Aussies win ICC trophy

2009-10-06 12:43

AUSTRALIA displayed their class with a six-wicket victory over New

Zealand to retain the Champions Trophy title in style and silence their


Prior to the tournament, the Aussies were given little chance of

lifting the trophy they won in India two years ago following consecutive series

defeats to often tagged ‘chokers’ South Africa and England in the Ashes


However, Australia captain Ricky Ponting and his men dominated the

proceedings chasing the modest 200 all out set by the Black Caps in their 50


Opening batsman Shane Watson blasted shots all over the half-empty

SuperSport Park, Centurion, to stamp the Aussies authority in limited overs


He finished the innings on an unbeaten 106, his second century of

the tournament, his first having come against England in the semis.

The Aussies stood at 200 runs then Watson blasted a six to take the

tally to 206 and his own to 100.

As the overs drew towards the end, one could tell by the body

language of the Black Caps, that they had succumbed and the trophy was headed

for Sydney.

New Zealand Skipper Daniel Vettori’s absence left a big void in the

shaky side and stand-in captain Brendon McCullum made things worse when he

dropped Cameron White in what could have been a turn-around in the match.

As fireworks rattled over the Tshwane ground, declaring the Aussies

winners, skipper Ponting could not stop showering praises on his players who

endured pressure and criticism to retain pole position in the One Day

International rankings.

“We have been under pressure over the last 12 months but the guys

have done very well to retain the number one spot,” he said.

For their efforts, the Aussies pocketed a whopping R28?million and

stylish gold and white champions blazers.

Players’ awards

Player of the tournament: Ricky Ponting

Leading runs scorer : Ricky Ponting (288 from 5 matches)

Leading wicket-taker: Wayne Parnell (11 from 3 matches)

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