`Punter’s’ Aussies want to pour salt into India’s gaping wounds

November 14th, 2007 - 2:20 am ICT by admin  
With a series-winning 4-1 lead, Ponting said the Australians would not be making too many changes to their squad for the final clash.

“I don’t think there will be many changes, if we make any changes there might only be a change, we feel that we have built some really good momentum in this series,” news.com.au quoted Ponting, as saying.

Ponting said the decision not to rest players hadn’t spelt the death of the controversial rotation policy.

“It doesn’t mean an end to it, it won’t in Australia either,” he said.

“I think it is slightly different now because guys have come off such a long break and guys are still physically very good and very sound.”

Matthew Hayden is a 50-50 chance of returning after injuring his hip mid-innings last Thursday in Vadodara.

The Indian team is infamous for being lions at home and lambs away, although that has changed somewhat recently following their Test series win in England and the Twenty20 world championship triumph in South Africa the past two months.

There has been a move to make the Indian side more competitive overseas by bringing their pitches a little closer to those around the rest of the world.

Ponting said his players had learnt to better cope with the more challenging aspects of touring India.

“The culture and the way that people are around you, if you let that get down over here and get to you, you won’t play well,” he said.

“Every time I address the team before coming over here I just talk about embracing the culture and accepting Indian people for the way they are and trying to do things with a smile on your face. (ANI)

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