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‘Looking forward to playing T20 world champions’

Australian captain Ricky Ponting on Friday said his team was not looking at Saturday’s one-off Twenty20 cricket match as a chance for revenge against India for their loss in the World Championships in South Africa.

“There’s nothing about trying to get even. We are looking forward to playing against the Indian team which won this format of the World Championship a few weeks ago. This match has been talked about even more than the (seven-match) ODI series,” Ponting said on the eve of the Twenty20 International at the Brabourne Stadium here.

“We were pretty disappointed about losing the last ODI from a winning position. We lost to the Indians in the T20 World Championship. But you win some and lose some. What’s important is enjoying the game. It’s an enjoyable format,” said the Tasmanian batsman.

Australia were knocked out by the Mahendra Dhoni-led side in the semi finals of the T20 event at Durban and went on to clinch the inaugural world crown in the shortest format of the interntional game.

Ponting also said some of the Australian cricketers were down with sore throats, including left-arm wrist spinner Brad Hogg, who was a key member of the ODI squad that defeated the hosts 4-2 in the series that ended on October 17.

“We will have to take a call on Brad Hogg later this evening. He has a sore throat,” said the Aussie skipper who expected in-form opener Matthew Hayden to return to action after missing the last two ODIs because of a hip injury.

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