Sydney performance my best till date : Bracken

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Melbourne, Feb 9 (UNI) Nathan Bracken's heroics at the SCG, which inflicted an embarassing loss of 128 runs on Sri Lanka, were described as the best bowling performance for his country by the left-arm pacer.

Bracken claimed career-best figures of five for 47 against Sri Lanka yesterday including the prized scalp of Kumara Sangakkara who for once, was threatning to take the game away from Australia.

The 30-year-old pacer added that his experience with New South Wales (NSW) helped him to perform better in Sydney.

''NSW had their last couple of games here and it's given me an opportunity to have a look at the wickets and see how they've been playing,'' he said.

''I enjoy bowling on wickets like those. It gives you the opportunity to swing the ball early then change up the pace and try to get a little turn out of it in the end.'' He used his slower deliveries to good effect and got the ball to swing early in the innings to remove opener Upul Tharanga for ten.

Captain Ricky Ponting was all praise for the 30-year-old and said the two-paced pitch of SCG was well exploited by his pace battery.

''The wicket wasn't easy to bat on, it was two-paced and bouncing a bit more than expected so our total was always going to be competitive,'' he said.

''I knew that Nathan would do a good job during the middle of the innings, which is why he only bowled three at the top.

''Mitchell Johnson bowled as well as he's bowled for Australia, Michael Clarke controlled our batting innings, Gilly played differently but according to the conditions. We summed things up really well tonight and adapted to a slow surface,'' he added.

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