Match against Pakistan will be a good test: Ponting
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 00:00
  
Match against Pakistan will be a good test: PontingBangalore: Australian juggernaut continued to roll in the cricket World Cup as they scored a comfortable seven-wicket win over Canada, but skipper Ricky Ponting said the defending champions have not been tested as yet and the last group match against Pakistan will be first real test.

The Australians recorded 34th consecutive win in the World Cup and are already assured of a quarter-final berth in the ongoing edition.

Ponting had some words of praise for Canadian top order and expected a tough match against Pakistan, who have also done well so far in the tournament.

"Things went not too bad, their top four or five batted really well, but our batsmen were outstanding. We haven`t fully been tested yet, we will be by Pakistan in Colombo and we look forward to it," Ponting said after the match.
Ponting is yet to fire in the tournament and he acknowledged his ordinary show with the bat, "You could say I am due, would have been nice to be not out, but maybe I am saving it up for the big games."

All rounder Shane Watson, who scored 94 and shared a 183-run opening partnership with Brad Haddin, was adjudged man of the match:

"It was nice to come out good in the end and hit a few right out of the middle. Canadians bowled pretty straight, they bowled well with the new ball and the wicket was two paced. It was nice to develop the partnership with Haddin," Watson said.

Canadian captain was not a dejected man either as he said his side has taken a lot of positives from the tournament by playing against some top teams."The experience has been phenomenal, the young guys will take a lot from this. Our bowlers were fantastic through the tournament, but the batsmen were poor in the first half. Some young guys got self belief out of the World Cup - Hansra, Patel," he said.

About today`s defeat he said, "We came here looking to win, and laid a good platform, but inexperience let us down."

PTI

First Published: Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 00:00


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