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Last Updated: Saturday, 21 October 2006, 16:52 GMT 17:52 UK
Ponting praises Aussie youngsters
Shane Watson
Watson dismissed Bell, Flintoff and Yardy
Australia skipper Ricky Ponting saved most of his praise for Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson after his side's six-wicket win over England in Jaipur.

Watson took 3-16 and Johnson 3-40 as England were bowled out for 169 in the crunch Champions Trophy match.

"Our bowlers did a terrific job, Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson in particular," said Ponting.

"We knew we had to bang the ball in hard and it was great to see those younger guys do the job."

Ponting added: "We realised the wicket was slow and tough to score on, so once we got that first wicket we thought we could put some of their other batters under early pressure.

We bowled sensationally and restricted England to the score we wanted

Damien Martyn

"And we got a few of them out with some short-pitched balls which was pleasing.

"It was good to get a comprehensive win under our belt and we can take a lot of confidence into the game with India next week.

"Damien Martyn [who scored 78] played brilliantly and really gave us the momentum when we needed it."

Despite his Man of the Match performance, Martyn also gave most of the credit for the win to Australia's bowlers.

"It was nice to get some runs - you have days when you can't score them so you take days like this," said Martyn.

"We were in trouble early on and there were a few nervous moments but we bowled sensationally and restricted them to the score we wanted."



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