Waugh to ''feel proud'' if Ponting overtakes his record

Sydney, November 22 (UNI) Former Australian captain, Steve Waugh said he would be happy if Ponting's boys register a series win against India and rub off his name from the history books.

Under Ponting's captaincy, Australia have won 14 consecutive wins and could equal the record with wins over India in the opening two tests of the four match series.

Waugh yesterday said, he would be proud if skipper Ricky Ponting and his team could break the world-record of 16 straight wins that his team achieved in 2000-01.

''I am fine with that. I think if I left a legacy, it was trying to raise the bar and not be satisfied with what we had achieved,'' he said. ''I would be proud if they get to 16. It is now within reach. Most people, probably including myself, couldn't have expected it to be broken so quickly.'' India ended Australia's winning run six years ago when VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid turned the Kolkata Test after the hosts had been forced to follow on.

Australia earlier, broke the record of 11 straight wins set by the West Indies in the 80s. Waugh said he was not following any statistics when he surpassed that record of maximum number of consecutive wins.

Australia will start their campaign against India on Boxing Day at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and then heads to Sydney for the new year match starting from January 2.


Story first published: Thursday, November 22, 2007, 15:11 [IST]
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