Ponting promises to improve team's image

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/r/ricky_ponting.jpg' class='caption'> Skipper Ricky Ponting on Thursday promised to ensure that his world champion side's conduct is not seen to be arrogant in future matches.

Updated: January 14, 2008 18:17 IST
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Rattled by the scathing criticism of the Australian team's abrasive behaviour, skipper Ricky Ponting on Thursday promised to ensure that his world champion side's conduct is not seen to be arrogant in future matches.

Ponting said he would go through the highlights of the controversial Sydney Test against India to analyse the home team's behaviour.

"I think it's important that we sit back and look at that footage. Look at our body language. See if there are areas that we can improve on," Ponting, who till recently strongly defended his team's behaviour, said.

"We'll look at some of the footage, its perception and the way people see things when they're off the field," Ponting was quoted as saying by 'Herald Sun'.

Australia won the ill-tempered match by 122 runs to record their 16th straight Test win but far from being celebrated, the victory was heavily criticised by former players, fans and the media, who lambasted the team's "win at all costs" attitude.

"I might be talking to opposition players on the field but it might be construed by people watching on television that you're in a slanging or sledging match when that's not the case," he explained.

On his own behaviour during the match, Ponting said he regretted a few instances like standing too long at the crease after being given out LBW in the first innings.

"There's no doubt I stood there for a second or two too long and I shouldn't have done that. And it probably didn't help that I was shown throwing my bat when I got back to the rooms," he said.

"Some of the guys mightn't have shaken (Indian skipper Anil) Kumble's hand after the game. But we were so wrapped up with the end of the game that they were already off the field. And we all walked along when it was over and shook their hands," he added.

Ponting, however, rubbished accusations that his side's celebrations after winning the match were reflective of any arrogance.

"I've thought about this in the last couple of days. If we were big-headed and arrogant we wouldn't have been celebrating like that," he said.

"Big-headedness doesn't go hand in hand with the sort of euphoria we showed at the end of the game. I think we can all look back at that last Test and probably realise there were some little areas in that game that, if we had our time over again, we might have done it slightly differently," he added.

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