Bangalore, March 15 (IANS) Australian skipper Ricky Ponting Tuesday hoped his spinners, Steven Smith and Jason Krejza, would strike Wednesday in their Group A fixture against Canada here and get some confidence going ahead of the big games in the World Cup.
“We need our frontline spinners to strike so that they can be in form for the big games ahead, including the one against Pakistan (in Colombo) this weekend (March 19). Lack of enough wickets from them is a concern,” Ponting told reporters on the eve of their penultimate match against minnows Canada.
Noting that pitches in the sub-continent were a bit slow and spin-friendly, Ponting said spinners had an important role to play in the middle overs when the ball gets old and the wicket turns to spin.
“I was looking for some breakthroughs from Steven and Jason during our game against Kenya the other day (Sunday night). It didn’t happen as they both went wicketless,” Ponting recalled.
In the exciting league match against a defiant Kenya, though the Aussies won by 60 runs, Smith and Kreja drew a blank in the 14 overs they bowled between them. Even their part-time spinner Michael Clarke went wicketless.
Admitting that the time for experiments was over, the skipper said the boys were fit and in good form, but they cannot afford to lower the guard.
“We had a sort of break Monday but hit the gym and practiced a bit. We are back at the nets for a full practice session as we do not take our opponents lightly,” Ponting said.
With three clear wins and a rain-marred draw against Sri Lanka in Colombo, Australia are bracing for the knock-out stage and looking forward to another comfortable victory over Canada at the Chinnaswamy stadium.
Asked if he would prefer to bat first if he won the toss as he did against Kenya, Ponting said he had not thought about it and would weigh the options on the morrow after reading the conditions.