Ponting said there were no excuses for his side's defeat
Australia skipper Ricky Ponting felt his side paid for not taking their opportunities as they fell to defeat in the first Test against South Africa.
Ponting said his side should have set South Africa a larger second-innings target than 413 on a flat Perth wicket.
"I really think we had an opportunity to bat them out of the game with our second innings," said Ponting.
"Whether we weren't good enough, or mentally we weren't in the right place to do that, I'm not sure."
South Africa completed the second-highest successful run chase in Test history to become the first visiting side since West Indies in the 1988/89 season to win the first Test on Australian soil.
The six-wicket victory will also give the Proteas a chance to win their first Test Series against Australia since the nation's reintroduction to world cricket in 1992 and also to become the first side since the West Indies in 1992/93 to defeat the Aussies at home.
Ponting added: "It is a very disappointing result.
"It is a bit of a worry that we weren't good enough to take 20 wickets in this Test and to only take four in the fourth innings is very disappointing for everybody.
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