Ponting wary of India as Aussies take off

Published: Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 11:40 [IST]
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Ponting wary of India

Sydney: Despite India's recent Champions Trophy debacle, Australian captain Ricky Ponting feels that the hosts cannot be taken lightly as No.2 ranked One-day outfit will be a vastly different team on home soil.

Team Australia lead by Ponting left for Sydney on Monday ahead of their seven match ODI series against India beginning on October 25.

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Known for his mental disintegration tactics, Ponting sounded a bit of wary and took a cautious approach.

"They will be particularly hard to beat in India, they always are. They definitely play a lot better at home than they do when they travel," Ponting told reporters before the Aussies boarded their flight to India yesterday.

Dhoni's men were knocked out of Champions Trophy in the group stage itself, where as Aussies are high on confidence after clinching their second successive Champions Trophy.

But Ponting said injuries to regular vice-captain Michael Clarke and batsman Callum Ferguson has disturbed the balance of the side and selection would be a major headache during the tour.

While Ferguson is out for a year with a knee injury, Clarke is battling a back problem but may join the squad in the later in the series.

"The selectors and myself are going to have a bit of thinking to do over the next few days as to what we do with the batting line-up," Ponting said.

To their relief Shaun Marsh is back in the team after recovering from a hamstring injury that has kept him out since April but it would be quite a task for him to strike form immediately and knock off in-form Tim Paine from the opening slot.

"Paine coming in has had a fair bit of success at the top of the order and given himself every opportunity to remain there," Ponting said.

"You go back six or seven months, then Shaun was one of the up-and-coming batsmen in our Australian team and someone who has got a very good record at the top of the order for us, so weve got some tough decisions to make there."

"But whichever way we go there we know weve got very good depth in our batting with someone like Shaun coming back in, so hopefully we get it right on the morning of the first game," he added.

Asked about the surprise selection of rookie spinner Jon Holland, who is currently in India playing in the Champions League Twenty20, Ponting said he has seen him for only 20 minutes in the nets.

"I've seen 20 minutes of him bowling in the nets leading up to the Boxing Day Test last year, thats as much as Ive seen of Jon," Ponting said.

"He gets good raps from all the other Victorian guys ... everyone believes hes got a good future. Its great to have a young cricketer around the group, especially a young spinner making a tour of India," Ponting added.

The 22-year-old is part of the Victoria Bushrangers squad and Ponting hoped that the youngster would come good when presented with an opportunity.


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