Ponting awaits meaningful test
Ricky Ponting believes Australia are yet to be tested in the World Cup group stage after the defending champions’ unbeaten run continued with a thumping seven-wicket victory over Canada in Bangalore.
Ponting's men made light work of the target of 212 set by the minnows and finished the game with more than 15 overs to spare, thanks to a 183-run stand between openers Shane Watson and Brad Haddin, who made 94 and 88 respectively
Australia have made a strong start to their campaign, winning four of their five Group A matches - with one match being washed out - and extending their extraordinary World Cup unbeaten run to 34 matches.
But Ponting believes the defending champions have not faced a real test in the tournament and a bigger challenge is just around the corner.
“We haven't fully been tested yet,” said Ponting. “We will be by Pakistan in Colombo on Saturday, and we look forward to it.”
Ponting also gave credit to the Canada top order, who caught Australia unaware by smashing 77 off just ten overs.
“Their top four or five batted really well, but our batsmen were outstanding,” he said.
However, Ponting’s poor run of form continued when he was dismissed cheaply when five runs were needed for victory.
Asked if a big innings was around the corner, Ponting said: “You could say I am due. It would have been nice to be not out, but maybe I am saving it up for the big games."
Canada captain Ashish Bagai was left rueing his batsmen's inability to match the standards of his bowlers in the tournament.
“Our bowlers were fantastic through the tournament, but the batsmen were poor in the first half,” he said.
“Some young guys got self-belief out of the World Cup - (Jimmy) Hansra, (Hiral) Patel. We came here looking to win, and laid a good platform, but inexperience let us down.”