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Australia win fifth Cricket World Cup as Clarke bows out in style

Michael Clarke enjoyed a fairytale end to his one-day international career as Australia lifted a fifth Cricket World Cup on Sunday after beating New Zealand by seven wickets in Melbourne.

A superb bowling display ensured Clarke (74) finished his ODI career on a high, the Australia captain at the heart of a comfortable victory with a wonderfully balanced innings.

Clarke’s heroics came after New Zealand struggled to find their normal fluency, with semi-final hero Grant Elliott (83) the only man to score well as they were dismissed for 183.

Mitchell Johnson (3-30) and Mitchell Starc (2-20) thrived on a glorious day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, but the loss of Aaron Finch gave them an early wobble at the start of their reply.

Clarke, David Warner (45) and Steve Smith (56 not out) were unshaken, though, all getting in the runs to secure success, the latter capping his stellar Australian summer with a match-winning boundary.

Victory gives Australia a fourth title in the last five tournaments, and sees Clarke bow out of ODI cricket on top of the world.

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