Aussie skipper Ponting wary of Indian backlash

Published: Saturday, February 2, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Brisbane: Australian skipper Ponting dismissed the notion that India would still be reeling from their sizeable loss in the Twenty20 International going into the inaugural match of the Commonwealth Bank tri-series at Gabba on Sunday.

"India has always proven to us that they are a side capable of bouncing back very quickly."

Ponting admitted he wasn't quite sure what India's final team would look like, but said the BCCI had laid its cards on the table by selecting a youthful squad.

"I'm a bit surprised not to see Ganguly in their line-up, I thought he looked pretty good in (the one-day series in) India ... but the younger players are very capable."

Meanwhile rookie all-rounders Ashley Noffke and Adam Voges have been drafted into Australia's squad for their opener against India.

While Ricky Ponting, recovering from a back injury, rated himself as a likely starter for the clash, doubts over Matthew Hayden's hamstring along with the fact Stuart Clark has remained in Sydney due to family reasons meant Queensland seamer Noffke and Western Australian big-hitting batsman Voges were included in the squad.

"Voges is on standby if either Matty (Hayden) or I don't come up for the game, we'll have to wait until 'morrow morning (to make a final decision)," Ponting said at the launch of the Commonwealth Bank Series on Saturday afternoon.

Ponting praised the domestic form of both Noffke and Voges and said they were ready to step up after performing well in the Twenty20 International against India on Friday night.

"Noffers has been around the set-up before ... and has had to work really hard to get himself back to where he is, his form this year has been unbelievable," he said.

"Voges is the same, he's played a handful of games here and there, I guess because of the strength of our batting he hasn't been able to nail a spot, but his opportunities will come and he's a terrific young bloke with a good head on his shoulders."

Vice-captain Gilchrist will lead Australia if the regular skipper Ponting fails to clear fitness test.


India:  Gautam Gambhir, Tendulkar, Sehwag, Dinesh Karthik, Raina, Yuvraj, Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt, wk), Robin Uthappa, Chawla, Irfan Pathan, Praveen Kumar, Harbhajan Singh, Sreesanth, Ishant Sharma.

Australia: Ricky Ponting (capt), Adam Gilchrist (vice-capt, w-k), Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Andrew Symonds, Mike Hussey, James Hopes, Adam Voges, Ashley Noffke, Brett Lee, Brad Hogg, Nathan Bracken and Stuart Clark.


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