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Pressure on Ganguly, says Ponting

Published: Wednesday, November 12, 2003, 2:41 [IST]
 
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Bangalore : Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly might be under pressure in Wednesday's match against Australia in the TVS Cup tri-series as he is coming to the team after a while but not the visiting side, Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting said on Tuesday. "No pressure on us. There might be some amount of pressure on him as he has not played cricket for quite a while", Ponting said when asked if Australia are under additional pressure because of Ganguly's return to the side.

He said Mathew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist who were rested in the Guwahati tie against New Zealand, are set to return to the squad for Wednesday's day-night match against India to be played in Bangalore. Responding to a question, he said Rahul Dravid is a good player and "hard to stop", adding, the Aussies have a general plan to get him out early. "He (Dravid) scored runs quickly from the word go in Mumbai. We will try to put him under pressure", he said.

Australia does not have any injury worries, Ponting said. Asked if it's difficult for him to motivate the players of a side, which has already qualified for the final, he said: "It's not hard, that's the great thing about this team".

Queried if he was surprised by the good performance of the bowlers, Australia had come to India without its key bowlers, Ponting said: "It did not surprise me. They have done a good job for us". The fact that India have won all the three one-day games played between the two sides, is not bothering Australia. "That's not a big factor. How we play tomorrow matters, not how we played two years ago".

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