Ponting keen to make amends for his past failures in India

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Hyderabad, Sep 30 (UNI) Australian captain Ricky Ponting is keen to put his past record in India behind him and said he will come up with his best to cope against India's quality spinners.

With over 10,000 runs in his kitty, Ponting has been a complete failure in India with a poor past record. The Aussie captain averages 12.28 runs in the eight matches that he has played in India since his maiden visit with Mark Taylor's side in 1996.

''I'll work really hard for the next week to make sure I am as good as I can be. Hopefully, I can turn things around there. It's all in my hands and I know what I have to do to have success here,'' Ponting told mediapersons here.

In his 14 innings in India, Ponting has scored just 172 runs whereas his overall record in 119 Test is nothing less than exceptional in which he has 10,099 runs to his name.

Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has emerged as the biggest nemesis of the Australian captain whom he claimed five times during the 2001 series.

''There is a bit of void in my international career here in India. There's no doubt about that,'' the Australian skipper said at his first press conference since arriving in India on September 22.

''Even on the last tour (in 2004) when we managed to win the Test series, I missed the first three Tests with a broken thumb and came back for the last one and we managed to lose that Test match.

''So there's hopefully a lot of runs ahead for me here,'' he added.

The Australian captain is one of the four players in the current squad to have played a Test in India, the others being batsmen Matthew Hayden, Michael Clarke and Simon Katich.

However, Ponting said his side was good enough to put up a winning performance if they played to their potential.

''We are confident, the younger faces are going to be good enough and their skills good enough to stand up in Test cricket in India.

''I think even over the last 12 months when we have been missing some of our more experienced players we have still managed to show our best cricket is good enough to beat everybody,'' Ponting noted.

The opening Test begins in Bangalore on October 9, followed by matches in Mohali, New Delhi and Nagpur.

During their tour of India in 2004, Australia clinched the four-Test series to register their first success in India in 35 years.


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