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Ponting holds talk sesions with team mates

india Updated: Mar 11, 2007 20:29 IST

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Australian captain Ricky Ponting has conducted one-on-one meetings with his team members to know if there was crisis of confidence or confusion about their roles ahead of the World Cup.

Ponting said he wanted to bring is team back on the track after Australia suffered five successive one-day international losses -- against England and New Zealand -- in the run up to the World Cup.

"I wasn't in New Zealand but one of the first things I did when we got here was to hold one-on-one meetings with all the players," he said.

"I asked them about their roles, if they were confused about their roles within the team. The responses I got were really positive. There's just been that bit of a slip-up with sides chasing 340, 350 against us. It's just about confidence, and they're really confident they can turn it around," he was quoted as saying by 'The Age'.

Ponting said he had employed a similar tactic before the World Cup in South Africa four years ago to see if Shane Warne's positive test for a banned diuretic had affected the team.

"It's something we do from time to time. I think I did it before the last World Cup," he said.

The captain said he was sure after the meetings that Australia was capable of bouncing back for a hat-trick of World Cup titles.