Australia last night credited their stunning seven-wicket victory over England to an early-morning practice session at Lord's yesterday which set the tone for their NatWest Challenge meeting.
Only three days after slipping to a nine-wicket defeat at Headingley - their heaviest one-day loss to England - the World Cup holders levelled the three-match one-day series with a convincing triumph with 34 balls remaining.
Their win, which was inspired by a brilliant 111 by captain Ricky Ponting off only 115 balls, sets up a series finale at the Oval tomorrow before both sides set their sights on the Ashes series starting at Lord?s on July 21.
?We had a really good solid work-out yesterday and we decided then that we wanted to get down and prepare as well as we could on game day,? Ponting said last night after his side arrived at Lord?s for practice at 9am yesterday.
?We thought we were a little bit rushed with that in the first few games and it was a conscious effort today and the boys responded well to that - I think we?ll be getting down there nice and early on Tuesday as well.
?I saw today?s performance coming after the way we trained yesterday and the way we worked at training, so I?m not surprised we won the game quite convincingly.
?I don?t think we?ve been preparing poorly, I just think there was a bit more spark about us over the last few days and today was probably our most complete performance of the tour.?
Ponting?s century, which included a six and 14 fours, followed man-of-the-match Brett Lee taking five for 41 to limit England to a lowly total of 223 for eight despite Andrew Flintoff?s 87.
?It was a good day all round for Australia today,? Ponting said. ?We were disappointed with the way we performed at Headingley and we addressed that before training yesterday and we identified little areas we could improve and we did that today.
?It just goes to show what we?re capable of if we?re all at it together and we all perform somewhere near our best.
?We haven?t come out today and done anything differently, we?ve just done the little things better which has been missing from our performances during the first few weeks of this tour so far.
?We executed the basics of one-day cricket very well today, a lot better than England did, and that?s what our whole game is based on.?
England captain Michael Vaughan was pleased with the way his side fought back after slipping to 45 for four with a 103-run stand between Flintoff and Paul Collingwood to reach a total they believed they could have defended.
He said: ?I?d say this is just role reversal from Headingley with a similar outcome on their behalf.
?We didn?t get off to a great start but I thought our recovery was excellent - to get to 223 showed real fighting spirit and the partnership between Freddie and Colly was crucial.
?At 223 we felt we were in the game if we got early wickets but they didn?t quite come and we allowed them to get off to a flier and if that happens with a low total it?s always going to be quite difficult.?
But Vaughan said the out-come of yesterday?s match or tomorrow?s would have little bearing when the two sides meet up again at Lord?s for the start of the Ashes series.
?History suggests that the one-dayers have no impact on the five-day format,? he added. ?You only have to look back a year ago to West Indies beating us in the oneday game and we hammered them in the Test series and they reached the final of the ICC Champions? Trophy and won it.
?That would suggest it doesn?t have any effect on the five-day form. It?s just important we continue to play well.
?A year ago I think our one-day game was written off and now we?re competing against the world champions so we?re not doing too bad.?