Do- or- die as Aussies pre­pare for Cup show­down with In­dia

Memo to: Ricky Ponting From: coach Tim Nielsen

Townsville Bulletin - - Cricket -

World Cup thus far, scor­ing 102 runs from five in­nings at 20.40.

Ten­dulkar, con­versely, is fly­ing. At 37, he has amassed 326 runs in six matches at 54.33 and, re­mark­ably, will cel­e­brate his 100th in­ter­na­tional ton if he reaches three fig­ures on Thurs­day.

At 36, Ponting ap­pears a bats­man in de­cline but his im­por­tance to Aus­tralia can­not be un­der­stated. When he hits a ton, the side rarely loses. On the 29 oc­ca­sions Ponting has posted triple fig­ures, Aus­tralia have lost just five times.

Mind­ful he will not face fel­low bat­ting ge­nius Ten­dulkar again at a World Cup, Ponting has ev­ery rea­son to fire.

‘‘ Hope­fully that big score will come for me," said Ponting, who man­aged just 19 against Pak­istan on Satur­day.

‘‘ It’s been a few games now and I cer­tainly haven’t scored the runs I would have liked to in the World Cup so far, but the big games are com­ing up and hope­fully I get some in the quar­ter-fi­nal.’’

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