I expected Australia to dominate: Ponting
Ricky Ponting, captain of World Cup champions Australia, says he always believed his team was capable of going through the tournament undefeated.india Updated: Mar 25, 2003 10:42 IST
Ricky Ponting, captain of World Cup champions Australia, says he always believed his team was capable of going through the tournament undefeated.
Australia ended the competition unbeaten after crushing India by 125 runs in Sunday's final in Johannesburg.
"I thought we could (go undefeated)," Ponting told reporters at Perth airport on Tuesday.
"I thought we had the talent. (Paceman) Glenn McGrath told everybody we would go through undefeated, I think."
The World Cup triumph was not only Australia's second in a row and a record third in total -- they also won it in 1987 and 1999 -- but also extended the side's record winning streak to 17 one-day games.
Ponting said a match-winning 143 not out from fringe player Andrew Symonds in Australia's Group A opener was an example of the strength of the squad.
"The talent that we've got in this side, it certainly makes my job a fair bit easier," said Ponting, who hit 140 not out in the final.
"We played some great cricket through this campaign. Whenever we were tested...one of this bunch put their hand up and made sure that we got over the line."
Vice-captain Adam Gilchrist, who smashed 57 off 48 balls in the final, said Australia's path to glory in 2003 was smoother than four years ago under Steve Waugh.
"We were under fire right from the beginning and every game was do-or-die really (in 1999)," Gilchrist told reporters.
The Australia-Pakistan game could have gone either way at 86 for four before Symonds took over, Gilchrist said.
"From that moment on it's been a lot smoother ride. There was a lot of adrenaline and excitement in 1999 but this time it felt a bit more controlled but certainly no less joyous occasion when we won it."
Test captain Steve Waugh's 15-man squad will leave Australia on Monday for a four-test tour of the West Indies, to be followed by seven one-day internationals. Ponting, 28, will be 37-year-old Waugh's vice-captain for the test series.