India defeat has made us stronger, says Ponting

Published: Saturday, November 15, 2008, 19:07 [IST]
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Ricky PontingMelbourne: Test series loss in India followed by the scathing criticism at home doubled up to make for a miserable time for Australian cricketers but skipper Ricky Ponting insisted that far from having a demoralising effect, the setback has made his team stronger.

"There are positives in losing a series. Losing can make good cricketers with character better. I'm sure that has been the case for a lot of our blokes who have come into the side recently and for some who have been there for a long time," Ponting, who himself drew flak for his "ordinary" captaincy during the 0-2 loss, wrote in a column for The Australian.

"We are not in India now. While it is important for us all to think about what happened and how we played, you cannot live in the past with cricket, we have to put things behind us and move on quickly," he added, urging the team to focus on the tasks ahead.

Ponting reiterated that the Indians played better cricket in the four-match series but asserted that the Aussies would be back to their best after having learnt from the debacle.

"We were beaten by a better side there and now it's time to change gears," he said referring to the upcoming Test series against New Zealand starting November 20.

"There were, however, a lot of good things to take out of that series and the more I think about it the more confident I am about the future," he added.


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