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Irked Punter breathes fire

Winning the series opener could not dilute Ricky Ponting's anger and the Australian captain is absolutely furious, claiming that the Champions League Twenty20 hindered his team's preparation for the ongoing ODI series against India.

cricket Updated: Oct 26, 2009 23:28 IST

Winning the series opener could not dilute Ricky Ponting's anger and the Australian captain is absolutely furious, claiming that the Champions League Twenty20 hindered his team's preparation for the ongoing ODI series against India.

Three players of the Australian squad -- Brett Lee, Nathan Hauritz and Doug Bollinger -- joined the team in Vadodara on the night before the match, after guiding New South Wales Blues to the Champions League Twenty20 title in Hyderabad on Friday.

The NSW trio missed four training sessions and the pre-match team meeting as well.

While all three arrived fatigued, Lee had this additional complaint of a sore elbow, which eventually kept him out of action towards the end of Sunday's ODI and made him doubtful for the second match in Nagpur.

“There's no doubt those guys playing in the (Champions League) final hindered our preparation,” Ponting said.

“We had three players fly in and get to the hotel at 8.30 pm on Saturday night and we're leaving the hotel at 7am on match morning. There was not much time for us to get our team tactics in order.”

“We had a team meeting after training and those blokes were not even here,” Ponting was quoted as saying by the Australian Associated Press (AAP).

“It hindered our preparation and theirs,” he added.

Australia still managed to scrape through to a hard-earned four-run win and Ponting said having all players around is now a big relief for him.

“Now that we have our whole group together we will be able to talk tactics through and see how we go from there,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ponting admitted that his team takes powerplays seriously. “We got to get it right as it can cost you a game as you saw it on Sunday. We have been guilty of it in the last few games that we have played.”

“When we take our powerplay, we have generally lost a wicket in the first over. We lost one (Cameron White) to the second ball of our PP on Sunday. India lost one on the first ball. If you lose wickets in a powerplay, it slows you down and makes it almost irrelevant,” he said.

Ponting also wondered why batsmen do not play orthodox shots during powerplays but just throw their bat at each and everything.