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Let's talk: Kumble to Ponting

Skipper Anil Kumble will speak to Ricky Ponting to ease the tension between the two sides after an acrimonious week of charges.

cricket Updated: Jan 10, 2008 10:05 IST

Skipper Anil Kumble will speak to his Australian counterpart Ricky Ponting to ease the tension between the two sides after an acrimonious week of charges and counter-charges.

"It's important that Ricky and I get together and speak," Kumble told reporters here.

"We are equal partners in ensuring that cricket is played in the right spirit, and I'm sure moving forward everybody can stick to that," he added.

Ponting, on his part, said he would do all he can to make sure that his "guys are remembered as being good people as well as great cricketers."

Kumble, who was a dejected man after a string of umpiring howlers led to his side's 122-run defeat in the second Test, said the visitors have put the bitterness behind and were ready to move on.

"On behalf of my team, I can assure we will play it in the right spirit," he said.

Meanwhile, Ponting, stung by the widespread criticism of his world champion team's alleged lack of sportsmanship, said he was willing to "address" issues which may have caused offence.

"I don't think anyone wants the way Australia plays cricket to change. Everyone likes to see a tough, uncompromising brand of cricket.

"But if there are areas in our game to improve, then obviously we need to address that," he said.