Australia have room to improve: Ponting
The world champions struggled in their last two matches, beating England by four wickets and then New Zealand by two wickets in Sydney.india Updated: Jan 25, 2007 14:24 IST
Australia captain Ricky Ponting has urged his team mates to raise their game for Friday's one-day international against England in Adelaide.
Australia are undefeated after four matches in the tri-series, but Ponting says there is still plenty of room for improvement in the side.
The world champions struggled in their last two matches, beating England by four wickets in Brisbane and then New Zealand by two wickets in Sydney.
"I think the important thing for us is not to be complacent, not to get carried away with how well we might be going," Ponting told a news conference in Adelaide on Thursday.
"Although we've been winning I think we've got a lot of areas for improvement."
Ponting said his main area of concern was with the top-order batting, of which he is a part.
Australia's bowlers dismissed their opponents cheaply in the last two games but needed a late flurry from the middle order to get them home after the top order collapsed.
"We've got a bit of work to do, to tell you the truth," Ponting said.
"The last couple of games we've played we haven't been chasing big totals and we've managed just to scrape across the line both times."
Australia have yet to finalise their team for Friday's match but Ponting hinted left-arm spinner Brad Hogg could be rushed into the side after the Adelaide pitch proved so hard for batsmen in Tuesday's match between England and New Zealand.
"Looking at the way the wicket behaved the other night, if it's going to be similar to that you'd think he's probably come into calculations for the game," he said.
"It's usually a very good batting wicket and means it's a good spectacle for the crowds but the other night was a bit difficult and hard to play your shots on."