August 1, 2003

Ponting keen to atone for Windies slip-ups

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Concerned at the manner in which Australia lost the last three one-day internationals in the West Indies, Ricky Ponting has indicated that he won't take anything for granted in the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh.

"That hurt a little bit," Ponting said of the losses in the West Indies. "I was particularly disappointed with the way we played those last three games and that was one thing we addressed this morning in the team meeting.

"We made mistakes in those three games that you haven't seen this team make for a long time. We didn't respect the basics of the game and if you don't do that in one-day cricket it's going to come back and bite you every time.

"We dropped a lot of catches we didn't have batting partnerships, there were a lot of misfields, those sort of things. Looking back we felt we'd let ourselves down big time."

Ponting indicated that Bangladesh's batsmen would find the going difficult in the ODIs. Hannan Sarkar's half-centuries in both innings of the Cairns Test didn't go unnoticed, but Ponting reckoned that Sarkar would have to change his style of batting to score runs in the one-dayers.

"He played Brett Lee as well as any top-class batsman in the past couple of years. He left anything that was short and if it was fuller he drove it through the covers.

"But it won't be easy to take that into the one-dayers. He played at his own pace in the Test and left a lot of balls - in the shorter version of the game he'll have to come at us a bit more ... if our bowlers can be patient and make them come at us I think we'll get enough chances through the day."

Australia have comprehensively won all three one-day internationals between the two teams, always bowling first and never needing more than 26 overs to overhaul Bangladesh's total.