Australia Retain Title

Aaron KumarSenior Writer IOctober 6, 2009

CENTURION, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 05:  Ricky Ponting (L) and Shane Watson of Australia celebrate in the changing rooms with the trophy after the ICC Champions Trophy Final between Australia and New Zealand played at Supersport Park on October 5, 2009 in Centurion, South Africa.  (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

Australia turned in a superb performance to defeat New Zealand and defend their ICC Champions Trophy title. New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat 1st but they were only able to make a below par total of 200 from their 50 overs. Australia, though lost Tim Paine and Ricky Ponting early on and they found themselves reduced to 6-2, but Shane Watson hit his 2nd century in as many games, as Australia sealed a comfortable 6 wicket victory. Australia have been playing some good one day cricket in recent times having just crushed England in an ODI series 6-1 over in England. Australia had never won the ICC Champions Trophy until 2006 but they have now won the tournament twice in succession to go with the World Cup which they have won on the last 3 occasions. Ricky Ponting was the leading run scorer in the tournament, following his 100 in the Semi Finals against England Ponting said he is aiming to surpass Sachin Tendulkar as the leading ODI run scorer of all time. It would take a brave person to Bet against Ponting doing just that.