Not a spectacular performance, but a solid one: Ponting

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Ahmedabad, Feb 21 (PTI) Australia skipper Ricky Pontingtoday described his team''s 91-run win over Zimbabwe in theirWorld Cup opener as a ''solid'' performance.

"It was not a spectacular performance, but a solid one.

We know we need to play better as we go along," Ponting, whoappeared in the tournament for a record 40th time, said.

Ponting conceded the batsmen needed to play betteragainst slow bowling on the sub-continental tracks, but alsopointed out that Australia have done well in these conditionsin the past.

"We were getting used to the conditions. I think they(Zimbabwe spin bowlers) did a reasonable job. We know theseconditions and know how to play here in India or Sri Lanka.

"We know the spinning factor is going to be a big one inthis tournament. We need to play better as the tournament goeson. We are not there quite yet," said the 36-year-oldTasmanian who is attempting to lead Australia to their fifthCup crown and fourth on the trot.

Ponting said his fast bowlers will trouble all the teamsin the tournament as they have variety as well as pace.

"All the three bowlers we had today are different. Brett(Lee) is accurate, (Shaun) Tait bowls with a sling-arm action,moving the ball away with the new ball and then reversing theold. Mitchell Johnson swings the ball both ways. It was one ofthe best one-day performance by Mitchell," he said.

Johnson grabbed 4-19 in 9.2 overs, which included two ofthe first four Zimbabwe wickets.

Opener Shane Watson, who scored a solid 79, said he andBrad Haddin didn''t start in a fashion they normally do, as theZimbabweans were bowling well.

"They bowled well and at one end was spin. We knew if oneof us bats long we could get to a good total," he said. PTISSR AH

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