Sunday 5 January 2014 

Video - Clarke Enjoys 'Extremely Special' Ashes Win

Australia captain Michael Clarke says winning The Ashes 5-0 - and doing so by using just 11 players in the series - is 'extremely special'.

Clarke led Australia to big victories in Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and finally Sydney, where his side needed less than three days to wrap up the Ashes whitewash.

And Clarke paid tribute to the backroom staff, in particular the medical team, that ensured that he could pick the same team for each Test.

"Extremely special for a number of reasons, I guess the same 11 is certainly a fantastic achievement and a lot of credit has to go to the support staff, the medical staff, to be able to keep the players," he said.

"A lot of people think it's just the bowlers who need the medical attention to get back in the park, I can guarantee you every single one of the batters in there as well needs a lot of work to be able to play as much cricket as we have and get onto the field.

"So I think our team doctor and especially our team physio, Alex Kountouris, deserve a lot of credit for the work they've done."

He added that he is proud of the way his team-mates have performed, particularly given 2013 was a tough year which included a change of coach, losing all four Tests in India and the Ashes in England 3-0.

"It's very special, there's no doubt about it. A lot of hard work has gone in.

"As I said before the roller-coaster ride, the ups and downs of 2013, to get us to where we are today.

"I certainly couldn't be prouder of my team mates for the performances they've put in throughout the whole series."

And he had some words of encouragement for Alastair Cook's England team. Clarke thinks that they are too good a side not to start winning again soon.

"Obviously, I want to pay my respects to Alastair and the England cricket team and I think they've obviously been a very successful team over a long period of time because they've got some wonderful players and I'm sure they'll bounce back," he said.

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