Australia have incentive to win World Twenty20

May 30th, 2009 - 7:09 pm ICT by IANS  

London, May 30 (IANS) Australia captain Ricky Ponting is excited about the Twenty20 World Cup as his side has a double incentive to win it. Having been the holders of the World Cup and the Champions Trophy, a victory in the shortest form of the game would give them a clean sweep of all the major one-day trophies.
“That will be our focus,” said Ponting, aware that two years ago in South Africa they began by losing to Zimbabwe before India eliminated them in the semi-finals.

Ponting still has memories of how his side were caught on the hop by England in a Twenty20 international at the Rose Bowl before the start of the 2005 Ashes series.

The victory gave England a self-belief that, even after they were heavily beaten in the opening Test at Lord’s, they had a chance to bounce back, reports the Guardian.

Australia have since started taking the Twenty20 seriously, but “Punter” Ponting reckons that anybody can win the World Cup.

“It will be an exciting tournament, but I don’t think you can take a form line out of this form of cricket,” he said.

“The game changes so quickly. I don’t think you can discount anybody.” He did not even write off England.

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