Ponting - Gayle wicket key
Ricky Ponting says Chris Gayle's wicket was the key to their 50-run success which clinched the ODI series.
Last Updated: 15/02/10 1:38pm
Ricky Ponting says Chris Gayle's wicket was the key to their 50-run success which clinched their ODI series victory over West Indies in Brisbane.
Australian skipper Ponting blasted 106 from just 112 balls as the hosts recorded the highest ever ODI total at the Gabba of 324-7 in the fourth match of the series.
With such a huge target to find, the tourists needed a big innings from their skipper, but Gayle could only make a quick-fire 34 before being removed by Doug Bollinger.
Despite it still being an early stage of the innings, Ponting said that he thought the win was in the bag as son as Gayle was sent back to the pavilion.
"Gayle came out really hard, the way he probably had to play chasing that total," said Ponting.
Home and dry
"We stuck at things really well there and got that wicket. Pretty much when we got that (Gayle), I thought we were home.
"Twenty five overs in (to the West Indies innings) the game was over. Even with (Kieron) Pollard and (Dwayne) Smith, I think the game was well and truly over."
Australia are now just three games away from an undefeated summer at home, and Ponting was understandably delighted with his side's continued good form.
"It was a good win again," he added. "To bat first and post that sort of total was really satisfying. Posting the highest total ever at the Gabba was a great result and great reward for the team.
"I thought the batting group were terrific then we did what we needed to do with the ball."
Ponting's knock was the first Australian ton against the West Indies in the series, and the classy number three credited hard work and coming to the crease at an opportune time for his brilliant innings.
"I've been working pretty hard with the coach on a few little things," he said.
"The first series against Pakistan I was in at the end of power play overs and trying to force things on a little bit, and if not, it was just after the power play had finished and it's hard to hit boundaries at that stage.
"I have felt more comfortable at the crease the last half a dozen games that I've played, and the numbers probably indicate that as well.
"(It) was my turn to make sure that I got a big score and we didn't let another one of those opportunities slip."