Ponting predicts 'close contest' against India

Published: Sunday, September 14, 2008, 13:04 [IST]
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PontingNew Delhi: Australia skipper Ricky Ponting is predicting a close contest in the upcoming series against India.

''Yes, we are all looking forward to it. It is obviously a great place to play cricket and Australia have really enjoyed touring India,'' Ponting told CNN-IBN.

Recovered from the wrist surgery, Ponting will lead a 15-member squad in which Australia picked the uncapped 36-year-old Bryce McGain and Jason Krejza as their frontline slow bowlers for the India tour scheduled to start from October 9.

The 33-year-old right-handed batsman also asserted that the four-match Test series will be a tough one for the visitors as the last series played between us at Australia was a close contest.

''We know that we are going to get a great contest. India are a very good cricket team and whatever we saw in Australia during last summer, it pretty much guarantees that the upcoming series is going to be a good series,'' he said.

Meanwhile, Ponting confirmed that he had recovered from the wrist surgery, and had already started practise at the nets.

''I am doing okay. I had some six weeks off for after the wrist injury and from last week I have started batting again.

So, it is coming along pretty well,'' he said.


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