Ponting looks at bright side of India series

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Sydney, Nov 15 (UNI) Despite the humiliating 2-0 Test series loss in India, Australian skipper Ricky Ponting is determined to take some positives from the debacle.

The world champions were humiliated by a record 320-run loss in the Mohali Test and were thumped by 172 runs in the final Test at Nagpur. The Australian media were also critical of Ponting's captaincy but the skipper was determined to stay unfazed.

''There are positives in losing a series. Losing can make good cricketers with character better. I'm sure that has been the case for a lot of our blokes who have come into the side recently and for some who have been there for a long time,'' Ponting wrote in his column for 'The Australian'.

''We are not in India now. While it is important for us all to think about what happened and how we played, you cannot live in the past with cricket, we have to put things behind us and move on quickly,'' he added.

Ponting admitted that the Indians were a much better team in the four-Test series but asserted that the Australians would bounce back during the upcoming home series against trans Tasmanian rivals New Zealand.

''We were beaten by a better side there and now it's time to change gears,'' he said. ''There were, however, a lot of good things to take out of that series and the more I think about it the more confident I am about the future.'' Ponting singled out Simon Katich and Shane Watson as the standout performers during the India series.

''Simon Katich was a real positive for us. His form was very good, as it was in the West Indies. We took him to India because he had success there before and he did not let us down. He handled the conditions as well, if not better, than anybody,'' he wrote.

''Shane Watson was a revelation. His bowling stood up as good as any of our quicks and his batting in Mohali showed his qualities.

There had been question marks about Watto's ability to stand up physically to Test cricket and he did that, finishing off the tour as well as he started it," he pointed out.

Rookie spinner Jason Krejza, who grabbed 12 wickets in his debut Test in Nagpur, was in for some effusive praise from Ponting.

''It is stating the obvious to say that Jason Krejza was terrific in India, 12 wickets on debut is a once-in-a-generation effort, but what was so good was watching him improve as the tour went on,'' Ponting remarked.

''He's got very good flight, drift and drop, he puts a lot of over-spin on the ball and gets a lot of turn. He's still a work in progress.'' UNI XC AB KN1920

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