Jedinak always thought he would return

Jedinak admits that maybe he tried a bit too hard in his first game back from injury but once the team settled down everything was fine.

"It is a little bit of that," he told reporters.

"I was working my way into the game, of course. It's part and parcel of the game: if you try and force the issue, you're going to make mistakes.

"What was more important was the way we reacted, even under a little bit of pressure in that first-half," he said.

"We took that up a notch in the second half and some individual brilliance from Timmy (won it).

"But overall, the team performance was very, very disciplined – something I think we've been crying out for," he added.

After missing two of Australia’s pool games due to an ankle injury, Jedinak said he was always confident of returning from injury in the latter stages of the event.

"I've been working around the clock to get this right and it's a full credit to all the medical staff, pushing me, and me pushing them," he said.

"We've been in each other's hair the whole time.

"It's a real team effort.

"The boys have stepped up to the plate and I'm really grateful for that, for giving me another opportunity to get out there," he added.

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