Bangalore Test left a bad taste in the mouth: Ponting

October 16th, 2008 - 8:18 pm ICT by IANS  

Mohali (Punjab), Oct 16 (IANS) Australian captain Ricky Ponting said Thursday that the drawn Bangalore Test against India had left a bad taste in his mouth despite his maiden century on Indian soil.Looking forward to making the most at the second Test match that begins at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium here Friday, Ponting said that his team was more focussed on the game rather than the off-field controversies.

“Our job is to focus on the game and executing skills on the ground,” Ponting said when asked about the war of words between both sides and the criticism of the Indian players by the Australian media.

Ponting said that fast bowler Peter Siddle will make his debut in place of an injured Stuart Clarke.

“Peter is up for the challenge. He is a good explorer of reverse swing. I am sure he will find his rhythm,” Ponting said.

The Australian captain said that the Mohali pitch had more bounce and pace compared to other wickets in India.

Asked about the Indian spinners not doing too well in the Bangalore Test, Ponting said: “That (lack of form) is not so. But our team has thought about it and has worked out how to play the spinners.”

“We had a good confident start (in Bangalore). One game does not decide the series,” Ponting said.

He praised the Indian fast bowlers for using the reverse swing effectively in Bangalore.

Ponting went on to add that former Indian coach Greg Chappell was of help to understand the Indian conditions.

“His influence has been terrific because he has been such a great player. He also has good knowledge about the Indian players,” Ponting said.

About Sachin Tendulkar becoming the highest run scorer in test cricket in this match, Ponting joked: “I hope he doesn’t get there in this game.”

On a more serious note, he said: “If he happens to break the record, it will be great. All my Australian team mates will go to congratulate him.”

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