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Captain Clarke hails fine batting effort

Australian captain Michael Clarke on Wednesday hailed his batsmen for their efforts as they posted the highest ODI score, 417, in a World Cup match against Afghanistan. Australia registered a mammoth total of 417 for six as David Warner (178), Glen Maxwell (88) and Steven Smith (95) clobbered opposition bowlers all around the park. In reply, Afghanistan managed to score only 142, giving Australia their highest win while batting first in ODIs, 275 runs.

“Very good win, outstanding performance with the bat. David Warner was exceptional. Steve Smith beautiful and Glenn Maxwell fantastic,” Clarke said at the post-match presentation ceremony. The 33-year-old also said it was great having all-rounder James Faulkner in the side after recovering from side strain. “Good to see James (Faulkner) back. His bowling was outstanding. He will be there for the game against Sri Lanka,” he said.

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