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Last Updated: Wednesday, 5 January, 2005, 09:18 GMT
Ponting basks in series success
R Ponting
We won the game comfortable as I predicted we would
Ricky Ponting
Australia captain Ricky Ponting chose to look at the series performance as a whole after his team completed a 3-0 sweep in the Tests against Pakistan.

Ponting identified the players who had done the most for the side.

He said: "Damien Martyn's been outstanding, Justin Langer's year was absolutely sensational, Adam Gilchrist just keeps changing games.

"But it's the return to their best of Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne that has been a big factor in our results."

Ponting waxed lyrical about his two veteran bowlers.

"Just having those two guys in your side and bowling so well gives you so much more confidence and probably adds a bit more aura around our team for the opposition," he said.

It was Australia's fifth consecutive series win.

For Pakistan, who stay to play the VB one-day series in Australia with West Indies forming the third team in the tournament, have problems with premier paceman Shoaib Akhtar.

Shoaib was well short of his best form in Sydney.

"He's complaining of a hamstring injury at the moment," said Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer.

"He's having a scan tomorrow and we'll see how fit he is after that. Certainly in this Test match, he was a shadow of himself."

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