Captain Clarke set for a rest

Michael Clarke praised his side for clinching the one-day series against England with victory in Sydney - then revealed he will not play in the next match in Perth.

The hosts eased past England's total of 243-9 at the SCG on Sunday, opener David Warner leading the way with a brutal knock of 71 from 70 deliveries.

Shaun Marsh (71 not out) helped put on 78 for the second wicket with Warner, then added 51 with Clarke and an unbroken 72 with Brad Haddin, who rushed Australia over the finishing line with 35 not out from 33 balls.

However Clarke was quick to single out his bowlers for praise; Nathan Coulter-Nile had earlier taken 3-47 while all-rounder Dan Christian marked his one-day recall with 2-52 from nine overs.

"I think our bowlers did a fantastic job on a pretty good batting wicket," Australia's skipper said after the seven-wicket win.

"I think the wicket was pretty good to bat on once you got in, but was also two-paced as well. The important thing for our bowlers was to take the pace off.

"I thought both our spinners - Xavier Doherty and Glenn Maxwell - did a fantastic job.

"Our execution with the bat was also very convincing as well."


With Australia now holding an unassailable 3-0 series lead with two matches to play, Clarke will be rested for the fourth ODI in Perth next Friday. He does, though, expect to return for the finale.

"I don't think I'll go to Perth," he announced. "Our priority was to win the series. While we obviously want to win the series 5-0 now we're in that position, but my goal here as captain was to make sure I was here to help us win the series.

"I think the selectors will give me Perth off, then I'll be back for Australia Day in Adelaide."

Clarke also hinted that Warner - who also played a key role in helping Australia to a 5-0 Ashes series whitewash - might also be given a break, particularly with a tour to South Africa looming large on the horizon.

"He's had a wonderful summer," he added. "He certainly deserves a break, if the selectors or the head coach are listening. He's led the way opening the batting, which is certainly not an easy job in any form of the game."

Watch the fourth one-day international between Australia and England on Friday January 24th from 3am on Sky Sports 2.