Fresh after break, Ponting ready for Ashes tour with new-look team

May 23rd, 2009 - 1:39 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, May 23 (ANI): Australian skipper Ricky Ponting is excited about his new look team for the Ashes series, and is also prepared to face the challenge of the Twenty20 World Cup.

Ponting, who is fresh after a break, got back into training a couple of weeks ago and feels good too.

The break well and truly ended this week, as you can probably see from the papers, FOX Sports quoted Ponting, as saying.

“We’re off to Coolum this weekend for the players’ camp and we’ve got our first game on June 5, which is not that far away. And then we’re straight into the Ashes and the cricket doesn’t stop after that until the end of the Australian summer.

“It was good to see Mitchell Johnson and Michael Hussey get some time off and the guys who have come back recently will have also used the time well, which means they’ll go to England physically and mentally refreshed,” he said.

“With so many quicks and limited bowling places in the team it is going to be no fun at all in the nets for the batsmen, but that will be good for them too. Ashes selection is going to be exceptionally hard but that’s a good thing when you are trying to fit so many worthy players into one side,” he said.

The selectors have shown a lot of faith in the team that won in South Africa and those guys have earned their places by putting performances on the board, Ponting added.

He said that everybody is talking Ashes, but “we’ve got the World Twenty20 to play first, and hopefully win. We were terribly disappointed to lose last time.” (ANI)

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