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Self-belief worked wonder for us, says Ponting

The Aussie skipper says confidence of the team bailed them out of difficult situations and helped them clinch the triseries.

india Updated: Sep 25, 2006 11:20 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Australian captain Ricky Pontingsaid the self-belief of his players had bailed the team out of difficult situations and helped them clinch the cricket triseries.

Ponting said his team had some good players who had enough confidence in themselves to overcome adverse situations and emerge winners.

"It's the self belief. There are a lot of good players in the team and they believe in their abilities," he said after Australia inflicted a 127-run defeat on West Indies in the final to win the tournament.

Ponting said the various experiments with the line-up had helped the team test its ability.

"The wicket here was not very easy. We did some experimentation and that has come out good," he said.

Heaping praise on Brett Lee, who captured 12 wickets in three matches, the Australian skipper said the speedster was a great asset to the side.

"He is the best one-day international bowler who can bat lower down the order. He is a great asset for the team," Ponting said.

Despite the heavy defeat, West Indies captain Brian Lara praised his teammates for their showing in the tournament.

"We were happy to restrict a team like Australia to 240. The boys have done pretty well," he said.

"Definitely we have to rework (in this area). We have to work hard and get things right," he said.

Lara welcomed the West Indies Cricket Board's decision to extend their stay in Malaysia to prepare for defence of the Champions Trophy.

"It's a good that we will stay here for the next 5-6 days during which we can prepare for the Champions Trophy in India next month," he said.

Lee, who bagged both the man-of-the-match and man-of-the-series awards, gave credit to the coaching staff for his success in the triseries.

"I must give credit to the coaching staff for this. Our preparation has been the best in recent times. And it is great to be with such a squad," he said.

Lee said he was eager to tour India and take part in the forthcoming Champions Trophy tournament which they are yet to win.

"I am looking forward to going to India. We will take a break and regroup before playing in the Champions Trophy," he said.

First Published: Sep 24, 2006 22:12 IST