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Dumped Aussies seek out hope in Ashes

cricket Updated: Jun 10, 2009 00:37 IST
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Australia crashed out of World Twenty20 at the qualifying stage on Monday but the inquest was due to end. The emphasis will switch to the Ashes series as they attempt to turn their Twenty20 failure into an advantage.

England will be looking for signs of collapsing confidence, even paranoia, following Australia's two defeats in World Twenty20. Australia's captain, Ricky Ponting, is adamant that England will be wasting their time. "Our Test cricket has been the shining light during the past few months," he said, recalling their series win in South Africa. "Our one-day form hasn't been terrific. We will have a quick chat about where our Twenty20 cricket is at tonight and then we will have to move on because we have some Test matches just around the corner.

"The Twenty20 players will be out of here pretty soon and I guess that, when they leave, then we have to focus on Test cricket because there will be nothing else to talk about.

It will be my job to make sure we get over this loss pretty quickly.

"I have never been a big one about believing in success carrying from one series to another, particularly when it is different forms of the game.

We have a vast changeover of players for the Ashes and, when they get here, it will be about rebuilding some of the good stuff that we had going on when we won in South Africa. There will be no ­better place to be in England, getting caught up in the excitement of the Ashes."