Imperative to build on ODI success: Ponting

While the 6-1 thrashing of England in the ODIs has given Australia a much-needed head of steam in their defence of the Champions Trophy, you can be sure it would not have eased the pain of conceding the Ashes.

For now, though, thoughts are trained firmly on the 50-over game, and Australia have little time to acclimatize, who start their campaign against the West Indies on Saturday while England begin sooner, playing Sri Lanka on Friday.

"This is certainly not just another tournament for us," said Ricky Ponting, who led his team to victory in the 2006 Champions Trophy in India.

"This is the second biggest tournament you can play as a group and country. A lot of the guys have been on the road for a long time but we've managed to keep ourselves in pretty good shape physically and technically.

"The mood in the camp for the last few months has been good. We didn't get across the line in the Ashes, though we gave it our best. The level of cricket through the last few one-dayers was particularly good, so it's a matter of building on that," he said.

Andrew Strauss did not want to dwell on the recent drubbing, and tried to take heart from the change of venue.

"We can put behind us the back end of the English summer and start looking forward. There is something quite intoxicating about world events. It's not difficult to be energised by that.

“It's not a long tournament, a bit of a sprint, and quite exciting to know that if you play well in three games, you're in the semifinal," he said.


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