Australian skipper Ricky Ponting feels the seven ODIs against India are a case of one too many and the series should have been a best-of-five affair to keep the players motivated.

“It (seven-match ODI bilateral series) is probably too many. Five is enough head-to-head in any one series. We all know the reasons we are playing these seven-game series,” the Australian captain said, hinting that money made by the cricket boards was the sole criteria for having such a long series.

Australia played a best-of-seven contest against England in August-September and would be competing in the lengthy ODI rubber against India from October 25.

Ponting said long-drawn-out contests result in inconsequential matches and players lose focus once the result becomes clear.

“When we play a seven-match series against one side in a matter of a couple of weeks it’s really hard to focus, especially if the series is over (result decided in one teams favour), to maintain focus throughout, especially if there’s another big series coming up,” he explained.

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