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Last Updated: Tuesday, 14 March 2006, 18:36 GMT
Aussies re-focus for Test series
Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting's side will make at least five changes for the Test
Adam Gilchrist says Australia will not let their extraordinary one-day loss to South Africa affect performance in the first Test, starting on Thursday.

The tourists conceded their first two-team series in four years, in the highest-scoring one-day game ever.

"I don't think Sunday's result changes the way you prepare for a Test. We've put that behind us," said Gilchrist.

"You start again with the white gear on and we've got about five or six changes to our personnel."

South Africa chased down a world record target of 435 to win the final ODI on Sunday, clinch the series 3-2 and gain a boost before moving to Cape Town for the Test.

"It was an extraordinary game but it's not like we were embarrassed to any extent," Gilchrist said.

"Both teams knew they had featured in something quite unique and there's plenty of good things we can take out of it that will help us flow on nicely to the Tests.

"Regardless of how that result went, we were expecting South Africa to turn up on Thursday fully prepared to play Test cricket."

Australia have been rejoined by star spinner Shane Warne and opening batsmen Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer, who did not play in the one-day series.

They have still not settled on the composition of their attack, although Brett Lee looks certain to spearhead an attack lacking Glenn McGrath, who stayed at home to be with his ill wife.

South Africa are concerned about Shaun Pollock's back strain, which kept the all-rounder out of Sunday's match.


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