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Ponting thrilled with win

Delighted skipper full of praise for triumphant Aussies

Ponting: Delighted with win

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Ricky Ponting has hailed Australia's 170-run thrashing of Pakistan as one of their best Test victories for some time.

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"We haven't been as dominant, but we are building a squad of players right at the moment that, in a couple of years' time, are going to be a very dominant team again"

Ricky Ponting

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Nathan Hauritz weighed in with his maiden Test five-wicket haul as Australia seized a 1-0 lead in the series in Melbourne.

And despite surpassing Steve Waugh as Australia's most successful captain - as well as setting the record as the player with more Test wins (93) than any other - Ponting was thrilled with the result.

"It's been a great game for us," said Ponting.

"It's one of our best Test wins in quite a while I think, starting right from the start of the game with the (Simon) Katich and (Shane) Watson partnership which really set the platform for a very good Test match for us."

Although Ponting revealed he was proud to achieve his own personal milestones - the win was his 42nd as captain and 93rd as a Test player - he still expects more great things from his team.

"They're things I'll probably be most of proud of when I'm done," he said.

Winning

"We all play to win games of cricket and be involved in a team that is winning games of cricket.

"The way we're playing at the moment, the way we're going about it, indicates to me that we're playing well, we've got a great squad of players together and the future is very bright for us."

Hauritz finished off the tourists on the final day, earning him the praise of his skipper.

"What players like him need is just that breakout performance," Ponting said of Hauritz.

"Unless you've actually got over the line and done it when it really matters, you always have doubts about yourself and whether you can do it.

"Today could be one of the really big turning points in Nathan's career. It will give him a lot of confidence, a lot of self-belief, which for younger players striving to find their feet at international level is what you're striving for."