Brisbane: After notching up a crushing 110-run win against India, stand-in Australian captain Ricky Ponting said it's been a long time since he has seen the hosts bowl as well as they did in today's game.
The Australians bundled out India for 178 after setting them a stiff target of 289 to win.
"It's been a long time since I have seen an Australian team bowl as well as they did tonight. The way they were able to be aggressive early on with the new ball, but at the same time be able to restrict India from scoring boundaries was absolutely first class," said Ponting.
Comeback paceman Ben Hilfenhaus took a career-best five for 33 in his nine-odd overs.
"For Ben (Hilfenhaus) to come away with a five-for in his first game in a long time was a great reward for him. I think selectors have had this gameplan for Hilfy for quite a while.
"We always know here in Brisbane the ball is going to swing a lit bit particularly with two new balls we have got now. We knew the conditions would suit him, particularly after we won the toss.
"The ball normally does a little bit more at night here, but I thought his control early on, the line and length he bowled early, along with the aggression, was the reason he bowled as well as he did."
Ponting was also very pleased with his side's batting.
"We felt it was good (score), just a little bit over par. Most of the batters came off today. The wicket was slightly on the slower side for a Brisbane one-day wicket.
"I thought the way we approached our batting today, being a little bit more patient at the top, giving ourselves a chance to establish partnerships, keeping wickets in hand until the end of the innings, and being able to explode a bit in the last 10 overs. It's the way we play our best one-day cricket and I think we did really well that today."