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Last Updated: Monday, 14 January 2008, 07:49 GMT
Ponting admits Australia errors
Australia skipper Ricky Ponting
Ponting's conduct has been questioned by the Australian media
Australia captain Ricky Ponting said his side had made mistakes in their controversial second Test victory over India at Sydney.

The win was overshadowed by accusations of unsportsmanlike behaviour as well as Harbhajan Singh's three-match ban.

"I know when I was given out in the first innings in Sydney I should have left straight away instead of hanging around for a few seconds," he said.

"Michael Clarke also knows that he should have gone straight away too."

The manner of Australia's 122-run win at the SCG prompted India captain Anil Kumble to declare "only one team was playing within the spirit of the game".

We need to tighten up on how we play

Ricky Ponting

The match had been marred by poor umpiring decisions and a series of contentious catches and over-appealing, as well as Harbhajan's alleged racist remark to Andrew Symonds.

The fallout has seen sections of the Australian media and public criticise the team for its behaviour, prompting Ponting to call a team meeting to review their conduct.

"We looked back at last week's game and discussed little areas where we believed we could improve things," he told The Australian newspaper.

"We are certainly not brushing off the criticism because if there is a public reaction like there has been - there are some areas we need to improve.

"I believe there are no glaring issues we need to address, but when they are all added together in the heat of such a tense and dramatic final day, they caused a reaction, so we need to tighten up on how we play."


The victory equalled Australia's run of 16 successive Test victories, but Ponting said he was disappointed the achievement had been overshadowed by off-the-field events.

"The sad thing is that the focus has been taken off our terrific win because we've been talking about other things," he said.

Australia have named an unchanged side for the third Test in Perth, starting on Wednesday, although they have doubts over Matthew Hayden and have called up Chris Rogers as cover.

The opener is struggling with a hamstring injury and his fitness will be monitored in the build-up to the match.

Brad Hogg, who has had his case for directing offensive remarks to Anil Kumble and Mahendra Singh Dhoni dropped, is also also named but he could miss out if Australia go with four quicks.

I think it would be good to see four quicks, especially with an exciting guy like Tait waiting in the wings

CA's James Sutherland

The Waca ground is traditionally a fast and bouncy wicket and fast bowler Shaun Tait is expected to be named in the starting XI.

"Pace and bounce, that's our overriding characteristic that we look for in a wicket at the WACA, so it will be no different this Test," said Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland.

"I think it would be good to see four quicks... especially with an exciting guy like Tait waiting in the wings. I think a lot of people are looking forward to that."

The Waca will see the introduction of New Zealand umpire Billy Bowden after the International Cricket Council agreed to replace Steve Bucknor for the Test to avoid a "possible diplomatic incident".

India were unhappy at some of the umpiring decisions made by West Indian veteran and subsequently made their protestations to the ICC.

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