Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke on Sunday revealed his message to his teammates during the 2015 World Cup triumph saying that he asked the 'superstars' to 'play with freedom'. <p></p> <p></p>"My message throughout the whole tournament was 'play with freedom'," Cricket.com.au quoted Clarke as saying. <p></p> <p></p>"The thing about the squad we picked is we had so many superstars who wanted to be on the big stage," he added. <p></p> <p></p>On this day, five years ago, Clarke rallied his troops to a seven-wicket victory over New Zealand which handed Australia its fifth World Cup title. <p></p> <p></p>Steve Smith, Mitch Starc, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, and Mitch Marsh featured in the winning squad led by Clarke. <p></p> <p></p>Clarke said he wanted to allow those x-factor players to get on stage and show the world how good they are. <p></p> <p></p>"There were a lot of big egos on the team and they wanted the bigger game, bigger crowd, bigger moment," Clarke said. <p></p> <p></p>"For me, it was about our training and preparation being so important because then all I wanted to do was allow these x-factor players - Faulkner, Maxwell, Warner, Starc, Smith - these superstars to get on stage and show the world how good they are, and that's what happened," he added.