Ponting wants more breaks for Australians

Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Brisbane: Admitting that his team might need a complete makeover after being outplayed in the Commonwealth Bank Series finals, captain Ricky Ponting said Australia might consider copying Team India's youth policy.

''They went with a youth policy and brought some of the younger players in. I said at the time I was surprised that (Sourav) Ganguly was left out but the younger players that have arrived have added some energy to their group,'' Ponting said.

''And that's what you need playing one-day cricket. What they've done probably gives us something to look at down the track.''

''It gave a bit more life to the group. Not having much of a changeover now means the guys have been playing international cricket for a long time and haven't had much of an opportunity or ability to be able to get away from the rigours of international cricket,'' he added.

More rest for key players: After a long home series against India, Australia is looking to provide rest to some of it's key players to keep them fresh for important matches and to lengthen their careers.

Apart from one or two changes, Australia played the same squad in the Test series against India as well as the one-day tournament that concluded yesterday.

Aussie captain Ricky Ponting did speak to coach Tim Nielsen and the chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch over the past few week about the overload.

Ponting missed the Twenty20 internationals and Matthew Hayden, too, could not play a couple of the games but a core batting group was employed throughout the series and it was only the bowlers who were rotated regularly that came out to be the only strength for Australia.

''Maybe there's some sort of trend with us. We dominated last year and lost both finals, maybe we have to look at giving some of our guys who have played both forms a bit more of a rest so they're fresh when the finals come around,'' he added.

The World Champion's have already failed to fill the spaces left vacant by the retirements of Glen McGrath and Shane Warne have another herculean task on hand to find replacements for Adam Gilchrist and Brad Hogg.

''With those guys going out, we bring in some newer, fresher guys,'' Ponting said.

''That's the way we evolve. I'm not sure if age ever brings you back to the pack. Skills are what bring you back to the pack.

A lot of our more senior players have still got all the skills required to be one-day players for Australia.''


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