Self-belief helped us to win series: Ponting

Published: Monday, September 25, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Kuala Lumpur: Jubilant Australian captain Ricky Ponting said the self-belief of his boys had bailed the team out of difficult situation and helped them to kiss the DLF Cup.

"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 annihilated Windies by 127 runs in the DLF Cup final.

Ponting said the experiment Australia made in the team helped them to achieve the title.

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

Lavishing praise on Brett Lee, Who scalped 12 batsmen in three matches, the Aussie 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.

Brett 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.

Despite the humiliating defeat, Windies skipper Brian Lara praised his teammates for their performance 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.

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