<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Michael Clarke" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130917082249.jpg" title="Michael Clarke" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Michael Clarke (centre) said that the 2-1 ODI series win over England meant a great deal to the Australian team after the 0-3 loss in the Ashes © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Southampton: Sep 17, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Australia/post" target="_blank">Australia</a> captain <a href="/tags/Michael-Clarke/post" target="_blank">Michael Clarke</a> was in no doubt his side "deserved" their 2-1 One-Day International (ODI) series win over <a href="/tags/England/post" target="_blank">England</a> after a <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/England-vs-Australia-2013-Shane-Watson-s-ton-powers-Australia-to-series-win-at-Southampton/31000" target="_blank">49-run success</a> in their tour finale at Southampton.<br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Shane-Watson/post" target="_blank">Shane Watson</a>'s 143 and the all-rounder's fourth-wicket partnership of 163 with Clarke (75) took Australia to 298 on Monday, a total that might have been even greater but for 22-year-old England all-rounder Ben Stokes's ODI best five for 61 and debutant seamer Chris Jordan's three for 51.<br /> <br /> However, Australia had more than enough runs to play with as England managed just 249 in reply before being bowled out under the Ageas Bowl floodlights.<br /> <br /> After England's preceding <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Ashes-2013-England-win-series-3-0-after-5th-Test-ends-in-draw-at-The-Oval/30312" target="_blank">3-0 Ashes series success</a>, the main event of an Australia tour that started with their early exit from the ICC Champions Trophy one-day tournament in Britain and saw them <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Darren-Lehmann-appointed-Australia-s-head-coach-after-Mickey-Arthur-s-sacking/28264" target="_blank">replace</a> sacked coach Mickey Arthur with former Test batsman Darren Lehmann, this series seemed an after-thought.<br /> <br /> That was especially so after the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-scores/Australia-tour-of-United-Kingdom-2013/1st-ODI-Match/England-Vs-Australia/full-scorecard/11462" target="_blank">first</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-scores/Australia-tour-of-United-Kingdom-2013/3rd-ODI-Match/England-Vs-Australia/full-scorecard/11464" target="_blank">third</a> matches ended in rain-marred no results, with Clarke <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Michael-Clarke-slams-ton-to-guide-Australia-to-315-7-in-2nd-ODI-against-England-at-Old-Trafford/30751" target="_blank">making a hundred</a> in Australia's 88-run second ODI win in Manchester before Jos Buttler led England to a series-levelling <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/England-defy-Clint-McKay-rsquo-s-hat-trick-to-level-series-in-4th-ODI/30935" target="_blank">three-wicket victory in Cardiff</a> on Saturday.<br /> <br /> "For a lot of people, this series did not mean a lot," Clarke said. "But to us it meant a great deal.<br /> <br /> "Everyone in our dressing-room is excited, and so they should be — because we deserved this win," the man-of-the-series added.<br /> <br /> England's pursuit of 299 never really recovered from the first-over run out of Kevin Pietersen, despite a stand of 92 between Ravi Bopara (62) and Buttler, who followed up his match-winning 65 not out at Sophia Gardens with 42.<br /> <br /> Australia were well worth their victory but with England resting five mainstays of their Ashes-winning side — regular captain Alastair Cook, key batsman Ian Bell, new-ball duo James Anderson and Stuart Broad as well as first-choice spinner Graeme Swann — Clarke was reluctant to read too much into the result ahead of the return Test series 'Down Under' starting in November.<br /> <br /> "I don't know whether it will have much impact on the Ashes back home but we get the flight back home tomorrow [Tuesday] a lot happier as a one-day side certainly," Clarke said.<br /> <br /> "The Ashes is still a way away but everyone is excited about that and the players are thinking about it already, but our focus has to be on the seven ODIs in India first."<br /> <br /> Watson, named Man-of-the-Match after a dominant 107-ball innings including 12 fours and six sixes on a ground where both he and Clarke once played for south coast county Hampshire, said there had been a significant change in the side's mood since Lehmann replaced Arthur.<br /> <br /> "Things have changed quite a bit and I think the most important thing is everyone's really enjoying themselves," said Watson, one of four players <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/India-vs-Australia-2013-Watson-Pattinson-Khawaja-and-Johnson-axed-from-3rd-Test-at-Mohali/23890" target="_blank">controversially dropped</a> by South African disciplinarian Arthur for failing to complete 'homework' during Australia's 4-0 Test series loss in India earlier this year.<br /> <br /> "We're playing the brand of cricket we know is going to give us success — we just need to be more consistent with it."<br /> <br /> But stand-in England captain Eoin Morgan said the hosts, who saw senior batsman Jonathan Trott withdraw with a back spasm shortly before Monday's toss, could take heart from this series.<br /> <br /> "The biggest 'positive' is we've got to see a lot of young cricketers come through, and we've got to learn about them more than anything," Morgan said.<br /> <br /> "Even today [Monday], Jordan looked really threatening up front. He bowled a heavy ball, and came back at the end and bowled well.<br /> <br /> "He, along with Stokes, has impressed and [Boyd] Rankin similarly.<br /> <br /> "It's very difficult to ease Broad, Anderson out of a team. But anything could happen in an Ashes series — you could have a couple of guys go down and potentially a couple of these guys coming in and replacing them.<br /> <br /> "This series was about educating them and having a look at them. So it's a huge 'positive'.