Lack of experience cost India match: Ponting

Adelaide, Feb 17 (UNI) Australia captain Ricky Ponting today said the Indians were let down by the lack of experience in their ranks.

''I guess a good balance of youth and experience is always welcome. In our teams, we try to have experience in important positions. This India hasn't got. They have a lot of talented youngsters but they are in a rebuilding phase as they would be in Tests soon,'' Ponting told mediapersons after the match.

Ponting was however, not too happy with his side's display and urged his under-performing batsmen to pull up their socks.

''We have not been playing anywhere near our best. It's about the time batters did so. We have been winning and getting bonus points and if our batters hit the straps, we would be very difficult to beat,'' he said.

India looked to have a great chance of winning when they restricted the Australians to 203 for nine but could only manage 153 in return as they were bowled out in the 42nd over.

Australia's victory lifted them to 17 points from five games.

India remain in second place on eight points while Sri Lanka are at the bottom with six points but with a game in hand.


Story first published: Sunday, February 17, 2008, 21:33 [IST]
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