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Fortunate to have natural athletes in the team

india Updated: Nov 10, 2009 23:15 IST
Mike Hussey

Quite obviously, the mood in our camp is very, very good. All the boys are extremely happy and excited at being part of a winning campaign. For a lot of the new guys, for whom being here itself was great, to actually have experienced a triumph is the icing on the cake.

We didn't exactly let our hair down though as we were all tired at the end of the game. We just got together at the team hotel, had a few beers each and ate some good food. Come to think of it, the food has been brilliant. We have been put up in all these great hotels, where the quality of food is really high.

Coming back to the series, two things stood out for us. One was the fielding. Yes, we do work very hard on that aspect. We are fortunate to have more than a fair share of natural athletes, who can run fast, throw the ball hard and dive around when needed. Adam Voges led the effort in this series, his catching being exemplary.

The other thing that worked very well for us right through the series was Ricky's leadership. He's enjoying captaincy at the moment. It's become a completely different challenge from when he took over. Then he had many legends such as Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, to name just a couple, and all he had to do was steer the ship.

Now, with so many youngsters around, he has a more active role and feels he can do a lot more with the team. In fact, both Ricky and the selectors are going to have more than a few headaches in finalising the World Cup squad, now that they have seen so many youngsters come to India and do well.

Presently, we are in Mumbai for the final game and we would like to go back with another win under our belt. I am sure we are in for another full house. It's been fantastic playing in front of such large crowds. To feel and experience the crowds' full blast is the ultimate experience and I can well imagine it will be even louder during World Cup games.