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Jan 24, 2012 at 07:10pm IST

'Will be tough to take 20 wickets here'

Adelaide: Centurion Ricky Ponting does not want Australia to "kill too much time" in their pursuit of putting up a huge first-innings total for taking 20 wickets could be hard work on a benign Adelaide Oval pitch.

"You have to be careful not to bat too long. It will be a tough wicket to take 20 wickets if you want to win this game. We need to make sure we're not killing too much time," said the 37 year-old Tasmanian.

Ponting struck an unbeaten 137 and put on 251 runs for the fourth wicket with skipper Michael Clarke (140) on day one of the fourth and final Test against India.

'Will be tough to take 20 wickets here'

Ricky Ponting said that Australia should not waste too much time in order to get a huge score.

Such was Australia's domination that it raised questions about if it was the worst Indian attack he has faced Down Under.

"I don't remember the attack from 2003-04. That's a long time ago. I don't think this is a bad attack at all. Zaheer's one of the premier fast bowlers and has been for a while. But he has been down on match fitness and practice.

"Ishant is someone who has got me a lot in my career. Yadav is someone up and coming. Ashwin, like we saw early this morning, has the capability to take early wickets with the new ball when there's not much on offer for bowlers.

"I just think our batsmen in particular through this series have played particularly well. Most of the guys have put the hand up and made big runs. When you put that kind of pressure back on bowling attacks at different times every attack will look ordinary."

After his century in Sydney, Ponting had said he really wanted to make a big one. He now has the chance to fulfill his wish against a lackluster Indian attack.

"I thought I played better today than I did in Sydney. It's probably a better wicket to bat on than Sydney. There was no sideways movement for the quickies. There was not a lot of spin. There was a little bit of reverse swing in the middle of the day.

"I see how I wake up tomorrow morning. I said the same in Sydney and let a big one get away there. I am not satisfied where I am at. As a player, you go through too many ups and downs in the career so I don't want to let this one slip tomorrow."

As he reached three figures, Ponting waved his bat in the air wildly, prompting speculation that he might be about to make an announcement about his playing future. But the 162-Test veteran said he would not be retiring after the match, the last in the series.

"How did I know I'd come here and get asked questions about retirement?" he laughed.

"It was a celebration mate, I usually do a similar celebration when I score a Test match hundred.

"I won't be retiring at the end of this Test match."

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