Australia yet to get to grips with Twenty20
Australian captain Ricky Ponting says his team have not yet grasped the requirements of Twenty20 cricket, but they were hoping to gain more experience in the match against South Africa at the Wanderers.
Australian captain Ricky Ponting says his team have not yet grasped the requirements of Twenty20 cricket, but they were hoping to gain more experience in the match against South Africa at the Wanderers early tomorrow morning (AEDT).
"We haven't yet got fully to grips with Twenty20 cricket and a few of the guys do still go into it quite lightheartedly. We're still learning and hopefully we'll get the opportunity to learn a bit more tomorrow," Ponting told reporters overnight.
"It's a hard game to take too seriously because you basically have to come out and swing from the word go, and sometimes you'll come off and other times you won't."
With the International Cricket Council's (ICC's) experiment with super-subs for limited-overs games set to end in March, Ponting and South African captain Graeme Smith have said they feel the extra player should not be used in tomorrow morning's (AEST) tour opener, or in the five one-day internationals that follow.
"Why wait that long [until March]? It doesn't make sense. The sooner we get back to playing how we will be playing in the future, the better," Ponting said.
Smith added: "The ICC might not be too happy, but if the system's not going to be used in the World Cup next year, why should we keep playing it for the next five or six games?"
South Africa have chosen a specialist Twenty20 squad for the match, with two new caps in batsman Loots Bosman and off-spinner Thandi Tshabalala.
Neil McKenzie, Roger Telemachus and Robin Peterson return from lengthy absences after excelling in domestic competition.
Andrew Symonds will not be in action for Australia, the big-hitting all-rounder being rested due to a hip injury.
The South African camp have made another personnel change with Justin Kemp being replaced by Shaun Pollock, who will only play as a batsman, according to Smith. Batsman Justin Ontong was released from the squad on Wednesday.
Smith said Kemp needed an operation on his injured shoulder but was being saved for the one-day series starting in Centurion on Sunday.