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Aussies will be "uncompromising and fair": Ponting

Captain Ricky Ponting insists that his team would continue to play "uncompromising" cricket but ensure that they played the game in the right spirit during the tri-series.

cricket Updated: Jan 31, 2008 15:15 IST

Captain Ricky Ponting today said Australia would continue to play "uncompromising" cricket against India but would ensure that his team played the game in the right spirit during the tri-series.

"As it happens in most international sport, chit-chat between the players (is justifiable). Both teams have realised that there is a line in the sand," Ponting told reporters.

"I've had a word with players before the Perth Test about the little things we needed to address in our cricket. We have proved that we are very serious about the spirit of the game.

"We tend to play uncompromising and fair, that's the way we Australians play cricket. We take as much as we give," he said.

Ponting hoped the fans would not boo the Indians in the backdrop of the racism row involving Harbhajan Singh.

"I hope the fans in the stands don't do (the behaviour) which we wouldn't like to face elsewhere on a cricket field. It's really important for game that they enjoy the contest," he said.

Ponting also vowed to settle scores with India in the shortest version of the game, which they have never been able to win against the 'Men in Blue'.

"India has held the upperhand and they are a very good outfit but we have some scores to settle," he said.

But Ponting wanted to assure fans across the country that his side was really looking forward to putting it across the Indians tomorrow.

"We approached the Twenty20 game during the 2005 Ashes tour as if it was a warm-up game. But England came in as if they were primed to set an example for the summer. They caught us off guard. I can promise fans tomorrow it wouldn't be the case.

"We would try flat out to win as well as possibly we can," he said.

Unlike Indians, Australians attended the hearing in casual clothings.

"We were there to give evidence, I didn't know we had to wear suits," snapped back Ponting.

"I hope we can move forward from this issue. It's kept my mind occupied for four weeks, as well as the one of my team, when we wanted our entire focus on cricket," he said.