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Drawn Tests in Indian sub-continent a worry: Ponting

cricket Updated: Dec 13, 2009 17:46 IST

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Too many Test matches played in the Indian sub-continent do not produce results, which is a worry for the health of cricket's longer version, according to Australian captain Ricky Ponting.

Asked about his thoughts on the 'death of Test cricket', Ponting said, "I can understand where a lot of negative stuff might start because there's not a lot of results being achieved on the sub-continent these days.

"That is a worry for the game. But all we can do is just keep on playing good, aggressive, positive cricket and try to get results in most games we play," Ponting said.

"I actually think Test cricket is particularly strong. We are a bit lucky in we play a lot of great Test series. We have a great rivalry with South Africa now, the Ashes Tests are always great matches and Australia and India on the Test side of things in recent times have been great contests," he added.

Ponting felt the new umpire referral system has problems but said it should be given a further run.

"I sat down with umpires at the end of Adelaide Test and had a chat to them about it. I was a bit worried it might have been putting a bit more pressure on them rather than taking it off, and that's one thing we certainly don't need.

"We have to remember, right now it's still really new to all of us and we've got to give it a bit more of an extended run to see its true value," he told 'The Daily Telegraph'.