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Australia v England - Twenty20 int'l

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Sydney: 9 January, 2007

Ben Hilfenhaus
Ben Hilfenhaus took two wickets and was also economical
Aussie newcomer Ben Hilfenhaus said he had enjoyed the limelight after helping the hosts thrash England in the Twenty20 international in Sydney.

The 23-year-old Tasmanian, playing with team-mates who were virtual strangers, took 2-16 with his outswingers.

And afterwards he said: "I only really knew Punter (captain Ricky Ponting) because he plays for Tazzie with me.

"I was a bit stuck in my shell in the corner but hopefully now I'll come out of my shell a bit. It was sensational."

Hilfenhaus is not in the squad for the Commonwealth Bank series against England and New Zealand.

But with neither Brett Lee nor Mitchell Johnson 100% fit, he could be drafted in.

The former bricklayer said: "It was definitely a very memorable experience for me, and very enjoyable as well.

I enjoy playing this form of the game but it's best played when there's not a lot riding on it

Ricky Ponting

"The nerves got to me a little bit at the start of my run-up but I just tried the best I could to execute my plans."

Hilfenhaus bowled Ian Bell with a low full toss and kept Paul Collingwood on a tight leash before having him caught at deep square leg.

He said: "I got a lot of congratulations from my team-mates. It's good to know I'm doing it in front of the selectors.

"The crowd was fantastic and created a wonderful atmosphere."

Ponting stressed the match had been more about entertaining the crowd than anything else.

He said: "We wanted to win and play as well as we could but it was just a bit of fun.

"I enjoy playing this form of the game but it's best played when there's not a lot riding on it."


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