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Last Updated: Sunday, 29 April 2007, 09:42 GMT 10:42 UK
Ponting expects continued success
By Martin Gough
BBC Sport in Barbados

Ricky Ponting
Ponting is confident Australia will stay top dogs

Ricky Ponting believes Australia can continue to dominate cricket despite the loss of some leading players.

Shane Warne and Justin Langer retired after the Ashes victory and Glenn McGrath bowed out after Saturday's World Cup final triumph over Sri Lanka.

"I fully expect us to win every game we play, it doesn't matter what the make-up of the team is," he said.

"When we get some younger guys in the Test and one-day side in the next few months I still expect us to win."


Fast bowler Shaun Tait, a late replacement in the side who finished the World Cup with 23 wickets is just one example of a young player slotting straight into the team.

"I know the quality of those players is first-class; our domestic cricket is very strong and we've seen the young guys play a fair bit.

"When they do come into the Test and one-day sides I'd like to think that the performances won't drop off at all. I'm not worried - I'm looking at it as a more exciting time in my career."

Shaun Tait
Shaun Tait will now look to win a place in Australia's Test line-up

Matthew Hayden, the World Cup's leading scorer with 659 runs, has already stated that he will continue his career, although he is 35 years old.

And Adam Gilchrist, another 35-year-old, whose 149 was the highest score ever in a World Cup final, said his intention for now was to continue in both forms of the game.

"I will never make a decision on my career when I'm really down and flat or when I'm really high or emotional," he said.

"I'll walk away and let things settle down a bit but that's my plan at the moment - to keep going."

Ponting paid tribute to John Buchanan, who took over as coach after Australia's 1999 World Cup triumph and retires after this one.

"We shouldn't let the coach get away with saying all he does is drag the bags out and set the gear up," the Aussie skipper added.

"He's tested us all and challenged us all the whole time he has been in charge of this team.

"He's always been overlooked. It's not an easy thing to do to take over a team playing good cricket and make it better - he's been able to do that."

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