Australia will be back with its high standards: Ponting

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New Delhi, Oct 26 (UNI) Australian captain Ricky Ponting has made it clear that his team would not leave any stone unturned to make a strong come back in the third Test against India that begins here at Feroz Shah Kotla from October 29.

Ponting, after a four-hour long training session, told mediapersons that the high standards that the Australian teams are known for over the years will be witnessed once again in the remainder of the series and assured that the Indians will have it face an intense battle to lay their hands on the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

''I know we have a number of challenges in the next couple of weeks and we have a certain expectation from our players which is to be at the top,'' Ponting said after the Australian team received the ICC ODI Championship shield.

Australia, which slipped behind South Africa into second place just the April 1 cut-off following the Protea' 3-0 victory over Bangladesh, regained the the top spot after defeating West Indies 5-0 in June this year.

''It has been a great year so far for the Australian team.

We always strive to be the number 1 team in the world and we have been able to achieve that goal,'' he added.

The Shield was presented to Ponting by the ICC's principal advisor Inderjit Singh Bindra.

''It's good for Australia to hold the ICC ODI Championship shield once again.

''For me Australia has always been an exciting side and is the worthy holder of the ICC ODI Championship shield as it has shown remarkable consistency since April 1, 2007,'' Bindra said.

Bindra wished luck to the Australian team for their remaining Tests in India and said, ''This amazing ability to bounce back with high-quality performances has been the hallmark of this fantastic Australian side.

''It has proved time and time again what a dangerous opponent it is when it is trailing, be it in the rankings or in a series.

''I wish Ricky and his team-mates all the best in the remaining two Tests against India and in the series back home against New Zealand and South Africa,'' he added.


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