The Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) today congratulated the Australian cricket team on winning the ICC World Cup and paid tribute to Australian captain Michael Clarke, whose match yesterday was his last in the One Day International format.
ACA President Greg Dyer congratulated the Australians on their triumph.
"On behalf of all the members and staff of the ACA I'm delighted to acknowledge the superb win yesterday," he said.
"Securing our fifth World Cup is an enormous achievement and the win was secured with an emphatic all-round performance. Well done to Darren Lehmann, Michael Clarke and all the team for their success right throughout the tournament, and particularly yesterday, with a victory that was well planned and well executed.
"It was terrific to see the emergence of several young players, who combined well with some very determined senior cricketers. It bodes well for the future. Well done once again for a stellar performance on a very memorable day for Australian cricket."
ACA Chief Executive Alistair Nicholson said:
"Congratulations to our successful skipper Michael Clarke on leading the team with distinction and reminding fans both in Australia and around the world of his sublime skills and astute captaincy.
"To finish his career in 50 over cricket as the winning captain and highest scorer in the World Cup final - in front of a home crowd - is a tremendous and fitting way for Michael to bow out. To achieve this when only weeks ago he was in doubt to be fit to compete at all speaks volumes for his work ethic, determination and thirst for the contest. Well done Michael on a magnificent contribution and to all the team, coaches and support staff, well played!
"Season 2014-15 has been a long one, with the physical and emotional workload at an incredibly challenging level for all players. That they have stood up throughout, performed with distinction on the biggest stage and supported one another so strongly is an absolute credit to them.
"After a season that began with tragedy, it's very special to finish it in celebration."
Michael Clarke in ODIs
- 245 matches
- 7981 runs at 44.58
- 8 x 100s, 58 x 50s
- Highest Score 130
- 106 catches
- 57 wickets at 37.64
- Best Bowling 5/35