England captain Stuart Broad heaped praise on his players after they squared the NatWest Twenty20 series against Australia with an impressive victory at Chester-le-Street.
Alex Hales was in brutal form in blasting 94 from 61 balls and combining with opening partner Michael Lumb for 111 - England successfully defending 195-5 by 27 runs to level at 1-1.
Broad told Sky Sports afterwards: "After losing the toss the guys adapted to the conditions really well.
"To get 60 off the first six without losing a wicket was fantastic and it was great to keep wickets in hand.
"Both batting performances have been exceptional. We have had two fantastic wickets to play on, there's not much margin for error. It shows in international cricket you need to have your skills perfect.
"It's been a long summer, it's been very special and will always hold some good memories."
Good start for Fawad Ahmed
Australian counterpart George Bailey said: "I thought we had some good patches with the ball. It was really tough with the wind. There are some really good things going on.
"Finchy's innings (Aaron Finch scored 156 in first match) was fantastic and I like the balance with the batting order."
Pakistan-born leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed made his debut for Australia and the 32-year-old impressed, taking 3-25.
He only became qualified for Australia in June and celebrated with a kiss to the heavens when he claimed his first victim, Michael Lumb, who was caught by wicketkeeper Matthew Wade after top-edging a sweep high into the air.
Asked about the debutant, Bailey said: "He's pretty passionate. It meant a lot to him and would have meant a lot to all the people who have supported him.
"It was fantastic for him, we saw he has good control and good skills. He is someone who can have a lot of success.
"No matter what your age is, when you come into international cricket you want to know if you are good enough and where you stand.
"To Fawad's credit, he handled that pressure really well. It's good to know for the future. I think that showed he has a good knowledge of his own game and self-belief."