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Last Updated: Thursday, 23 November 2006, 08:22 GMT
Ponting elated with Aussie start
Ricky Ponting
Ponting has now scored nine tons in his last 13 Tests
Australia skipper Ricky Ponting was delighted with his side's start to the Ashes after smashing his 32nd Test century on day one at Brisbane.

"The openers got us off to a great start, got the shine off the ball nice and early and put the England bowlers under pressure," said Ponting.

"It was a terrific wicket to bat on and the ball didn't help the England bowlers as much as in the last series.

"Hopefully I can get a few more and the guys below me can make some runs."

Sometimes the more nervous you are the better you play

Ricky Ponting

Ponting, who equalled Steve Waugh's Australian record of Test match tons, added that his side had fed off the pre-match nerves.

"Before the game I could sense everyone was excited and it's always good to be nervous," said Ponting.

"But sometimes the more nervous you are the better you play."

Looking forward to Australia's turn with the ball, Ponting said that spinner Shane Warne had been encouraged by proceedings so far.

Occasional England off-spinner Kevin Pietersen found plenty of turn late on and the Gabba is Warne's favourite Australian Test ground.

"There was a bit of spin there and Shane's already asked me what end Pietersen was bowling from. There will be some spin for him."

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