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Ponting underplays Australia's ODI series win against Sri Lanka

Ponting though lauded the current Australian team for being a resilient lot. Photograph: (Getty)

AFP New Delhi, India Sep 05, 2016, 06.41 PM (IST)
Former Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting on Monday underplayed the significance of Australia consolidating their number one position in one-day cricket, saying that ODIs were "lacking context" at the moment.

"You just have a one-off series like the Australia-Sri Lanka series, it doesn't really matter, it doesn't mean anything. 

"Both teams want to win the series but there is nothing else riding on it. Maybe each ODI will have some sort of relevance for the World Cup rankings but nothing more than that," said Ponting, who is a double World Cup-winning captain.

The Australian batting legend, however, lauded the current Australian team for bouncing back from a 3-0 Test drubbing in Sri Lanka. 

"Australia have bounced back from a disappointing Test series...so trust me it's not all doom and gloom," Ponting said in reaction to Australia's 4-1 ODI win against the island nation.

He also ran the rule over the current lot of players in the team. "Mitchell Starc is arguably the best fast bowler in the world at the moment. David Warner, Steve Smith, Nathan Lyon and Usman Khawaja have been good."

Ponting, who scored 13,378 runs over 168 Tests, also spoke about the future of day-night Test cricket. 

"We have seen it once in Adelaide. It was a great success albeit the game went for just three and a half days, so you can argue there, was it a great spectacle for Test cricket or did it have an adverse effect?" Ponting said of the first day-night Test between Australia and New Zealand last year.

"But once again I am all for what administrators and fans believe is right for the game.

"If the fans are calling out for day-night Test cricket then as players and administrators we will do whatever we can to deliver that to them," he added.

(WION with inputs from AFP)
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