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There haven’t been too many negatives, claims Ponting

Nagpur: Australia rode a spirited spell of fast bowling from Mitchell Johnson and Shaun Tait to beat New Zealand by seven wickets on Friday. The pacers vindicated Ricky’s profound faith in them and responded in style.

But the news of Doug Bollinger being ruled out of the remaining part of the World Cup due to injury is not something Ponting is too happy about. In a media interaction, on Friday, the Aussie skipper said he’s disappointed to miss Bollinger for the rest of the tournament.

The following are excerpts

On the team’s performance

Yeah, I am happy with a result like that. As I said before the game New Zealand are a very competitive one-day team. Probably after the four overs, we took control of the game and that’s quite satisfying. Mitch (Johnson) came on later on to get the breakthroughs and that put New Zealand on the back foot.

If Doug Bollinger’s absence will affect the side

We are really disappointed for Doug. He had a sore ankle about a week ago and he struggled throughout. He’s at a stage now where he really can’t bowl well enough so he’s going home… I will talk to the selectors about who the replacement could be and we need to do that pretty quickly so that person can join us in Colombo in case he needs to play the next game. It’s a big loss for us.

Whether he would ask for a bowler as Bollinger’s replacement

No, we have a few things to talk and think about. We have (John) Hastings waiting for an opportunity and he has been particularly good in every training session and the couple of practice games that we have played. We had a bit of a chat last night (Thursday) and I chat with the selectors and the coach tomorrow (Saturday) as well to work it out. As you know back in Australia we have a lot of fast bowlers on the sidelines. But I won’t be surprised if we don’t get a bowler.

On the team’s pace attack

Most teams will be playing three seamers. I have three pacers who bowl close to 150kph… So that’s where we are lucky than most other countries in world cricket at the moment. I don’t know who we are playing against or where we are playing, I will need these three guys all the time. Our’s is a very balanced attack.

If there are any negatives from the two games…

There haven’t been too many negatives from the first two games. We won the games as best we could. The first game gave us a very steady start in the tournament. I think today we all have expressed ourselves much better than we did in the last game.

On their next opponents, Sri Lanka

Against Sri Lanka it’s going to be a very tough contest. They are a good one-day side and we have to contain Dilshan, Sangakkara and Jayawardene. It’s going to be interesting in their conditions. I thought our spinners were good today. But they can all bowl better than that.

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