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England outplayed us: Clarke

Bridgetown: Australian captain Michael Clarke conceded that his side had been outplayed by a better side in the Twenty20 World Cup final against England at the Kensington Oval here.

"We got beaten by a good side. England outplayed us. We got to credit them for the performance, though we are disappointed not to win. They are a great Twenty20 side, with a lot of talent," said Clarke after his side`s seven-wicket defeat in the summit clash here.

Clarke said England had executed their bowling plans very well to restrict Australia to 147 for six.

"England executed their bowling strategy very well. We lost three wickets very early in the innings and struggled there on. Though we eventually made 147, we were definitely 50 runs short against them," said Clarke.

He said Australia could hold their head high despite the defeat as they had played some outstanding cricket throughout the tournament.

"We could be disappointed, but we could hold out heads high. They boys have done very well and played good cricket through the championship. We had one of the greatest games in Twenty20 internationals in the semifinal against Pakistan," he said.

"We got so much individual talent that I am certain that Australia could improve in this format of the game. We have worked hard over the last 12 months, so we are getting there. We can only get better from now on," he added.

Clarke conceded that he was not in great form during this Twenty20 World Cup but said it is for the selectors to decide on his batting slot or on the captaincy.

"I know I haven`t been in great nick during this competition. It is for the selectors to sit and decide whether I am the best number three batsman in the Twenty20 format or good enough to continue as captain," he said.

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