World champs in no mood to let up
Australian captain Ricky Ponting said his team would approach the game against India with the same “nothing to lose” attitude they had while taking on England in the Champions Trophy encounter here on Saturday.
“Tonight was a knock out game and it will be the same against India. I’m happy with the brand of cricket we played. We expect to display the same intensity and skills against the Indians,” Ponting said after the six-wicket win.
The win gave Australia their first points after the loss to the West Indies in the biennial event and helped them stay in contention for the trophy.
“It was a great performance. We did not have a great start (when batting) after the kind of bowling performance we had. But it was a comfortable win in the end.
“We went in with a nothing-to-lose sort of attitude and it paid off for us. It was a resounding victory.”
The Aussie captain praised Damien Martyn’s elegant knock of 78 that helped the team overcome an early stutter and cruise past the target comfortably.
“In my eyes, he has not been under any pressure. He is a vital player for us coming in at number four and he showed how good he is, how to win matches.”
Ponting said Mike Hussey, who added 118 runs with Martyn for the crucial fourth wicket, had given the team a lot of flexibility.
“Chasing a small total was perfectly suited to him and he played the way it was required of him,” he said. “He sums up the situation pretty well. With Martyn and Andrew Symonds going with him, it gives us a lot of flexibility.”
Ponting also said Australia would try to use the bouncers more often in the future to prise the opposition batsman out.
“It’s amazing how many wickets Shane Watson gets with his bouncers. I think the bouncer is under-utilised in one-day cricket. But it is not so much the bouncer itself but what delivery you follow that up with is what matters.”
Man of the match Martyn said he and his teammates had been waiting for Saturday’s match for a long time.
“We enjoyed the moment. I had a good partnership with Hussey andt was a good batting wicket,” Martyn said. ““They didn’t bowl well tonight. But it is just the way it happened.”