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Oz get thumbs up from ex-coach

Ricky Ponting may not be having the best of times at the moment, but there is one man who thinks he can still turn things around. Atreyo Mukhopadhyay reports.

cricket Updated: Mar 24, 2011 02:11 IST
Atreyo Mukhopadhyay

Ricky Ponting may not be having the best of times at the moment, but there is one man who thinks he can still turn things around. In a chat with HT from Brisbane on Wednesday, John Buchanan, who coached the victorious Australian teams of 2003 and 2007, said the skipper of those triumphs has reason to be optimistic.

"I guess Ricky has said that he believes in what he is doing. He generally follows his personal point of view rather than being swayed by external beliefs. From whatever I have seen of him in this World Cup, I didn't find any technical deficiency.

"He has got starts and just been unable to convert them into big ones. It's just a matter of having one good game," said Buchanan, who has observed Ponting from close quarters.

Massive Game
Talking about the match, Buchanan said it's going to be one of the biggest games for Australia. "In India against India in such a game, it's the biggest challenge they could have come across. They may not have had as good a World Cup as they would have liked, but the important thing is they are in the quarter-finals. It comes down to one match at a time here on."

He supported Australia's ploy of relying on pace than strengthening the spin department. "It looks like a well thought strategy. Pace has worked for them in the past and they still believe it's their best option. So whether it's right and wrong is irrelevant. The bottom line is they have chosen to stick to it."

On how they should answer the questions to be asked by the Indian spinners, Buchanan said Australia have a plan in place. "The reason they are having Shane Watson and Brad Haddin as openers is to make most of the powerplay periods early on. When spin comes into play in the middle overs, they have the rest to deal with it."