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ONE MORE TO THE COLLECTION: Australian captain Ricky Ponting receives the ICC ODI Championship shield from I.S. Bindra (left) in New Delhi on Sunday.
ONE MORE TO THE COLLECTION: Australian captain Ricky Ponting receives the ICC ODI Championship shield from I.S. Bindra (left) in New Delhi on Sunday.

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Ponting keen to keep No. 1 spot

NEW DELHI: Australian skipper Ricky Ponting was given the ICC ODI Championship shield at a function at the Ferozeshah Kotla here on Sunday.

Australia had lost the championship shield to South Africa last year, but it went on to win 25 of the 34 ODIs_with three no-results since April 1, 2007 to top the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship table and get the glittering memento back.

ICC Principal Adviser I.S. Bindra handed over the shield to Ponting.

Ponting said it would be a tough task to keep the ICC championship.

“Great challenge lies ahead in Test and One-day cricket... We have set some great standards over the last couple of years and the target is to maintain the standard and to remain the number one team in both forms of the game.”

“We have certain expectations, we need to play that brand of cricket. We’ll continue to challenge ourselves and test ourselves and find out how individual players can be better as can be the team.

"There is a good work ethics in the team and hope we can continue that in all series.

“It has been a great year for Australia in one day cricket. Lot of great individual performances and lot of great team performances along the way. This is certainly what the Australian team strives to achieve,” Ponting said.

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