Friday, October 2, 2009


Relishing every single bit of their superb victory over England in the Champions Trophy semifinal, Australian skipper Ricky Ponting said the win means a lot to his young teammates.

Defending champions Australia trounced England by nine wickets to cruise to the final of the elite ICC event.

"There is lot of energy in the group and guys are looking forward. They were waiting for this moment for a long time," Ponting, said after the match.Ponting led from front with a magnificent unbeaten 111 and also became the first Australian to get past the 12,000 run-mark in one-day cricket.

Ponting said he was not aware that he was approaching the milestone.

"They are nice achievements. I will look at it when I finish my career. David Hussey came to me and said you are close to 12,000 runs, I said 'I have no idea'."

The Australian skipper lauded his bowlers for providing the side a good start on a batting friendly track though he admitted that they let England loose in the middle-overs.

"The bowing was pretty good. We took wickets when we needed upfront. I thought in the middle we got carried away in that situation of the game. (Tim) Bresnan and (Luke) Wright played well. The wicket was exceptional and ground was fast," he said.

Bresnan hit a career best 80 and along with Wright, who missed his fifty by two runs, had resuscitated the England innings from a dismal 101 for six.

Shane Watson, chosen Man-of-the-Match for his powerful 136 run knock, was happy to get a hundred under his belt after a very poor show so far.

Watson was out for nought in the first two matches and managed 24 against Pakistan in the last groups-stage match.

"It was nice to get that (hundred). To bat with Ricky really helped me. We played well. We took wickets on a beautiful wicket. I have learnt a lot from the greats in the side and now that they have retired, it's our turn to raise our hands (to do job)," he said.

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