Don`t want to over-experiment with team combination: Ponting

Last Updated: Mar 15, 2011, 18:25 PM IST

Bangalore: Despite being assured of a quarterfinal berth, Australia skipper Ricky Ponting is in no mood to over-experiment when his side will take on Canada in a group A match of World Cup.

"Depends upon how the game`s going," Ponting said when asked if he would like to experiment with his spinners.

"I think the guys got the chance to perform different roles the other night. Looking back at the game, I think it`s really important for us to put in place the process what we think is going to be best for us to play and win big games.”

He also ruled out a surprise tomorrow.

"I would not like to think so. We have an experienced team are skilful enough to win it convincingly? he said.

"I think we have to give the guys the exposure, every opportunity in different situations in a game. That`s what we did the other night but from now on we can`t afford experimenting too much. We will be playing that brand of cricket which will hold up in big games," he said.

Ponting felt the key to Australia`s success in the last three World Cups was that they have been able to build their way through the tournament, and play their best cricket around the time when the semi-finals and finals took place.

"We want to win every game. We would like to continue improving upon each performance, as we go through the tournament. And by the time, the semi-finals and final generally come up, we would be playing our best cricket."

"First of all, we just try and prepare the best way we can. We had plenty of time to do that in the last couple of weeks. We have got Canada coming up tomorrow, then a big game against Pakistan, before the quarterfinals and semi-finals. To tell you the truth, we have never looked that far ahead."

Asked about the conditions halfway through the tournament, Ponting said it has been a "contrast" in the three host countries.

"The conditions have been fairly contrasting in the countries we have played so far. We started here on a couple of difficult wickets in the practice games.”

"There is no doubt that in the game we played in Colombo, the wicket was going to be difficult for the team batting second. The other games we have had, the conditions have been quite fair," Ponting added.

"This is the venue (Chinnaswamy Stadium) where there has been high-scoring games. So the wicket has held up the best here if you look around the three countries so far," Ponting assessed.

PTI