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Ideally the series should have been best-of-five: Ponting

Australian captain Ricky Ponting said the India-Australia One-day series should ideally be best of five and not seven. Ponting said that a five-match ODI series would have kept the players motivated.

cricket Updated: Oct 21, 2009 22:06 IST

Australian captain Ricky Ponting on Wednesday said the India-Australia One-day series should ideally be best of five and not seven.

Ponting said that a five-match ODI series would have kept the players motivated.

"It's probably too many, five matches are enough in any series. We know the reasons why seven matches are being played," said Ponting, making it obvious that the commercial considerations force teams to play more ODIs.

"If you play seven matches against any side in a couple of weeks, it is difficult to focus, specially when the series is decided. In this case it is almost back-to-back seven-match series with Champions Trophy in between," Ponting said on Wednesday.

The Australian team beat England 6-1 and then played the Champions Trophy, which they won, before coming in Mumbai.

Ponting, before leaving Sydney Tuesday, said that there should be some kind of point system to inject some interest in a dead ODI series. He was talking about the series in England where Australia had taken an unassailable 4-0 lead, making the remaining matches a drag and forcing them to rotate the players.