Australia v New Zealand, ICC Champions Trophy, final, Centurion October 5, 2009

The youngsters won it for us - Ponting

Cricinfo staff

Ricky Ponting has attributed Australia's Champions Trophy success to the efforts of youngsters in his team, especially their performance in an occasionally tense final.

"We have gone through some ups and downs in the last 18 months. A number of great players have left and we brought in a lot of young, fresh players. It was great to see some of them stand up and deliver," Ponting said after Australia's six-wicket win over New Zealand that gave them their second Champions Trophy title.

Australia's bowling performance in the final was led by Nathan Hauritz, who grabbed 3 for 37, including the well-set Martin Guptill for 40. Later, in their chase of 201, Australia were in trouble at 6 for 2 but Shane Watson and Cameron White added 128 to put them in control. "Two young guys at the crease at 6 for 2, it doesn't get any tougher and they did a great job," Ponting said.

Australia came in to the tournament as favourites along with South Africa, fresh from the success of a 6-1 ODI humiliation of England. They beat West Indies in a tough contest in Johannesburg, were dominant against India in a washed-out game and edged Pakistan in a two-wicket win in Centurion. They were comprehensive winners in the semi-final against England, Ponting and Shane Watson hammering centuries in a nine-wicket win.

"In the ODI series in England after the Ashes, we did well there to put ourselves in a position where we can give this tournament a little bit of a shake," Ponting said. "We've played some great cricket over the last couple of weeks here."

The Champions Trophy also brought personal success for Ponting, as he emerged the highest run-getter with 288 at 72 in four games. He was honoured with a golden bat for that feat, and followed it up with the Man-of-the-Series award, ahead of Watson, who finished the tournament with back-to-back centuries.

"We needed discipline today, and we knew that if I was around till the 40th over, we had a chance," Watson, who was Man of the Match, said after his innings of 105. "It was set up with Ricky's help in the semi-finals to get me through, and he missed out today, but it was time for another to step up.

"The wicket today was a little slower than the other night but Kyle Mills and Shane Bond bowled beautifully straight up until me and White had a good partnership."

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  • Hugo on October 7, 2009, 12:45 GMT

    Its very simple: good administration, public support and admiration, good leadership, and the players' desire to excel.

    These are the reasons why Australia can and will continue to shine in an era after the recent departure of so many of their greats.

    There is a history of battle and success for Australia in cricket. The last Ashes series in Australia was compared to the previous 5-0 whitewash by Warwick Armstrong's team which happened in 1921 !!! And all of this is supported by our past greats watching for talent and advising our administrators and captain, whilst the future of our cricketing champions are nurtured at the club level as they hope to progress to the State and National level, all the while being filtered and educated.

    When the rest of the cricketing world has this support for their team and talent, then will Australia have a real fight on their hands.

    Bring it on !!!

    God you good thing !!!

  • Rajaram on October 7, 2009, 8:38 GMT

    The Australian System works! The highly competetive, rigorous domestic Cricket played in Australia makes Tim Paine, Callum Ferguson, to name two who came through the System - genuinely merit a place in the Australianm side.

  • Andrew on October 7, 2009, 2:28 GMT

    Well done to Ricky and the boys. I feel a bit sorry for them as there has not been much coverage here in Australia about the tournament and there for they won't get the adulation they deserve for winning it. Part of the problem is we are stilla ccustomed to our boys just winning everything where as in other sports just the sheer qualification for certain tournaments results in them being feted around town. They played really well. They also showed that regardless of the team they will never be easy beats and shown the attitude ingrained in every aussie sportsperson from a young age of never giving up and go for the win. In players like Paine, Watson, White, ferguson, Siddle and Johnson (along with Clarke) we have a very strong team for the future as well when players like Hussey and Ponting hang up their bats.

  • Alan on October 7, 2009, 2:25 GMT

    Good on you Aussies! We knew you could win it. Happy Rose

  • Rakitha on October 7, 2009, 1:07 GMT

    Its unbelievable to see that after the likes of Warne, Mcgrath, Hayden, Gilchrist etc, have all retired, Australia still have the power to win major world Championships. So many wrote them off after their legends all retired, but they have proved all of us wrong Congrtats Australia

  • Gilbert on October 7, 2009, 0:34 GMT

    I don't think what Ponting says is true. The Australians have been playing continious cricket for almost six months and their retaining of the Champions Trophy was because of their form and hence the victory was in their stride. Congratulations to the Aussies. They are still the best because they play the game hard with determination and passion.

  • giovaughn on October 7, 2009, 0:31 GMT

    the strength of AUSTRALIA is they have a nack with nurturing young talent till their efforts are eventually rewarded. west indies' problem is not a lack of talented youngsters. most just get lost & frustrated along the way due to lack of support or dont have the discipline needed to succeed at the highest level of cricket. great naturals only come about once in a while. think about it, after more than 30 years none have come close to a sobers & after almost a century no one has come close to a bradman. we all thought that aussies would fall after the legends they had retired. however after losing almost an entire team of legends they are still an extremely strong force to be reckoned with. why, because they trainied youngsters to step up and take their places. thats where we fell short during the 90's thinking that we could just walk down the road & pick up a viv a marshall or a jeff dujon. what we need is proper training & youngsters with a love for the game to rise up

  • Peter on October 6, 2009, 23:57 GMT

    The Aus ODI side now seems nicely settled. Watson making runs at a good pace at the top of the order, Ponting being Ponting, White playing the Symonds role where he can slog if needed or build an innings, Ferguson will continue to develop into a good late order player, and Hopes provides a nice flourish at the end with Johnson and Lee. The one change I would make is replace Hussey with Clarke when he's fit (obviously Haddin will come back too). But it seems that they have finally re-learnt the art of accelerating at the end of the innings, something that has been lacking ever since the axing of Symonds. And as long as they never drop Hauritz so they always have a specialist spinner, the Aussies I think will be the top ODI side.

  • Shannon on October 6, 2009, 18:26 GMT

    We're back, baby!!! WOoooOOOO!!

  • mansoor on October 6, 2009, 14:33 GMT

    well done guys, you really played well

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