Inglis is Australia's Four Nations key
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Greg Inglis shapes as the key player in Australia's quest to regain their Four Nations crown.
Inglis returned to his devastating best in his man-of-the-match effort in Australia's 26-6 win over New Zealand in Perth on Saturday.
The performance came after a very limited preparation. The South Sydney star arrived in Perth late due to the birth of his daughter Quinn Sybella and only had the captain's run to acquaint himself with his new left wing partner Valentine Holmes.
But between them Inglis and Holmes combined for three tries.
And all of the Kangaroos' five tries in the convincing win came on Australia's left side.
Benefiting from some rest and relaxation after the Rabbitohs failed to make the finals, the Queensland star has also discovered how to better manage his troublesome left knee, which he has admitted he'll have to deal with for the rest of his career.
But it is Inglis' clear head which is his greatest ally. His life is settled off the field and after he re-signed with Souths until the end of 2020 two weeks ago his future is settled on it too.
"With the PM's XIII match I have had two games in six weeks and I am feeling really good," Inglis told AAP.
"It is so much about your mindset and how you are approaching these games. I am really focused on that and feeling confident about it too.
"The big thing now is going over to the UK with the different environment and the different conditions and the challenges that come with that.
"To not let some of the things distract you that can and just get on with it.
"You have to really watch how you prepare for each game a tournament like this."
Australia fly out of Perth bound for Manchester on Thursday on track to regain the Four Nations title they lost to New Zealand in 2014.
The Kangaroos open their campaign against Scotland in Huddersfield on October 28. They meet the Kiwis in Coventry on November 4 before clashing with England at London's Olympic Stadium on November 13.
The tournament final is at Liverpool's famous Anfield on November 20.
The Kangaroos look to be building well under new coach Mal Meninga.
The former Australia skipper has presided over two wins from as many attempts after the Kangaroos also comprehensively outplayed the Kiwis in Newcastle in May.
With the monstrous Kangaroos, Kiwis and England packs possibly cancelling each other out, it is in the backs where Australia look to have an advantage, especially at left centre where the Rabbitohs fullback has been so destructive for Queensland in State of Origin.
"What we have done so far under Mal is a great stepping stone to move forward," Inglis said.
"It is a great base. We have got an understanding of what we want to do and who we want to be but we know we need to get better.
"Mal is really passionate and really knows what he wants and he has passed that onto the players.
"He hasn't been afraid to bring some new players into the squad. They have all really deserved their spot and brought some energy and excitement to the team and that has been great for us older fellas."