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Mar 14, 2011 at 08:03am IST

Ponting not disappointed with bowling

Bangalore: Australian bowlers had to labour hard against Kenya during their 60-run victory but skipper Ricky Ponting on Sunday said he was not disappointed with his bowling attack as they did their job.

The defending champions on Sunday failed to bowl out Kenya, with their bowling attack taking just three wickets - the other three falling to run-outs.

However, Ponting backed the bowlers and said the credit goes to the Kenyan batsmen for their splendid performance.

Ponting not disappointed with Aus bowling

The defending champions on Sunday failed to bowl out Kenya, with bowlers taking just three wickets.

"We have done our job tonight. Obviously, we were a bit rusty. Our bowling was okay and probably some sort of intensity was required, especially in the middle overs tonight.

"Kenyan performance was, I must say, they deserve some credit for the way they batted," Ponting told reporters at the post match conference here on Sunday.

Asked if he was disappointed with his bowlers who failed to bowl out Kenya, Ponting said, "I am not disappointed. Getting hundred overs from this game is a good sign for us.

"Probably, it could have been a better option for me to win the toss and bowl first. All the bowlers had a good workout there going through the full 50 overs."

"I tried a few different things tonight with the spinners, particularly during the power-plays, to give them some experience there. Probably for the first time they have done that. Jason can do more in these type of conditions," he added.

Ponting also heaped praise on Michael Hussey who scored 54 after returning from injury on Sunday.

"Mike played the way that we know he can play, that his class and his experience showing through. It is his first game after having got back to the national team. He was out due to injury for six or seven weeks. It is a great sign for us throughout the tournament (that) he got back to his form and fielded throughout the fifty overs," he said.

On his own performance, Ponting said, "I wish I had spent more time at the wicket today. I was trying to get couple of things towards the end but I will up and run as well in the tournament."

Cameron White scored just two runs on Sunday and has been a bit off-colour so far in the World Cup but Ponting said he was not concerned about his batting form.

"I am not concerned about his form. In the nets, he has been hitting the ball very well during the last couple weeks.

"He got a pretty good ball today. He has been around for a while and has had more consistent performance in the one-day format during the last couple of years. He will surely turn around pretty quickly for us," he said.

Asked whether he is thinking of changing the batting order against Canada, Ponting said, "I do not think so, probably we look forward a bit more. I do not think we (will) change our thinking for the next game.

"We always felt we are going to win this game before we started talking about what the lineup could be. We have to put better thinking in the next couple of days."

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