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Ponting fears Twenty20 overload

Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has warned against poisoning cricket lovers with a junk diet of Twenty20 bash and crash.

There's no doubt Twenty20 cricket was king here even before India's resounding seven-wicket defeat of Australia at Brabourne Stadium on Saturday night.

A frenzied crowd of 40,000 celebrated the first international game played on home soil with a passion not seen at Test or one-day fixtures.

"There is no doubt that they are loving it here at the moment and rightly so with India winning the T20 World Cup and putting on another good show," said Ponting, who topscored for Australia with 76, including 13 boundaries, from 53 balls.

"This game really has captured the Indian audience. There's all sorts of things in the pipeline with the Indian Premier League. There's going to be a lot more Twenty20 cricket played in this part of the world. I am sure a lot of the Australian players will be playing in those sorts of events as well."

India is the hub of Twenty20 cricket, with the hastily formed IPL attracting legends such as Glenn McGrath and Brian Lara.

However, Ponting argues cricket's latest cash cow should not be increased from seven internationals per country annually.

"I think this format could get a little bit tired," Ponting said. "The big shots, sixes, fours and dynamic fielding, I would just hate to see that thrust upon audiences all the time. I think there could be a sameness about it.

"It was the same with one-day cricket. When it started everyone thought it was the best thing in the world. After a few years there were a few detractions to the game.

"I think the amount of Twenty20 cricket we are playing keeps the appetite there for the viewer."

Ponting concedes Australia's approach to the format is flawed and malfunctioned against India on Saturday night.

Australia must consider selecting sloggers and training like them in an effort to match the exploits of India's Yuvraj Singh (31 from 25 balls) and Gautum Gambhir (63 from 52).

"There is no doubt that it is probably a more dynamic game at the moment. It is pretty physically demanding," Ponting said after Australia was restricted to 5-165 in its 20 overs primarily by Harbhajan Singh (1-17).

"We all have to be aware of that and the next Twenty20 event we go into we train a little bit differently, for more dynamic stuff that you need to encounter. We were probably 15 runs short. If we had've got 180 and hadn't have bowled so many wides and no balls, it might have been a reasonable game of cricket. In the end, India won pretty easily."

source - news.com.au
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