All of us need to be at our best: Ponting

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

Even as Australia seem to be adding to their awesome aura, captain Ricky Ponting is unwilling to believe that other sides in the world did not matter.

All of us need to be at our best: Ponting

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Even as with each passing game Australia seem to be adding to their awesome aura, captain Ricky Ponting is unwilling to believe that other sides in the world did not matter. "It takes just a few individuals in our side not to turn up in the park with their best for us to start losing. All eleven of us need to be at our best to keep winning," Ponting said. At least three sides in world cricket have at various times staked claims to be the second best side in the world. But all three -- India, Pakistan and now Sri Lanka -- do not hold a candle to the world champions. All-round brilliancePonting's men bowled, batted and fielded brilliantly in beating New Zealand by seven wickets in the Champions Trophy, a match in which the skipper believed the Australian played near to their 100 per cent ability. The thrust was provided to them by Glenn McGrath with three early wickets on Thursday and then an easy target was masterfully managed in 37-odd overs. "We did a fantastic job out there in the middle. Once we got those early wickets, we felt we were in control for the rest of the day," Ponting said. Ponting conceded for a moment it crossed his mind to replace McGrath with someone else after the tall fast bowler started off with some poor stuff at the start of his first spell. However, for the semifinals, Ponting has left the door open for the return of speedster Brett Lee who was dropped in favour of Shane Watson. (PTI)



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