V.V. Subrahmanyam

I was definitely not surprised by the Indians’ aggression

HYDERABAD: Australian captain Ricky Ponting feels that the aggression of his cricketers doesn’t merely confine itself to war of words but also extends to playing positive cricket. This was the reaction when he was asked to comment on the subject during his pre-match media briefing ahead of the third one-dayer.

“We try to stay positive come what may,” said Ponting. And, he added that despite taking a 1-0 lead in the seven-match series, the Australians would begin from scratch on Friday. “We look to the future and address the task on hand. We don’t think of what has happened in the past,” he asserted.

“I was definitely not surprised by the Indians’ aggression. We are in fact getting used to it over the last one week. There is lot of body language now from the Indians,” the Aussie captain said with a smile.

Fitness level

On his own fitness level after missing the first two one-dayers, Ponting said: “Hopefully, I should be fit. I had a long session yesterday and will decide about playing after consulting my coach and teammates after another nets session.

“We got a very strong foothold to start with after the win in Kochi. It is important to sustain the momentum in such a series. We cannot take things for granted. Every game is crucial,” Ponting said. “I don’t think the toss would play a major role. I have to get some inputs about the pitch from the locals. It should assist the fast bowlers in the morning session,” was his observation.

The Australian captain was also delighted to have left-arm fast bowler Nathan Bracken in the side who re-joined the team after spending time with his family after being blessed with a baby. “It is a terrific feeling to have Bracken in the squad. There are no injury worries. All are fit,” he said.

Adjusting to wickets

For his part, Bracken, who also addressed the media along with Ponting, said that he was in the process of adjusting to the wickets here. “I should get used to these big crowds, heat and humidity. This is what international cricket is about,” he said. Asked to pick any one dangerman from Indian side, Bracken quipped that from No.1 to 10 all are equally dangerous.

Ponting also dismissed the notion that this 50-over matches one-day series coming so close to the World Twenty20 would impact the performances. “At this level, we have to keep adjusting from one format to another. I am really pleased with the way we fought back from early setbacks in the first two matches. It shows that there is a lot of resilience in the team,” he said.

Later in the evening, Ponting had another extended session and seemed to be quite relaxed, giving the impression that he was gearing up for the match on Friday.

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