Aggressive attitude means performing under pressure: Ponting

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Chandigarh, Oct 7 (UNI) Australia captain Ricky Ponting today asserted that his team always plays aggressive cricket which means performing well in all conditions and when under pressure.

''For me aggression does not mean displaying show of anger, shaking of body, staring at rival players or exchanging words but be consistent with good performance under adverse conditions,'' Ponting said while talking to media persons here this evening.

''We have played India in the past and there has been no problem, but this team has few youngsters who are aggressive,'' he added.

Ponting had a word of praise for India's seniors 'Big Three' -- Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid -- saying they are the players who are capable of winning a match on their own on a given day.

''Yes we are comfortable playing against them because we know their game, having played against them for several years but they still can be the match winners, they are the dangerous ones,'' he pointed out.

The Aussie skipper said his team adjusted to the conditions (in India) quickly, while the Indian side after Twenty20 World Cup victory did not get much time for preparation and adjust themselves with the ODI version.

But he hastened to add that ''Things can change so I have asked my players not to be complacent. We have to keep performing well in the remaining four matches.'' Asked about the pitch, Ponting said, ''We have had no prior knowledge of this track. It looks dry and is likely to become slow and low as the day progressess. I will bat first if I win the toss.'' About the composition of the team for tomorrow's game, he said there will be no change in batting line-up but bowler Nathan Bracken has to be brought.

''He (Brackan) is a top class bowler but we will decide about the final eleven just before the start of the game.'' He praised Yuvraj Singh saying, ''The Indian batsman is in good form. He has scored few hundreds against us. His innings at Hyderabad against us was exceptional. There are few areas in which we can test him where we let him off in previous matches.'' Ponting admitted that it was a tough call to leave out Brad Haddin who had batted exceptionally in the first two matches but the batsman understands that the team wanted to give Brad Hodge a chance.

The Aussie captain expressed happiness on the way his batsmen have played the Indian spinners so far.

''It is satisfying to see batsmen facing the top class Indian spinners with confidence. It is not easy to play Indian spinners on their home turf.'' He replied in negative when asked whether his team indulged in abusive language against the hosts. ''For Indian players, aggressive cricket is body language and staring, but for Australians it is playing a normal cricket in any circumstances.'' UNI

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