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Aus media hails series victory against 'upstart rivals' India

cricket Updated: Nov 09, 2009 12:18 IST

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Australian media on Monday hailed their national cricket team for the ODI series win against "upstart rivals" India in their own backyard, saying the triumph has established that Ricky Ponting's men are the undisputed kings of limited overs game.

Australia took an unassailable 4-2 lead in the seven-match series after their six-wicket victory in Guwahati on Monday, and the media in Melbourne lauded Ricky Ponting's men for the way they tamed India despite being ravaged by injury to some of their top players before and during the tour.

The series win also dashed India's ambition of dethroning Australia from the top position in the International Cricket Council ODI rankings.

"Courageous Australia remain cricket's one-day kings after crushing upstart rivals India in a ruthless show of strength," screamed a write-up in the Courier Mail.

"India's bold ambition to send Ricky Ponting's men home without the number one ranking proved hollow with Australia's six-wicket victory sealing the series and one-day bragging rights," it said.

Headlined 'Jubilant Aussies take series over India', Herald Sun newspaper said the series win by Ponting's men would be more devastating to Indian psyche as it had come with a "virtual Australia A side".

"Dhoni's side will be licking its wounds for a while after being bashed by a virtual Australia 'A' side, short of frontline names but big on heart," it said.