Michael Clarke dedicates World Cup win to Phil Hughes, says late cricketer was team's 16th player

Melbourne, March 29: Australian captain Michael Clarke turned emotional after winning the ICC World Cup 2015 today and dedicated the trophy to his "little brother" Phil Hughes, who passed away last November after being hit by a cricket ball during a match.

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On Sunday, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Australia claimed their 5th World Cup trophy by defeating New Zealand by 7 wickets. (Full list of awards, stats)

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This was also Clarke's final ODI match and he bowed out on a high. It has been tough four months for him and the entire Australian team following Hughes' tragic death.

Speaking at the end of the final, Clarke said Australia were playing this World Cup with 16 players, referring to Hughes.

"We have played this World Cup with 16 players. Tonight is dedicated to our little brother (Phil Hughes)," Clarke said pointing to the black armband with "PH" which he wore throughout the tournament.

"It (black armband) has got PH on it. I will wear it every time I play for Australia. It has been really a tough few months," Clarke said.

Hughes passed away on November 27, three days after being struck on the back of the neck by a bouncer during a first-clas match at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

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