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Clarke: Australia are 'very confident'

Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke believes Australia will go from strength to strength this winter after their first win since July against Sri Lanka in Brisbane.

With the Ashes getting underway at the Gabba ground on 25 November, the hosts dismissed Sri Lanka for just 115 before recording a comfortable eight wicket victory.

Clarke, standing in for Ricky Ponting, made an unbeaten 50 to see his men home after Clint McKay starred with the ball, taking 5-33.

Starting again

Clarke praised a comprehensive performance, saying: "Can our summer start from tonight?

"It's nice to win and all the boys will be a little happier.

"We have been disappointed with our results, but we are continuing to learn and will get better from this."

The win brings to an end a seven game losing run, stretching back to the first MCC Spirit of Cricket Test against Pakistan at Lord’s.

Clarke will return to his position as vice-captain for the Ashes, with under-pressure Ricky Ponting certain to be picked.

There are fitness doubts over fast-bowler Doug Bollinger and opener Simon Katich however, leading to speculation the Australians could name a 15-man squad for the first Test.

Despite the uncertainty over the squad however, Clarke insists a fully firing Australian side can regain the urn.

"I'm very confident if we play our best cricket we can win this series." he added.

"It's a huge series no matter who the 'favourite' to win the series is, it's very important we just got to go out there and play some of our best cricket."

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