Ponting satisfied with win
Australia captain Ricky Ponting spoke of his pride after his side maintained their unbeaten summer with victory over West Indies.
By Joe Drabble
Last Updated: 19/02/10 4:09pm
Australia captain Ricky Ponting spoke of his pride after his side maintained their unbeaten summer with a comprehensive victory over West Indies in Melbourne.
The hosts romped to a 125-run victory on Friday, completing a 4-0 series demolition in the process.
Ponting's side dominated at the MCG meeting from start to finish, racking up 324-5 from their 50 overs before dismissing the tourists for just 199.
It has been quite a summer so far for Australia, who beat the Windies 2-0 in the earlier Test series before cruising to 3-0 and 5-0 wins over Pakistan in both formats.
The aforementioned results mean that as long as Australia do not lose either of their upcoming two Twenty20 internationals against Chris Gayle's men, they will have gone through the entire summer unbeaten for the first time since 2000-01.
Ponting, who was named man of the series, was quick to praise his team's efforts over the past few months.
He said: "I am very proud of the team for what we have been able to achieve all summer.
"We know how long and hard it's been but we have been able to rest a few guys when appropriate and get through the end of the summer with flying colours and to finish the way we did tonight was very satisfying."
Touring skipper Gayle acknowledged his players had come up well short against a strong Australia side.
"They are pretty good but then it's been a good summer for them," he said.
"They gained a lot of momentum from the Test series against us and the Pakistan series.
The Windies produced some awful displays in the five-match ODI series and Gayle admits some of the younger players have not done themselves justice.
He added: "We are missing quite a few key players but this was a perfect opportunity for the younger players to come in.
"This is what cricket is all about, it's a challenge."
Windies coach David Williams insisted his team will put in an improved performance in the two T20 internationals, in Hobart on Sunday and then in Sydney on Tuesday.
"We have got a good record against Australia, we are two zip against them so we are pretty confident in the shorter version of the game," he said.
"We do have guys that can destroy an attack (in Twenty20 matches) such as (Kieron) Pollard, (Dwayne) Smith and Chris Gayle so it's going to be good fun."
Williams went on to label the Windies' display in their final one-day match 'terrible' after watching them drop five catches and capitulate with the bat.
"We played terrible in all three departments and to drop five catches in 50 overs tells a lot about our performance but that is cricket and we just have to pick ourselves up from here and go again," he added.
"It's a blessing for us the ODIs are over and now we just want to focus on the last two (Twenty20) matches and build again."
Williams said the injury-hit Windies should be boosted by the return of strike bowler Kemar Roach from an ankle injury.