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Fun in sun for Aussies in Jamaica

By Greg Buckle 11/03/2007 05:55:55 AM Comments (0)

Ricky Ponting's Australian squad will be hoping to find time for some fun in the sun in Jamaica this weekend after their five-wicket win over England in their World Cup warm-up game in St Vincent.

Australia, who kick off their bid for three successive World Cup titles with their opening Group A match against Scotland in St Kitts on Wednesday (Thursday morning AEDT), will be keen to relax with a game of golf at the famous resort of Montego Bay.

Ponting will hold a news conference on Sunday ahead of the tournament's opening ceremony and the Australians will travel to St Kitts on Monday.

While openers Shane Watson (55) and Adam Gilchrist (72) set up Australia's win on Friday with a 140-run partnership against England, the bowlers were also in tremendous form, particularly young quick Shaun Tait (4-33), spinner Brad Hogg (2-28) and seamer Stuart Clark (3-16).

The Australian camp has also been boosted by the news Gilchrist's regular opening partner Matthew Hayden is recovering well from a broken toe suffered last month in New Zealand and is on target to play against Scotland, pushing the in-form Watson down the batting order.

Australia's other injury concern, all-rounder Andrew Symonds, is looking to step up his training program in the following week to include full-scale fielding drills in an attempt to regain some touch following bicep surgery.

Symonds is hoping to play in Australia's final Group A match against South Africa on March 24.

Ponting says his bowlers were "terrific" against England, after failing to bowl out 10th-ranked Zimbabwe (7-184 chasing 291 to win) on Tuesday.

The form of spinner Hogg was vital given the likelihood spin will be a key on pitches in the Caribbean for the World Cup.

"Today right from the start you could see that he bowled a bit quicker through the air today and used his variations very well," Ponting said.

"Two of his wickets were with those wrong-uns. It was good to see him back to his lively self today. He was jumping all over the place. It was good."

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