Ponting: 'This is our summer'

Australia captain says his side will dominate cricket including Ashes against England.

    Ponting questioned England's policy of picking foreign-born players [GALLO/GETTY]

    Ricky Ponting has warned rivals that his Australia team are "on the brink of something special" and are set to dominate a home summer of cricket centred around the Ashes series against England.

    After defeating West Indies 2-0 in their three-Test series last year, Australia whitewashed Pakistan in all forms of the game before humbling West Indies again in their Twenty20 and one-day matches earlier this year.

    "I am looking forward to the next eight months of international cricket probably more than I have any period of my career," Ponting, who became only the second Australian skipper to lose the Ashes twice after last year's 2-1 defeat, said on Monday.

    "I have been lucky to play in a lot of great teams ... but I feel the current team of players now is on the brink of doing something special as well.

    "Going through the Australian summer undefeated last year was a great achievement by the team but we will be better than that in the coming months."

    Australia head to the subcontinent to play two Tests and a one-day series against top-ranked test nation India in October before kicking off their home season with limited overs matches against Sri Lanka.

    They play the first of the five Ashes tests on November 25 at the Gabba in Brisbane.

    Despite beating Australia to win the Twenty20 World Cup and in their June/July one-day series, England would offer little new to ponder, Ponting said.

    'No surprises'

    "I guess the beauty about their side is that we have seen all their players a fair bit... There will be no surprises, as far as we are concerned, on what they can do."

    Ponting also had a dig at England's reliance on overseas-born players when asked about Irish cricketer Eoin Morgan's Ashes prospects.

    "I just have a feeling (England) really like Morgan, what he brings to their set-up – plus he's not English," Ponting said of the Dublin-born batsman.

    "I have got a lot of thoughts on why they pick those guys (non-England born players), it is quite surprising when you look at their side and work out how many there are.

    "But it doesn't matter where they are born, we have got to make sure whatever team they put out we are well equipped to break them down."

    SOURCE: Reuters


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