Aussies eager for tryst with record

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Sydney, Jan 1 (UNI) After steamrolling India in the first Test, the Aussies are licking their chops at the prospect of equalling the world record of 16 consecutive Test wins set by Steve Waugh's all-conquering side.

However, skipper Ricky Ponting did not want his players to be distracted by the historic milestone.

''I don't want to be taking anything away from that or the team, which is why I did mention it to the team this morning,'' he said.

''I wanted them to have a little bit of a taste of that, digest it, get away, prepare and come and play well,'' he added.

''I'm sure there will be a bit more excitement if we happen to win this test.'' Ponting, who has an impressive average of 81.73 at the SCG, was confident of making amends for his disappointing show in Melbourne.

''If I get in and get away here it will be a different story.

Hopefully it's my turn,'' he said.

''I'm training hard, I'm batting well, so I think it's only a matter of time before I get some runs.

''There are lots of good feelings about being here and playing here... so hopefully that can be the case again this week.'' The Aussie skipper expressed confidence that his side would be more than equal to the task in the second Test given the impressive bowling performance at the MCG.

''I think the Indian batsmen have got some concerns just because of how well we bowled last game.'' UNI XC AB TB KN1509

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