Australian captain Ricky Ponting on Tuesday said that his team is looking forward to clash against the World No 1 Indian Test side and are eager to improve their world Test ranking.
"Of course, ranking matters in international cricket. Right now we are at fourth spot, so we will try to win maximum matches to ensure an improvement in ranking. It would be really challenging for us to take on number one team India," said Ponting, while talking to reporters in Chandigarh where they are scheduled to play against Board President's XI in a three-day practice match from September 25.
He added: "We are very confident that there would be a very competitive tournament against India. We all are very excited and would take on India as a strong group."
Ponting said that the series will be a hard-fought one and it will be a great learning experience for the youngsters in his side.
"India is a great place to learn. It would be real hard-work for fast bowlers to bowl on Indian wickets. I am actually excited about the prospects of our fast bowlers here; they are young guys, who are learning things very quickly," said Ponting.
"From the last Test series in India, we had learnt many things. India are a good side, for whom we should be very well prepared. They are coming together as a very strong group," he pointed out.
Indian middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh was axed from the Indian squad for the series to face the Aussies by the BCCI selectors. However, Ponting feels India are a very formidable side even in his absence.
"Yuvraj is a very strong player and he has been left out for the forthcoming Test match. But still India are a very formidable side. They have a very strong batting line up," said Ponting.