Ponting looks forward to play T20 champs

Australian captain Ricky Ponting on Friday said his team was not looking at Saturday's one-off Twenty20 match as a chance for revenge against India.

updated: October 22, 2007 18:15 IST
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Australian captain Ricky Ponting on Friday said his team was not looking at Saturday's one-off Twenty20 cricket match as a chance for revenge against India for their loss in the World Championships in South Africa.

"There's nothing about trying to get even. We are looking forward to playing against the Indian team, which won this format of the World Championship a few weeks ago. This match has been talked about even more than the (seven-match) ODI series," Ponting said on the eve of the Twenty20 International at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.

"We were pretty disappointed about losing the last ODI from a winning position. We lost to the Indians in the T20 World Championship. But you win some and lose some. What's important is enjoying the game. It's an enjoyable format," said the Tasmanian batsman.

Australia were knocked out by the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side in the semi finals of the T20 event at Durban and went on to clinch the inaugural world crown in the shortest format of the international game.

Ponting also said some of the Australian cricketers were down with sore throats, including left-arm wrist spinner Brad Hogg, who was a key member of the ODI squad that defeated the hosts 4-2 in the series that ended on October 17.

"We will have to take a call on Brad Hogg later this evening. He has a sore throat," said the Aussie skipper who expected in-form opener Matthew Hayden to return to action after missing the last two ODIs because of a hip injury.

Ponting said the wicket looked good and the ground beautiful, but he had noticed the track here offered some spin when they played in the ICC Champions Trophy and won it by beating West Indies in the final in October-November, 2006.

"During the Champions Trophy we saw the wickets do spin a bit. We won that through our fast bowlers and have the bowlers who can adjust well to the conditions," he said.

Ponting, however, did not think that winning the Champions Trophy at this venue 11 months ago would have provided the Aussies with more inspiration as playing against the World Twenty20 champions in itself was enough of an inspiration to do well.

"Playing the World Champions in this format is enough of an inspiration. I hope it will be an interesting game on Saturday, an exciting game and we want to put up a good show and execute our skills well," he said.

Ponting said the T20 format did give some time for the batsmen to settle down once they are at the crease, but not much.

"You do get some time to get adjusted to the conditions, but not much. It is a lot more intense event and that's the way we prepare for it," he said but was not sure whether it was easier to adapt to this from the 50-over format or vice versa.

Ponting accepted the place for improvement in any format of the game.