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Ponting admits to form concerns

By Roger Vaughan 12/11/2006 08:15:03 PM Comments (0)

Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has admitted to some concerns about his form, a fortnight out from the start of the Ashes campaign.

One of the world's top batsmen was dismissed for 10 in Sunday's one-day loss to Victoria at the MCG.

He was caught behind down the leg side off the bowling of Andrew McDonald.

That followed two half-centuries and three failures in Australia's victorious Champion's Trophy campaign.

Ponting said his main priority in this week's Pura Cup match against the Bushrangers will be to help the Tigers maintain their unbeaten start in that competition.

But he also wants plenty of time in the middle ahead of the first Test at the Gabba from November 23.

"I'm not great, I'm probably not setting the world alight at the moment," he said.

"It would have been nice to spend a bit longer out there today and get a few runs under my belt, have something to do with the result of the game.

"The last few months haven't been my best batting - I had three low scores in the Champion's Trophy and a couple of 50s in the middle.

"Hopefully some time in the middle will come for me and hopefully that's in the next game."

He added it was important to adjust quickly to the different batting conditions in Australia after the Indian one-day tournament.

"I worked really hard on my game through India and I felt I played a couple of decent innings over there," he said.

"But (being) back in Australia, the conditions are slightly different to what we had over there, so I think it's important for all of us looking forward to the Test match to make what we can from this next game.

"It would be nice if I got some time in the middle."

Ponting thought all the members of the touring one-day team could probably benefit from some extended batting time in Australia ahead of the much-anticipated Ashes series.

Sunday's one-day game and Tuesday's Pura Cup match also represent rare state games for Ponting, who is usually unavailable because of national commitments.

"Probably we're all looking forward to a good, solid hitout," he said.

"But we'll worry about that when we need to - I'm looking forward now to be able to change things around for Tasmania (after Sunday's loss).

"If that means me spending some time in the middle and getting some runs, getting some valuable time in the middle looking ahead, then that would be great.

"But we've got a state game to win now."

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