Ponting keen to do well in the Ashes

Published: Thursday, October 14, 2010, 14:56 [IST]
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Ponting has all eyes on the Ashes

Australian captain is determined to set aside the Test series defeat against India and focus on preparation for the upcoming ashes clash against England.

Captain Ricky Ponting, Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson have all been rested from the ODI series, while Test match specialists Simon Katich, Peter George and Marcus North are also on their way home.

They will have an opportunity to rest and also re-adjust to Australian conditions before start of the Ashes series.

After the second Test match loss against India Ponting said that the Australians will work on their negatives, keeping in mind the positives and get on with their preparations for the Ashes, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

“We played very, very well for the majority of the first Test. We played pretty well for the majority of this Test match. India deserve to have won both the games but I think, even if you ask them, they'd be a bit flattered by that end result," said Ponting after a seven-wicket loss in the second Test.

“There have been some positives, some negatives, but we"ve got to move on pretty quickly now. Our next Test is at the Gabba against England at the start of the Ashes series and we have to make sure we play five good, long, tough days of Test match cricket then," he added.

The One-day series is set to commence on 17th October and it will be an uphill challenge for acting captain Michael Clarke who has had a poor run of form in the Test series

The three-match series will be held at Kochi (October 17), Vizag (October 20) and Margao, Goa (October 24).


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