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Gap between our best and worst is huge: Ponting

cricket Updated: Jan 02, 2009 21:19 IST

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As Australia Saturday head into the last Test trailing 0-2, captain Ricky Ponting admits it is a disappointing position to be in at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) that has been a happy hunting ground for the hosts.

Ponting would be looking to atone for the losses in the first two matches at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), which is special for him.

"The Sydney Cricket Ground is a special place to play cricket. It's one of my favourite grounds. I've had a lot of success there over the years and have a lot of fond memories, whether they be personal or with the team," Ponting was quoted as saying by The Australian.

Recalling the victory at the Ashes at the same venue two years ago, Ponting said: "Just looking back to the final Ashes Test in Sydney two years ago, we won 5-0 and three of the all-time greats, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Justin Langer, all retired. Sydney holds a special place in the hearts of most of the guys."

But this time he has some different feeling as before taking the field his team has already lost the series.

"Heading into the last Test against South Africa, beginning tomorrow at the SCG, with a series already lost is a feeling none of us is accustomed to. Some of the younger guys in the team were still in primary school when Australia last lost a series at home 16 years ago," he added.

Ponting said that the losses have taught the team som valuable lessons.

"Unfortunately the gap between our best cricket and our worst cricket has been far too great. That's what we all have to learn from and try to improve heading into Sydney. There were some invaluable lessons, particularly for the younger guys, about just how disciplined you have to be, how well you have to execute your plans and how long you have to execute them for."

The Australian captain feels that the absence of the players like Warne and McGrath is the main difference.

"Those teams with guys like Warne and McGrath were so relentless with the way they went about their bowling and executing their plans. They just wore other teams down. We haven't been able to do that. We haven't put enough pressure on to stop the run rate ticking over and we've put catches down at crucial times," he said.