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Ponting pays tribute to resilient Aussies

Ricky Ponting paid tribute to his team mates after retaining the World Cup against India on Sunday, praising the squad's resilience after a string of setbacks.

india Updated: Mar 23, 2003 23:07 IST
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Man of the match and Australia captain Ricky Ponting paid tribute to his team mates after retaining the World Cup against India on Sunday, praising the squad's resilience after a string of setbacks.

"We have been really tested throughout this World Cup, with our fair share of injuries and the Warney issue as well," he said.

Australia, who beat India by 125 runs at The Wanderers, lost quick bowler Shane Watson before the tournament began as well as Jason Gillespie during the Cup, while leg spinner Shane Warne flew home before playing a match after failing a drugs test.

Several other players suffered injuries, including Damien Martyn who hit 88 not out in the final while playing with a broken finger.

"The guys that have come in, Andy Bichel and Andrew Symonds, have both had sensational World Cups," Ponting added.

"It says a lot about our depth."

Ponting, who scored 140 not out off 121 balls out of Australia's 359 for two to be named man of the match, said: "It was my most satisfying innings, no doubt about that. To do it today when it really mattered was something very special.

"I saved it all up for the final. Everything went really well for us today.

"The batters put their hands up. I'm lost for words at the moment. It was an outstanding effort."

Australia became the first side to win the trophy three times as they won with 10.4 overs to spare at The Wanderers.

Their score was the best score ever recorded in a World Cup final, and Ponting's knock was also the best individual total.

First Published: Mar 23, 2003 23:07 IST