Ponting: Bowlers key to win
Australia captain delighted with progress of young side
Last Updated: 10/11/09 10:21am
Ponting: Praised bowlers
Ricky Ponting has been delighted with the development of Australia's one-day side, with the bowlers leading the way.
"For us, a 5-2 margin sounds a lot better than 4-3 and we would like to end the series with a win." Quotes of the week
The team captain has just led his side to an unassailable 4-2 series lead against India and is determined to round off the tour in style in Mumbai on Wednesday.
"It goes to say a lot about the individual players," he said. "When a player gets an opportunity to play for Australia, he gives his best every time he takes to the ground.
"In our team all the players have performed consistently well and, in fact, some of our players have performed better than the Indians have.
"Winning the series is a great achievement and I must say that both players and coaching staff have done a great job.
"All of a sudden we had a side that looked very inexperienced, but now we are starting to take shape.
"There's a World Cup 12 months away that we're starting to build towards and this squad we've used over the recent past should keep us in really good shape."
Ponting lost frontline bowlers Brett Lee, James Hopes, Peter Siddle and Moises Henriques earlier in the tour, but their replacements have performed just as well.
"We want to end the series on a positive note," Ponting said. "In the last few weeks we have played excellent cricket and even though the series has been decided, it is not over yet.
"For us, a 5-2 margin sounds a lot better than 4-3 and we would like to end the series with a win.
"I think the deciding factor in this series was our bowling.
"Our bowlers have done a great job, they have bowled consistently well against the Indian batsmen.
"In all the three close matches, we were bowling last and our bowlers did a fine job.
"Ever since Doug Bollinger joined the team, he hasn't set a foot wrong. Early in the series, Peter Siddle also bowled very well and kept Sachin (Tendulkar) quiet for a while.
"I hope our bowlers will do the same tomorrow."
The magnitude of winning a one-day series in India was put into context by Ponting.
"Our guys have been able to hold their nerve well and we have been able to apply pressure on the India team at the right time," he said.
"I would rate this series triumph alongside the World Cup and Champions Trophy victories.
"In fact, both Champions Trophy and this series have shown that ODIs can stand on their own and they have no threat from Twenty20 cricket."