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Ponting's focus solely on World Cup

By Will Swanton 11/02/2003 06:24:26 AM Comments (0)

Ricky Ponting is resisting the temptation to think about the Test captaincy as Australia attempts to retain the World Cup.

Australia plays its first Cup match against Pakistan at the Wanderers with question marks surrounding the makeup of the final XI but no concerns about Ponting's leadership.

He has racked up 19 wins from 26 games since taking over from Waugh last year in a move from Australia's selectors that initially left him stunned.

"It was a big shock to me when I got the captaincy," he said.

"I never put too much pressure on myself, it was something that I was just going to make the most of and enjoy as much as I can.

"I've learned a little bit along the way, I've improved a little bit as well. The side is responding now they understand my style as well.

"It's always been a dream to do it. I'm a lot busier off the field than I expected, it's been tougher probably off the field than on."

Australia will be without batsmen Michael Bevan (injury) and Darren Lehmann (suspension) with a decision on a replacement for Bevan to come in the morning.

Reserve batsmen Jimmy Maher was already in the XI for Lehmann when Bevan was forced out with his groin problem, meaning allrounders Andrew Symonds or Ian Harvey or fast bowler Andy Bichel will get a game.

Ponting allowed himself to think about the possibility of becoming Test captain during the saga about Waugh's sacking or retirement during the Ashes series.

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