Match-winner Adam Gilchrist savoured an "unbelievable feeling" after Australia completed a World Cup hat-trick with victory over Sri Lanka in Barbados.
Adam Gilchrist produced an outstanding innings on Saturday
Gilchrist's innings of 149 off 104 balls set the Aussies on their way to a 53-run win in a rain-affected final.
"It was really pleasing to do it on an important day. I've been getting a lot of starts but hadn't converted.
"It's terrific. The guys have worked so hard," said Gilchrist, whose eight sixes equalled a World Cup record.
Gilchrist said the two most important Australians to thank for their success were veteran seam bowler Glenn McGrath, named player of the tournament, and coach John Buchanan.
Both retired in the best possible way.
Gilchrist said: "Much will be said about Glenn and he deserves all of it, but also John Buchanan, 'Buck', has been amazing for Australian World Cup cricket, so well done mate.
I want to thank the guys for continuing to encourage me
"The great thing about our team, and batting with Haydos [Matthew Hayden], is our partnership.
"We've been quite successful getting our team off to a good start.
"Matty was superb. He had gone on to get a big score three or four times in the tournament, and we had the batting strength to capitalise on those starts.
"It's a high standard this team sets and when you don't reach those standards it's easy to doubt yourself, so I want to thank the guys for continuing to encourage me."
Asked how he would distinguish this World Cup victory from the ones achieved in 1999 and 2003, he said: "I would call it the never-ending one, I think.
"But it's been really satisfying. It's been a long campaign and there were question-marks over the way we finished our summer at home.
"But it was just great fun and I want to thank all the supporters, the Sri Lanka supporters as well, and all the Aussie suporters who have been brilliant."
McGrath, who ended up with a record 26 wickets in the tournament, said: "I am pretty happy with the way this tournament has finished, the way our bowlers worked together was amazing.
It was the perfect platform for McGrath to retire from cricket
"The fact my retirement was just around the corner made me go out there and enjoy it more and the way the bowlers worked together was amazing.
"It's been quite a long career. I've loved every minute of it, the things I'll miss the most are playing here and the celebrations.
"The main thing now is to go home and spend some time with my family."
Captain Ricky Ponting, also experiencing his third World Cup win, said: "I am unbelievably proud of what we have achieved.
"All the guys have done it for eight weeks and everything came together for us in the final.
"We've played some unbelievable cricket and we didn't have a close game at all. That's full credit to the way the guys have played.
"Results have kept getting better and better. It is a day I'll never forget."