’m sure the selectors will sit down and have a look and if I’m not the right guy for number three and the captaincy then they’ll make that decision.”