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Ponting accepts blame for defeat

cricket Updated: Jan 27, 2009 15:23 IST

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Having lost the Test series to South Africa at home, Australia on Monday suffered further humiliation when they lost the one-day series to the Proteas as well forcing skipper Ricky Ponting to concede that he was to be blamed for the defeat.

"I'm as much to blame as anyone," Ponting said after the eight wicket defeat to South Africa that gave them a 3-1 series victory in the one-dayers.

"I've got off to good starts in every game and haven't capitalised. I don't know what it is. We're probably a little bit of experience down in our middle order but the guys coming in have played a lot of first class cricket," he was quoted as saying by 'The Australian'.

The inexperience was exposed when Australia were bowled out for 222 in 48 overs in the match at the Adelaide Oval, which they had to win to keep their hopes alive.

The Australia skipper too was guilty of throwing away his wicket when it mattered the most.

"Most of us have got 40s or 50s or 60s but as I've always said in this game and Test cricket, half centuries don't win you anything. You need guys to go on and make a big score," said Ponting whose team was left in trouble with David Warner (1) and Shaun Marsh (13) departing early with the scoreboard reading 17 for 2 in the third over.

Though the skipper played came out with a beautiful 63, his innings was cut short when he drove a ball from Makhaya Ntini straight to Neil McKenzie at cover.