Sydney: Australia captain Michael Clarke was momentarily stumped by a bungled question which appeared to be about his sex life as he celebrated Thursday's World Cup semi-final win over India.

Clarke, who had just led the co-hosts to a crushing 95-run win against the defending champions, was facing the media at the post-match press conference at the Sydney Cricket Ground, when he was asked to comment on "the tremendous sex" he had enjoyed since taking over as captain.

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Michael Clarke
Michael Clarke. Pic/ AFP

The embarrassed reporter quickly corrected himself, telling Clarke he had meant to say "the tremendous success".

"How well do you know me?" Clarke asked the journalist as man-of-the-match Steve Smith, who was sitting next to him, laughed.

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"It's a question for my wife," said the skipper. Australia will face trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand in Sunday's final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.