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Australia peaking at the right time: Ponting

Ricky Ponting believes Australia are coming into form at the right time ahead of their Champions Trophy defence after his superb century saw them go 5-0 up with two to play against England.

cricket Updated: Sep 16, 2009 23:21 IST

Scorecard

England innings

Strauss lbw b Hauritz 35, Denly c Hussey b Johnson 45, Bopara c Hauritz b Watson 18, Prior st Paine b Hauritz 37, Shah c Paine b Johnson 31, Morgan c Siddle b Bracken 58, Mascarenhas c Johnson b Watson 19, Broad run out (Ponting) 22, Rashid run out (Paine) 18, Bresnan c Bracken b Siddle 4, Sidebottom not out 3;

Extras — lb1, w6, nb2 — 9).
Total (all out, 50 ovs) 299
Fall of wickets: 1-61, 2-95, 3-105, 4-165, 5-192, 6-230, 7-267, 8-272, 9-278, 10-299
Bowling: Siddle 10-1-50-1; Bracken 8-1-43-1; Johnson 10-0-80-0; Watson 10-0-60-2; Hauritz 10-0-54-2; Clarke 2-0-11-0.
Australia innings
Watson c Mascarenhas b Bresnan 36, Paine c Rashid b Bresnan 16, Ponting c Shah b Broad 126, Clarke c Shah b Rashid 52, Hussey c Sidebottom b Mascarenhas 6, Ferguson lbw b Broad 17, White not out 24, Johnson not out 18;
Extras --- b1, w6 --- 7).
Total (6 wkts, 48.2 ovs) 302
Fall of wickets: 1-45, 2-76, 3-209, 4-226, 5-255, 6-261
Bowling: Broad 9-0-57-2; Sidebottom 9.2-0-43-0; Bresnan 10-0-76-2; Mascarenhas 10-0-49-1; Rashid 7-0-55-1; Bopara 3-0-21-0.

Ricky Ponting believes Australia are coming into form at the right time ahead of their Champions Trophy defence after his superb century saw them go 5-0 up with two to play against England. This win took Australia to the second spot in the ICC ODI rankings, with India falling to third.

Ponting's commanding 126 at Trent Bridge helped Australia chase down a target of 300 as they finished on 302 for six with 10 balls to spare in a four-wicket, day/night, one-day international win.

It was only the 34-year-old's second match back since taking a break the Ashes defeat last month and afterwards Ponting was delighted by the way the world champions had refused to let up after making sure of a series win with a seven-wicket success at Lord's on Saturday.

“We're playing some good cricket at the moment,” he told reporters after sharing a third-wicket stand of 133 with vice-captain Michael Clarke.

“I think we can improve on today with the ball and in the field. The batting was pretty good,” Ponting added ahead of the Champions Trophy, which starts next week in South Africa with Australia's first match against the West Indies in Johannesburg on September 26.

“I stressed to the guys yesterday (Monday) morning about the importance of these remaining three games with the Champions Trophy just around the corner, and with the application and the way we went about it today (Tuesday) shows that the guys are up to finishing this series well.”