India v Australia, 2nd quarter-final, World Cup 2011, Ahmedabad March 24, 2011

We were 20 runs short - Ponting

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Ricky Ponting arrived in India in early February, confident that his team could win a fourth consecutive World Cup. Less than a week ago, Australia remained the only undefeated team in the tournament, and his hopes remained high. He will fly home a bitterly disappointed man, after Australia were knocked out in the quarter-finals by India in Ahmedabad.

"I'm devastated," Ponting said after the five-wicket defeat. "We came here with high expectations; we had a well organised group that had come off a good series of one-day cricket against England. We found it difficult at times getting a bit of momentum and continuity with the way our programme was set out, but that was no excuse.

"We had plenty of time to train and we got to a stage where we thought we could win a game today [Thursday]. We weren't far off, but just little critical moments are what cost us the game. We didn't have enough high-quality partnerships and not enough pressure with the ball. It only takes a couple of those little moments for things to change."

Ponting certainly did his part with a captain's hundred, but wickets kept falling throughout the Australian innings. There were only two half-century stands in the innings, between Ponting and Brad Haddin and later Ponting and David Hussey, and the visitors never quite got on top of the Indian attack. R Ashwin opened the bowling and immediately found some sharp spin, and the Australians knew they were in for a tough day.

"I thought we were 15 or 20 runs short with the bat," Ponting said. "After we saw the first over Ashwin bowled and how much it spun, we said to ourselves than 250 or 260 looked like it would be a good total out there. As it turned out, we got that, but we probably could have got more. We couldn't get a partnership going, we'd lose a wicket at a really bad time; we probably were one or two wickets too many down to be able to accelerate when we wanted to at about the 35-over mark.

"They played well as a team today. You've just got to look through their batting card. [Gautam] Gambhir, [Sachin] Tendulkar, Yuvraj [Singh] all got fifties, and got them at a reasonable rate. Their bowling was steady. Zaheer [Khan] was good again today, especially right at the end of the innings in the Powerplay overs. I thought we played their spin pretty well today. It was a good combined effort by the Indian team and I think they're going to be pretty hard to beat as this tournament wears on."

India head to Mohali to take on Pakistan in a semi-final, a match that Ponting believes the hosts will win, while the Australians will fly home. They will spend some time with their families before returning to the subcontinent in early April for their three-match one-day series against Bangladesh.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on March 25, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    India might need Sreesanth's nippy pace in the fast and bouncy Mohali.So better trash Munaf

  • Mevan on March 25, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    Australia with 12 wides and 2 no balls gave 14 runs to India, not to mention the extra 2.5 overs. If these were not given, Ponting would not have needed 20 "extra " runs. Tait was the chief culprit and his bowling was really bad.

  • Biso on March 25, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    Ponting played a very different innings. The application he showed was something he should have shown lot earlier in this phase of his career. Although lucky to escape getting out lBW to Harbhajan as India had consumed all their reviews, nevertheless it was an innings of great class.About the performance of the Aussie side- The bottom line is that Aussie bowling was not good enough. The so called fast men were totally in-effective against the classy batting of the Indians. As for their spinners, it was a sad sight to see lack of an international class spinner in the side. This Australian side will have awful problems in test matches against teams like SA, Sri-lanka and India.It is not surprising that they lost the Ashes. Even though they won the ODI series against the English, the shortcomings are definitely glaring.The Aussie era had ended long back. Indians had already exposed the chinks in their Armour in their last few series against them , both at home and in Australia.

  • Hermandw on March 25, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    Although Ponting batted well, none of his teammates really scored, and in bowling and fielding Aus was under pressure the whole time, making critical mistakes. Yes India did well, give them their due, but Aus choked under the pressure. Now they know what it feels like to choke in a critical match.

  • dcrowle on March 25, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    I blame Cameron White. SHouldn't be playing. Can't bat, can't bowl.

  • on March 25, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    The only change India need now is remove Munaf Patel from the team. break his leg atleast, so that we can call Praveen Kumar Back (if he is recovered) . Or else Give Sreesanth a chance. Against Pakistan he will be handy....

  • archmparkar on March 25, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    Australia still will be ateam to remember winning 4 world cups is not eating a piece of cake thats too away 1987-India, 1999-England, 2003-SAfrica 2007-WIndies...n same goes for ponting 2 wc as captain..Great Player as well...If India dosent win the wc at home it will haunt them...

  • LALITHKURUWITA on March 25, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    Bowlers let Aussies down. As I commented before, only Lee is the only good fast bowler. Both Tait & Johnson are expensive and bowled too many wides & noballs. Aussies should have brought 3 best spinners like other teams, a leggie, offie and left armer for sub continent instead Tait & Johnson.

  • bluntnortherner on March 25, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    I saw that match on tv . It was too hot for Oz. Why do they not start at midnight when it is cooler? India have some good batters and Ken Dulkar is genius , but not much else . Huw Vraj is a bit hit and miss like our Jim Love at Yorkshire in the 70's. Pakistan will win semi with better bowlers . India have no spin , only Zahere is world bowler . The chap on the tele with the baldness said that India spinner would not turn on a corrugated roof ! From what I have seen , I think the West Indies will come good later on .

  • ShreeshIndia on March 25, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    Even 20+ runs would not have made any difference to the end result. Otherwise also, I felt they got an above par score.

  • on March 25, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    India might need Sreesanth's nippy pace in the fast and bouncy Mohali.So better trash Munaf

  • Mevan on March 25, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    Australia with 12 wides and 2 no balls gave 14 runs to India, not to mention the extra 2.5 overs. If these were not given, Ponting would not have needed 20 "extra " runs. Tait was the chief culprit and his bowling was really bad.

  • Biso on March 25, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    Ponting played a very different innings. The application he showed was something he should have shown lot earlier in this phase of his career. Although lucky to escape getting out lBW to Harbhajan as India had consumed all their reviews, nevertheless it was an innings of great class.About the performance of the Aussie side- The bottom line is that Aussie bowling was not good enough. The so called fast men were totally in-effective against the classy batting of the Indians. As for their spinners, it was a sad sight to see lack of an international class spinner in the side. This Australian side will have awful problems in test matches against teams like SA, Sri-lanka and India.It is not surprising that they lost the Ashes. Even though they won the ODI series against the English, the shortcomings are definitely glaring.The Aussie era had ended long back. Indians had already exposed the chinks in their Armour in their last few series against them , both at home and in Australia.

  • Hermandw on March 25, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    Although Ponting batted well, none of his teammates really scored, and in bowling and fielding Aus was under pressure the whole time, making critical mistakes. Yes India did well, give them their due, but Aus choked under the pressure. Now they know what it feels like to choke in a critical match.

  • dcrowle on March 25, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    I blame Cameron White. SHouldn't be playing. Can't bat, can't bowl.

  • on March 25, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    The only change India need now is remove Munaf Patel from the team. break his leg atleast, so that we can call Praveen Kumar Back (if he is recovered) . Or else Give Sreesanth a chance. Against Pakistan he will be handy....

  • archmparkar on March 25, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    Australia still will be ateam to remember winning 4 world cups is not eating a piece of cake thats too away 1987-India, 1999-England, 2003-SAfrica 2007-WIndies...n same goes for ponting 2 wc as captain..Great Player as well...If India dosent win the wc at home it will haunt them...

  • LALITHKURUWITA on March 25, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    Bowlers let Aussies down. As I commented before, only Lee is the only good fast bowler. Both Tait & Johnson are expensive and bowled too many wides & noballs. Aussies should have brought 3 best spinners like other teams, a leggie, offie and left armer for sub continent instead Tait & Johnson.

  • bluntnortherner on March 25, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    I saw that match on tv . It was too hot for Oz. Why do they not start at midnight when it is cooler? India have some good batters and Ken Dulkar is genius , but not much else . Huw Vraj is a bit hit and miss like our Jim Love at Yorkshire in the 70's. Pakistan will win semi with better bowlers . India have no spin , only Zahere is world bowler . The chap on the tele with the baldness said that India spinner would not turn on a corrugated roof ! From what I have seen , I think the West Indies will come good later on .

  • ShreeshIndia on March 25, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    Even 20+ runs would not have made any difference to the end result. Otherwise also, I felt they got an above par score.

  • Something_Witty on March 25, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    Ricky Ponting bows out with a classy hundred in his last World Cup match. He will always be remembered as a modern-day champion.

  • saif-kasi on March 25, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    i challenge india win vs pakistan semi.becs doni 100 match cap,sachin 100 century.and sachin made this century in this semi.and pakistan never win in worldcup.

  • on March 25, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    we know ponting wht happened.u played for country.gr8 aussie playing can sacrifice anything for country

  • pj3000 on March 25, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    Hard luck lads. Punter, you did us proud. Re the 15-to-20 runs, we'd have got them easy if David Hussey had been batting up the order. Looked in great touch. New look Aus ODI side. 1) Watson 2) Haddin 3) Punter 4) D Hussey 5) Dan Christian 6) M Hussey 7) Smith 8) Mitch 9) Binga 10) Krazy 11) Tait. 12th man Nannes. A bit of grunt in the middle order like this would have done wonders for us last night.

  • on March 25, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    ANDDD!!! My prediction comes to past... Australia out and Ponting cries...

  • Coolboi on March 25, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    Its really good to hear those words from Ricky Ponting. I guess that surely makes end of Mighty Australian Era that once every cricketing team find dead hard to beat them, Good Luck Australia for future up Bad Lucks

  • Hermandw on March 25, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    Now Ponting & his team knows what it feels like to choke in a big game. Many happy returns.

  • spinkingKK on March 25, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    It is such a cliche to say, "we were 20 runs short"! I don't think 20 runs would have made a difference. Australia should have scored somewhere between 310 - 325 to have been called favorite at the start of the Indian reply. With Tendulkar playing the way he is, Sehwag to give company, follwed by Gambhir, Yuvraj, Dhoni and Raina, this Indian batting line up will make any opposition have sleepless nights. For the Indian conditions, the bowling is pretty strong as well. Only weak link is, the second Medium pacer. I suggest, bring back Sreesanth. He bowled well against Bangladesh with bad luck. He was bowling so many peaches. He went expensive because of edges and some wides. These things happen. He could even go expensive against the Pakisthanis. End of the day, we have to look into what he is bowling and why he was expensive. He is definitely a better choice than Munaf or Nehra.

  • on March 25, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    Well, it was a phenomenal effort on Australia's part. Ponting should hold his head up high. Until the last few overs, the game could have gone either way.

  • Santhosh1sk on March 25, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    Great Show by Indians. Ponting has answered all his critics with bat, still Yuvraj won the Final battle. In Semi and Final, we expect a clinical performance from India.

    Great Going India

  • rahulcricindia on March 25, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    ponting played like a champion as he is but his team doesnt look like champion team as was in the past and dont deserve to go further........india played like a champion...won crunch momentss.......

  • Ganes.V on March 25, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    Agree that Australia were a few runs short. had the target been 270+ the pressure would have been much more than thais and we would have seen Indian batsmen go for the runs and would have gifted their wickets. This time we saw the aproach was more sensible and it looked as if batsmen did not want to get out-barring Gautam gambhir-. But we still have a big worry that is our own captain cools form. He looks totally out of sorts. He has completely forgotten what he can do! Time he goes to some of the old videos of his 183 against SL while chasing or some innings like those jus to give him an idea of the range of shots he has. Similarly except for bowlers like Zaheer Yuvi Ashwin- all others like nehra munaf sreesanth bhajji are all not looking like wicket taking owlers any more. munaf for his pace should bowl line and length without giving room and bhajji also seems to have forgotten the tricks. He is looking completely lost for some reason! Hope this team wins two more games and win WC'11

  • awi_resham on March 25, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    Again it is India who outplayed the champs from the world cup. From 1983 to 2011 apart from 1992 everytime it is India, who has knocked the champs out of the tournament. In 83 it was West Indies, 1996 Pakistan, 1999 Srilanka and 2011 Aussies.If India has not done that nobody has done that.

  • GoSL on March 25, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    well come back Ponting!! , u are the last samurai , selector should consider getting rid of rest of the top order batsmen and keep Ponting. i believe Ricky has a another WC in him.

  • cricketik on March 25, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    Australia lost because they do not have quality spinners. No doubt it is impossible to fill the void created by Warne. but they do not have a spinner of the quality of even Stuart McGill. With due respect Hauritzs, Krezas are not really topclass.A quality spinner would have won the match on thursday for them.

  • sarathy_m2 on March 25, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    No wrong in Australia's work except three failures - Hussey, Kreja and Extras. Hope Australian board would not blame Ponting for the loss. However, Clarke must replace Ponting in ODI to get ready for next World Cup and regain the domination, and Ponting should play his best till retirement and shall lead in Tests.

  • on March 25, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    As Kapil Deo said earlier, India bowled n field very well with a team work n as expected bat sensible, Now there will b a tough match (ind-pak) in semis. But as everybody knows Ind had clean sweep record over Pak in all WC's. BEST LUCK INDIA.

  • MAD-1 on March 25, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    Messrs clarke, watson, Mike Hussey and Cameron White really did let the team down here. this was in the bag had the middle order not gone down that way.

  • Jonte_Ganguly on March 25, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    Yes Ricky 20 runs short (really 30). For months now EVERYONE knew you would be whilst White was in the side. How many times did he need to fail before you wake up to this? It wasn't just these world cup sgames, it was against a poor England before this tournament also. Meanwhile Callum Ferguson has been sitting on the side lines all tournament. Averages 44 in ODI's - always performs down the order. That 44 less White's 12 (at slow strike rate of just over 50!) would've been 32 runs, and you would be in the semi's now, against a Pakistan who are due to lose. I can take losing but not through stupidity of selctors. A simple mistake is one thing but this sillyness has cost us dearly.

  • MiddleStump on March 25, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    Well there goes Punter again. He played a fine innings and one can sympathize with him but he simply does not get it. It was not another twenty runs, rather Australia were two quality spinners short. By some immature cricket, India gifted two wickets (Kohli and Gambhir) that made the match seem closer than it really was. Australia never looked like bowling India out on this pitch and that was their only chance to win this match once they had been restricted to 260. Even a score of 280 would not have made a difference to the final outcome without quality spin bowling.

  • dmqi on March 25, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    Anyone will feel sorry for Ponting but let's face it. While the 4th and 5th batsmen for australia failed to score 15 runs together ( Clark and Hussey), the corresponding players for India scored more than 70 runs and that decided the game. In addition, Bret Lee was not as effective as Zaheer was. So, the better performer on a particular day will win. That is exactly what is going to happen in India-Pakistan game. Probably there will be a tough fight between Pak bowling and superior Indian batting. Looking forward to it.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 25, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    At last Australian captain accept their defeat! I hope it will be last WC for Ricky. And I do not think Clarke will be a good captain too. Better go for some other players.

  • on March 25, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    Will be missing Aussies All the wayyy !!! In a way Aussies going out is better as they lost their Winning Record !!!!

  • on March 25, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    It's not that Australia needed more runs, it's that they needed to concede less extras. The Australian bowlers sent down 12 deliveries that were wides (1 of those deliveries going for 5). The equation of the Indian batsmen needing to score what they did with two fewer overs than they got and needing to get an extra 15 becomes much more of an ask and I think, as we saw during this and previous matches, they would have been very susceptible to throwing away their wickets.

  • SixFourOut on March 25, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    I think a lot of people will be happy about this result, now that Australia can not win the world cup again.

    At least we are going to have a new winner.

    South Africa vs Pak/India final

  • on March 25, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    It is all about India and India... At least one thing is done, the world will see a new world champion. Ponting has shown the door. Well done team India, well done Yuvraj.

  • keerthi64 on March 25, 2011, 3:19 GMT

    At last Australians also felt the bitterness of pre-mature exit of world cup. this is a good lesson for all the nations to ponder.

  • on March 25, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    Ashwin played his part, his bowling was awesome during the power plays. Always came back with a few dot balls after conceding a boundary. Where does Munaf fit in this team?

  • on March 25, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    It's one of the best day for India in the one day cricket and they beat Aus by 5 wickets ... But when we compare India to Aus, frankly I can say that India will not consistently win like Aus ... Let's see the forth coming matches ... In cricket, we should not think about the past records .... Who is performing on that day, that's the matter ... I think after a long time, india played like a team ... It's team effort ... Right from the beginning, Sachin, Gauti and Finally Yuvi and Raina ... Amazing!!!

    Will India win Pakistan? We should not loose the game against them ... I would like to play the India against SA in the Final and we should get a revenge of SA ...

  • raveekoomar on March 25, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    Well Ponting we all love you for the way you rose from unexpected ranks to the expected to be among the elite batting geniuses we saw during the mid 90's to whole of first decade of the 21st century. Am talking of Sachin, Lara and then you yourself. No need to be dejected you rose to captain Australia when they were losing steam after losing a series with New Zealand where Steve Waugh was forced to resign as captain after that series for his tactics. Since then you were judicious to use your great bowlers to great use with minor injuries hither tither but still grouping and marshalling ur great men to great use. All said and done times will be great but great times always live in memory. So before anyone could say you lost your charm we still will remember those memories we had and those fascinating duels you had during the 2005 ashes and the last ashes starting in England and then in your home country. But whatever decision you take now on we respect you still. Great going Cheers mate

  • on March 25, 2011, 2:50 GMT

    I really wanted Ponting to be defeated badly and send him out of cricket world. But seeing him after the victory makes me feel pity for him. A small boy can be a star, but a star shouldnt lose the shine at any point. That is the pain cant be explained. Request to Cricket Australia: Winning and loosing are part of the game. Jut for this world cup don ditch ponting and don forget he the one got you 3. Alll the best to ponting to perform against all te other countrie in future and let your records continue.

  • on March 25, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    You were not 20 but 40 run short mate! I do not understand Aussies had 4 wickets in hand but failed to charge on bowlers!! Ponting who did not accelerate only to get his century! its unlike Australia but more like INDIA back in 90s. What a dramatic turn around for a team like Australia...

  • Harsha_Reddy on March 25, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    Hmm One of the legends had to play their last WC game, Only consolation was ponting got a century in his last WC match and gave his team a chance to win..India for their part played brilliantly i thot especially chasing against a good pace attack. Only blemish for Ponting in this match was probly his captaincy---We all knew raina would be facing lot of short balls , but he did not set the field right allowing to fend off awkwardly with no fielder in place near square leg umpire....NEED TO ATTACK MORE...these days captains are happy to let the game go on and wait for mistakes than induce mistakes...anyways great game

  • on March 25, 2011, 1:57 GMT

    Sorry Punter ......... ......still I belive I watch one of best match...... ............Yuvi..ohh really one of his gr8 inniing

  • on March 25, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    sorry to say that, hopefully u guys will have more disappointment in Bangladesh!

  • RJHB on March 25, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    Well played India, as I swallow my pride, well done Ponting, atlast a captains knock! But to the rest of the yobbos wearing Australian colours, that was a weak weak effort! Cameron White, what were you even doing in India? It certainly wasn't to make any runs! Shaun Tait, you are an overrated hack of a bowler. Brett Lee, you let us down at the most crucial moment. Jason Kreza, terrible, terrible,terrible, terrible! And finally, and once again, those brain surgeons that are the selectors, what were you thinking by carrying Smith through the whole tournament and then dropping him in the conditions he would have liked most of all, instead of that useless White??? Awful display Australia, I won't be staying up til 3am to watch you play again anytime soon!

  • on March 25, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    hahaha... Gud Excuse, bad day for Ponting !!

  • Sami171 on March 25, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    pakistan have 199% chance of beating India, but if New Zealand or South africa make the final each team has a 50% chance

  • umpatel on March 25, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    I agree with pointing India can beat Pakistan with this momentum.

  • landl47 on March 24, 2011, 23:50 GMT

    Australia got exactly as far as I predicted they would- the quarter-finals. The make-up of their team just wasn't suited for cricket on the low, slow pitches of the subcontinent. Their batting these days is only average and the quick bowlers were neutralized by the pitches. Their major lack was quality spin; Krezja took 5 wickets at 55 in the tournament and he was the only specialist spinner. Ponting didn't want to bowl Smith (even against Pakistan, on a pitch crying out for spin) and left him out today in favor of the woefully out of form Cameron White. Well as Ponting played today, it was his failures in selection and captaincy which led to Australia's defeat. Ponting has now presided over the complete destruction of the mighty Australian team. It's going to take years to rebuild, and the sooner the Australian selectors replace Ponting as captain, the sooner they can begin the process.

  • Dashgar on March 24, 2011, 23:49 GMT

    Don't cheapen the effort Ponting. Two very good sides went toe to toe and India came out on top. There's so many ifs through both innings that any number of things could have swung the match in Australia's favour. Your bowlers beat the outside and inside edge consistently without being rewarded. Lots of balls got to fielders in the deep on the one bounce. On another day 260 could have looked 100 too many. It was a great game and Australia can be proud.

  • Okakaboka on March 24, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    Face it, we lost this match at the selection table. I maintained Tait should have been replaced by Hastings...Ding dong! Tait was all over the place again. He was crap. He is gone...time for him retire. Krejza...on a spinners wicket....couldn't get a wicket....He is no good...I said Australia should have played D. Hussey as our spinner. That would have meant not dropping Smith. As for poor CFam White. He has been scratching around like a barnyard chook for months. He's likey to end up on the colonel's table covered in secret herbs and spices. Seriously, Ferguson or Paine should have had a run. If these changes had been made, Australia WOULD have won. So thanks selectors....You are bl...dy hopeless....As we bloggers have observed repeatedly...thanks for making our National team so weak with the likes of Hodges, Bailey, Christian, O'Keefe, Nannes, Finch, et al. sitting at home watching a heap of out of form players representing their country. HILDITCH...Your'e FIRED!!!!!

  • cfonseka on March 24, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    How exciting for the Australians - following up the enthralling world cup with a 3-match ODI series against Bangladesh. It should be riveting cricket.

  • Mahdi_E-Dra_Gujranwali on March 24, 2011, 22:47 GMT

    This was a keenly fought match with many key moments. The Aussies faltered during the key moments and handed the initiative to the Indians. Pakistani attack is going to be a different proposition given that our bowlers can bowl faster than the ski e downhill from tiger hill.

    I was about to type in a few words of praise for Ponting before I read that he actually predicted that India would beat Pakistan on Wednesday. It is indeed a very unwarranted comment given that Pakistan beat Australia more convincingly than India.We Pakistanis are hell bent on the Ghazwa and all such small talk from defeated wps will only strengthen our resolve.

  • ajbora502 on March 24, 2011, 22:46 GMT

    thanks ponting for great innings under immense pressure .. next world cup will surely miss you .. still cant forget the innings u played against india in world cup 2003 final .. really hope that you continue playing

  • bobagorof on March 24, 2011, 22:44 GMT

    Australia will always need an extra 15-20 runs whenever Tait is in the attack. Yes, the guy can take wickets when on song, but he sprays it far too much for an international cricketer. He regularly went for 6-7 runs an over in this tournament and without the wickets to back that up it's hard to put a case forward for his selection. Australia has two other bowlers in their squad who can bowl 145+ km/h so they need to include someone who is accurate and can exert control. They also persisted with Cameron White throughout the tournament despite his poor form. Australia took a few gambles in this World Cup and they were exposed against the stronger teams. Australia may be No.1 in the world in ODIs but they will need to make some tweaks if they want to stay there.

  • Wozza-CY on March 24, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    Twenty runs short because you were one batsman short! With someone like Watson opening the batting, you don't need to pick three 'wild things' i.e. Johnson, Lee & Tait. Bring David Hussey in was a no brainer & it's debatle whether he should have been dropped. Why? Hussey should have come into this team, but for Tait. Tail had been looking weary for the last few games & let's face it...if he's not going to 'blast' out Canada & Kenya, then he's hardly going to frighten India on home soil. White was/is so out of form, I'm surprised he didn't stick his hand up to be rested. Smith should have stayed in the team at Whites' expense. There was a single to Tait every time when he was in the ring & his propensity to concede extras handed the momentum back India any time he had the ball in his hands. Simply, on that track Lee, Johnson & Watson was enough seam & with the addition of Dhussey & Smith you add two slow bowling options & a much stronger batting line up. Hats off to the Indian chase.

  • on March 24, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    hard luck aussies, these are tough times for aussie cricket, but you guys have the structure in place to churn out world beaters, i still think ponting has a lot to offer to aussie cricket as he showed today, form is temporary but class is permanent, but i believe the reigns of captaincy should be handed over to someone else. Ponting can still play a pivotal role in the aussie team

  • on March 24, 2011, 22:12 GMT

    Finally Mr.Pointing and Co will head home early..

  • on March 24, 2011, 22:12 GMT

    No my dear Ponting you were 10 players short - Lee was the only fighter in the team.

  • on March 24, 2011, 22:08 GMT

    IT tells you one thing it is not so much about the captain. they just didnt have the variety in their bowling attack. AFTER LEE and JOHNSON what? INDIA are not afraid of THE AUSSIES any more. IT is as simple as that.

  • iangat on March 24, 2011, 22:05 GMT

    Not only twenty runs short, but too many paceman without direction on a typical sub-continent wicket!

    Most teams now progressing have at least two credble spinners and for obvious reason. You can't use a predominately seam attack in an environment that no longer assists them with the movement that they enjoy on home turf.

    Tactical decisions throughout the tournament were wrong for Australia as well as selection choices. Ponting has to shoulder much of the blame having now had one, possibly two, credible performances in all formats in the last 12 months - retirement is now long overdue!

    Does he have to be pushed at a time that is now well past his peak. His performances as captain in the last tweleve months is even more miserable and should have resulted in his dismissal if he had been capataining a less notable side - well done selectors, please go find a team comensurate with your abilities - perhaps a backyard 11?

    And no, Michael Clark is equally inept in this role!

  • intcamd on March 24, 2011, 21:50 GMT

    Well played Ponting. I was never a big fan, but you held up well and with dignity, while the knives were out. Gritty innings today, full of character. Your play is greater than your team's, and it has been obvious for some time that you are the only world class player left in this team. If and when you leave, the rebuilding effort will get tougher.

  • calvin_n on March 24, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    India won convincingly...We would have had a 3 wicket win if Kohli and Gambhir had not throw away their wickets....But credit to Ponting for his excellent run in the world cups...and Brett Lee for not giving up till the last ball...But the vengeance for 2003 was finally ours.

  • on March 24, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    Sure... they would've still lost.

  • GooglyPUNKMayil on March 24, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    Ponting you have been a great servant to Australian cricket...I am no big fan of the Aussies..but you guys are true champions....You deserve whatever plaudits you have got. You and Lee are probably the last of the Golden generation in Aussie cricket. You have been a competitor and a Winner. Thanks for a fab knock again in the WC.

  • on March 24, 2011, 21:21 GMT

    Ponting played a great inning today. hats off for you... i feel ..it was great move to get Suresh Raina in playing 11 which made real diffrance today. All the best team for Mohali match..

  • Vilander on March 24, 2011, 21:21 GMT

    Best of luck Ponting, you are a legend.

  • on March 24, 2011, 21:19 GMT

    Here we go again... Ponting's sooks start again...

  • on March 24, 2011, 21:17 GMT

    Pakistan is going to win Insha Allah

  • on March 24, 2011, 21:17 GMT

    Sorry Pointing!. You're high in class today. It's unfortunate, but it's all in the game. Thanks for the entertainment. We certainly miss you in 2015 world cup for sure. All the best for the upcoming Series. Congrats India too. I am Indian though, i would love to praise the way aussie put the fight on the field. Good show.

  • on March 24, 2011, 21:17 GMT

    Today I felt sad in ausie defeat....but infact,India leading with world class Batman like tendulkar,sehwag,and other...are fabulous....I can feel how Australian must b feeling....bottomline ,its all India...

  • on March 24, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    Well if he thinks they were 20 runs shorter than indian had 20 balls left..and the way india were playing in the End..they would have have chased even 270...these are Just Excuses...

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  • on March 24, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    Well if he thinks they were 20 runs shorter than indian had 20 balls left..and the way india were playing in the End..they would have have chased even 270...these are Just Excuses...

  • on March 24, 2011, 21:17 GMT

    Today I felt sad in ausie defeat....but infact,India leading with world class Batman like tendulkar,sehwag,and other...are fabulous....I can feel how Australian must b feeling....bottomline ,its all India...

  • on March 24, 2011, 21:17 GMT

    Sorry Pointing!. You're high in class today. It's unfortunate, but it's all in the game. Thanks for the entertainment. We certainly miss you in 2015 world cup for sure. All the best for the upcoming Series. Congrats India too. I am Indian though, i would love to praise the way aussie put the fight on the field. Good show.

  • on March 24, 2011, 21:17 GMT

    Pakistan is going to win Insha Allah

  • on March 24, 2011, 21:19 GMT

    Here we go again... Ponting's sooks start again...

  • Vilander on March 24, 2011, 21:21 GMT

    Best of luck Ponting, you are a legend.

  • on March 24, 2011, 21:21 GMT

    Ponting played a great inning today. hats off for you... i feel ..it was great move to get Suresh Raina in playing 11 which made real diffrance today. All the best team for Mohali match..

  • GooglyPUNKMayil on March 24, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    Ponting you have been a great servant to Australian cricket...I am no big fan of the Aussies..but you guys are true champions....You deserve whatever plaudits you have got. You and Lee are probably the last of the Golden generation in Aussie cricket. You have been a competitor and a Winner. Thanks for a fab knock again in the WC.

  • on March 24, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    Sure... they would've still lost.

  • calvin_n on March 24, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    India won convincingly...We would have had a 3 wicket win if Kohli and Gambhir had not throw away their wickets....But credit to Ponting for his excellent run in the world cups...and Brett Lee for not giving up till the last ball...But the vengeance for 2003 was finally ours.