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Ponting expects Aussies to improve

Australia are determined not to repeat the mistakes they made for their opening match against Zimbabwe as they prepare to mount a major challenge for the ICC World Twenty20.

The reigning 50-over champions and holders of the Champions Trophy were expected to hit the ground running after a lengthy five-month spell recuperating after a third successive World Cup.

Instead, they looked rusty and under-prepared during their shock five-wicket defeat by Zimbabwe, which opened up the prospect of an early exit if they had lost against England.

That possibility galvanised Australia into a commanding display against their arch-rivals and their seven-wicket triumph with 31 balls remaining at Newlands sent out a message to the remaining teams in the tournament.

But captain Ricky Ponting wants his side to build on that success and continue their momentum against Bangladesh tomorrow, when they will attempt to complete an historic treble of the international one-day trophies.

"We're very early into our season and we have to build on the way we played yesterday," confirmed Ponting.

"We've got to look at the things we did well and look at the areas where we were deficient - we can't afford to rest on that."

Ponting believes the compressed format of Twenty20 cricket ensures even the best sides can be caught out by an outstanding individual performance - as they were against Zimbabwe when Brendon Taylor hit an unbeaten 60 off 45 balls.

With matches to come against Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the Super Eight stage, he is also aware they cannot afford another under-par display if they are to progress further in the competition.

"We saw the other day that if we're not at our absolute best in this format of the game everyone is a bit vulnerable," he claimed.

"There would have been a lot of disappointed people in Australia (after the Zimbabwe game) and we certainly were but I think we showed a lot of character to bounce back the way we have.

"If we didn't learn from the mistakes in game one then we'd all have been dummies and I think we've respected the game a lot more."

source - sportinglife.com
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