Stopping Aussies needs smart tactics

Published on Sep 04, 2004 02:06 AM IST

Until opponents can first force the Australian team to alter their ultra-aggressive approach Ponting's side will continue to dominate in the shortened game, writes Ian Chappell.

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PTI | ByIan Chappell

Under Ricky Ponting's captaincy no opposition has been able to even disrupt let alone the change the Australian One Day team's style of play. Consequently they will start as warm favourites to win more silverware in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy.

Until opponents can first force the individuals and then eventually the Australian team to alter their ultra-aggressive approach Ponting's side will continue to dominate in the shortened game. The last team to force change on the Australians - and it was more in the Test arena - was New Zealand, their dangerous opponent in the opening stanza of the Champions Trophy.

However, New Zealand was able to prompt Australia's re-think only in large part thanks to the pace of Shane Bond and by attacking the then captain Steve Waugh. Without Bond, Stephen Fleming's arsenal is greatly reduced and with no one in the line-up like Waugh who will defer to short-pitched deliveries, Ponting's side is a tougher proposition to intimidate.

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