Defiant Ponting urges rapid Aussie revival

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Ricky Ponting accepted his new-look side had to &quot;turn the tables pretty quickly now&quot; after they fell 2-0 behind in a five-match ODI series against Eng

Updated: June 25, 2010 17:46 IST
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Australia captain Ricky Ponting accepted his new-look side had to "turn the tables pretty quickly now" after they fell 2-0 behind in a five-match one-day series against England here at Sophia Gardens.

For the second time in three days, England won by four wickets after Australia were held to a below par 239 for seven here on Thursday as England paceman Stuart Broad marked his 24th birthday with four wickets for 44 runs.

But Ponting bristled at suggestions Ashes holders England, who also beat Australia in last month's World Twenty20 final, would enjoy "bragging rights" over their oldest rivals if they won this one-day series as well.

Although one-day world champions Australia dismissed six batsmen, they didn't have enough runs to defend and England, who saw Graeme Swann end the match with a six, won with 24 balls to spare.

England can take the series with victory at Old Trafford on Sunday and star batsman Ponting, caught behind off a Broad leg-cutter for 13 in Cardiff, said Australia needed to raise their game in a hurry.

"It was pretty much a mirror-image of the last game," Ponting told reporters. "We just didn't bat well again, after winning the toss.

"We got off to a reasonable start; then four quick wickets again, and all of a sudden we find ourselves behind in the game - which is exactly what we did in the first match," said Ponting as he reflected on a Broad-inspired collapse from 51 without loss to 94 for four.

"We have to address that obviously; I and the guys at the top need to be consistent run scorers, and we haven't done that in the first two games."

Australia's top-order, injured wicketkeeper Brad Haddin apart, is pretty much their first choice one-day batting line-up but injuries to leading quicks Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus have forced the tourists into fielding an inexperienced pace attack.

But Ponting was in no doubt where the blame for Australia's recent results lay. "From the outside, today it probably looks like we bowled pretty poorly. But we would have bowled better if we'd had more on the board."

England bowled with greater discipline and, indeed, imagination than Australia with vice-captain and number four batsman Michael Clarke caught in the unusual one-day position off short leg for just one after fending at a rising Broad delivery.

"They used their short ball well, bowled a few to Michael Clarke when he first came in which obviously paid dividends straightaway," Ponting said. "It's a good skill to be able to do that, and they put us under pressure."

"I think we got ourselves out a bit. 'Pup' (Clarke) obviously got a good ball today...I got a reasonable ball.

"You've got to give England some credit. At the moment, they're playing some good cricket.

"We need to turn the tables pretty quickly now, two down with three games to go. We've got to start playing better.

"You can see by the way they (England) are playing, they're probably a little bit more confident than us at the moment.

He added: "We've only got ourselves to blame for the hole we're in. We've got to dig deep within ourselves and put a better performance on the board."

But Ponting snapped at a suggestion England, who defend the Ashes later this year in Australia where they have not won a Test series since 1986, were on the verge of gaining "bragging rights" given the Aussies' overall better record.

"Test cricket, Twenty20 cricket and one-day cricket -- who's got the bragging rights?"

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