Ponting fired up for SA visit

2012-10-11 08:24

Sydney - Ageing Australian batsman Ricky Ponting says he's put himself through a gruelling training regime to be ready to face South Africa, admitting they have the best fast-bowling attack around.

The 37-year-old, who was dumped from the one-day and Twenty20 international squads, has not played a Test since the West Indies last April and said he went months without picking up a bat.

"I gave my body and mind a bit of a rest because I bashed myself up pretty much during the summer last year," he told reporters on Thursday, a day after smashing seven sixes in an unbeaten 85 for Tasmania against South Australia.

"So after the West Indies I had a couple of months off with nothing and then about 12 weeks where I just trained myself into the ground really, physically.

"I got myself in good physical shape. I'm a few kilos down again at the start of the season and feeling really good and feel like I'm moving really good."

He is preparing for the three Test series against South Africa, which gets underway in Brisbane on November 9 before three Tests with Sri Lanka, also at home.

The former skipper could break Steve Waugh's record as Australia's most-capped Test cricketer in the first match of a Sri Lanka series, with his eye on making the 2013 team to tour England.

"They're the number one team in the world and they are that for a reason," Ponting, who has played 165 Tests, said of South Africa.

"They have got probably the best fast bowling attack going around ... they bat really low as well ... they're an exceptionally well-balanced side.

"But saying that, we have had some great contests against them since I have been playing for Australia. They have never really dominated us and the series have been great contests.

"We know that if we do everything as well as we can in Australia this year, they will find it hard to beat us."


  • nico.bougas - 2012-10-11 08:37

    Rick Ponting, "They have never really dominated us and the series have been great contests." He could have added, "except in the 1969/70 series when they hammered us 4-0"

      ayub.sayed.750 - 2012-10-11 08:45

      He was referring to when he played...

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-10-11 09:38

      Vernon Philander is gonna make Ponting his b***h you'll see.If not him then Steyn or Morkel will.

      zambezi.river - 2012-10-11 09:52

      Nice to see Kleinveld..........another 'kullid' boy included in the team!

  • luke.watskots - 2012-10-11 08:49

    Ricky is anyway n *d0ose*

  • Jacques - 2012-10-11 09:16

    He's going to have a tough ol' time vs Steyn... Dale is an intelligent bowler, and with Ricky's habit of playing around his front pad early on with Steyn's shape... I predict at least 2 'Ponting lbw b.Steyn' entries on the scorecards...

  • Johan - 2012-10-11 09:35

    Ricky's comments make it clear that in his mind SA are the better side, but Aus can compete. This mindset is so different from only a few seasons ago and should be very encouraging for SA even before the first ball is bowled. Having said that, I'm sure Glen and Shane will wade in before the tour starts with their usual whitewash predictions .

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-11 09:43

      Yes they have a little reputation going for making an ass of themselves with stupid predictions!!

  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-11 09:44

    A legend of the game, but I think his time has come. Kallis will alwys be better than you and you know that!!!

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-11 10:26

      Kallis is n dikgat!!!!! Kan stut speel vir die CHOKERS WP, o ja hy speel klaar vir CHOKERS

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-11 14:45

      Jaco, I was really impressed with Shane Watson's response when being asked what he thought of the comparisons that some were making between him and Kallis when he received the man of the touney trophy after the T20 WC. Was really humble and said that there was no way that he was in Kallis's league. Spoke really well of Kallis. Great to see a little humility in a top flight sportsman.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-11 16:16

      Travie, that true, nice that these guys have good sportsmanship!!! Its us supporters who are allowed to be a little arrogant!! Hehe!! We learn from the best, the Aussies themselves!!!

  • steven.crofton - 2012-10-11 12:31

    Can't WAIT for this series!!!!! If we play to our potential we'll dominate oz this time, Ponting!!

      ekhaat.weepee - 2012-10-11 12:33

      Aussies gaan die klomp dikgatte n krieketles gee!!!!

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