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Australia have final run before Zimbabwe

By Greg Buckle 06/03/2007 05:43:54 AM Comments (0)

World champions Australia have had their final training run at St Vincent before their first World Cup warm-up game against Zimbabwe on Tuesday (Wednesday AEDT) at the Arnos Vale ground.

Captain Ricky Ponting says his side will treat the match against the Africans as a proper one-day international.

"It's a game. We're not going to treat it as practice. It's a fully-blown game," he said after a 90-minute session on the centre-wicket nets at Stubbs Playing Field.

"We'll get out of it whatever we can.

"It's a proper one-day international as far as we are concerned. Guys won't be out there having a net session or taking it easy with the ball or anything like that.

"We see it as a game that we have a chance to go out and win."

Opening bat and wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist is due to arrive on Tuesday after paternal leave back home in Perth while injured batsmen Andrew Symonds (bicep surgery) and Matthew Hayden (broken toe) have resumed light training but will not play for several weeks.

With Gilchrist and Hayden not playing on Tuesday, all-rounder Shane Watson and back-up keeper Brad Haddin will open the batting against Zimbabwe.

Ponting says all 12 available players will be anxious to put some early form on the board with a second practice match against England coming up on Friday.

Australia's Group A matches are against Scotland (March 14), the Netherlands (March 18) and the No.1-ranked South Africa (March 24), all on the island of St Kitts.

Fiery fast bowler Shaun Tait has already shown his intention to claim the strike-bowling role in the absence of the injured Brett Lee, hitting Ponting on the hand on Sunday in a lively training session at the Stubbs Playing Field in St Vincent.

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