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Last Updated: Monday, 18 December 2006, 06:22 GMT
Ponting delight at series triumph
Australia captain Ricky Ponting
Ponting was ecstatic after Australia won the Ashes in Perth
Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes his team's ability to dig in and fight was the decisive factor in winning back the Ashes.

They turned a potential loss into an an amazing victory in Adelaide and a 206-run win in Perth sealed the series.

Ponting said: "What this team has been great at doing in the last month is digging in and fighting.

"It's a huge occasion for me and the team. To win the Ashes back the way we have done is unbelievable."

Ponting said the whole team had been hurt by the defeat in England 15 months ago and were determined to regain the Ashes at the earliest opportunity.

"Losing the Ashes in 2005 was one of the lowlights of my career but right now is one of the more special times," said Ponting.

We deserve it, we've earned it and we wanted it badly after 2005

Australia's Shane Warne

And he suggested England had played better then the 3-0 scoreline suggested.

"England played a very good Test match at Adelaide and I knew we would have to be at our best to win here," he said.

"I didn't want anyone thinking any further ahead and to the players credit they did not mention winning the Ashes during the game but I'm sure it will be mentioned a few times tonight.

"Adelaide was the most amazing win I've been involved in, to turn the game around like we did.

"We dominated this game a lot more than Adelaide and I'll be remembering this game for a long time to come.

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"We had to work really hard yesterday and found it difficult getting wickets but we got a couple of late breakthroughs which gave us momentum going into today.

"But even today we didn't have it all our own way and had to fight early on."

Leg spinner Shane Warne, who took his Test total to 699, revealed his delight at recapturing the Ashes at the first attempt.

"It's fantastic to be honest, the side deserved this," said Warne, who took 4-115 in England's second innings.

"It hurt in 2005 and we knew we had to be ready. This side can do special things and we were ready right from day one. It's a pretty good feeling.

It is going to take a long time to wipe the smile off the face. I'm really proud to be part of such an Australian team

Michael Hussey

"It was all about being ready. We knew how England would play and it was all about execution.

"England have come out fighting, as we new they would. We deserve it, we've earned it and we wanted it badly after 2005."

Batsman Michael Hussey, who did not feature in 2005 but has enjoyed a fine series, was thrilled to be part of the winning side.

Hussey was named man of the match in Perth after scoring 103 and an unbeaten 74.

He said: "It is going to take a long time to wipe the smile off the face. I'm really proud to be part of such an Australian team.

"It's everyone's achievement, not one or two of the guys."

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