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Aussie cricketers come home

By Adam Cooper 20/11/2003 05:29:41 AM Comments (0)

Australia's one-day cricket side returns home on Thursday still buzzing in the light of another comprehensive series final victory over India.

Australia again broke Indian hearts in a one-day final, this time by winning the triangular tournament by beating the home side by 37 runs in the series decider at Eden Gardens.

Australia followed up its World Cup final win over the same opposition by bowling India all out for 198, with Ian Harvey (4-21) mopping up the tail to finish with four wickets from eight balls.

The tour was also a major stepping stone for young batsman Michael Clarke, named man of the match for his unbeaten 44 in Australia's total of 5-235 and his 2-37 with the ball.

Clarke's outstanding form this series will make his battle with Darren Lahmann for the middle order-spinner's berth in the limited overs side one of the contests of the summer.

Australia's win in Calcutta was its sixth from seven matches after a first-up loss to India in its opening hit-out and ensured the world champions will go into the coming Test series against India chock full of confidence.

India however has just a couple of days to regather before it arrives in Melbourne for the start of its two-and-a-half month tour.

India will play Victoria and a Queensland XI before it takes on Australia in the first of four Tests, at the Gabba starting December 4.

India is expected to arrive in Melbourne this weekend, in time for the clash against the Bushrangers, starting on Tuesday.

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