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We played solid cricket: Ponting

Ahmedabad: Australian captain Ricky Ponting said his team played “solid and good cricket” in its opening match of the World Cup against Zimbabwe. “We know we have to improve our performance against spin, which I am sure we will do as we get used to the conditions. We have variation in our pace attack. It was one of the best performances in one-day cricket by Mitchell (Johnson),” said Ponting.

Zimbabwe coach Alan Butcher agreed that his team was outplayed.

“That's because of the 91-run margin. We don't get to play fast bowlers in Zimbabwe. Australia has an excellent fast bowling attack.

“We have to learn to face similar attacks more often in order to play international cricket. I think we will get better in the next matches,” he added.

Skipper Elton Chigumbura is hopeful of his spinners carrying the form into the remaining matches of the league.

“That's (spinners' bowling) a big positive from the match.” — Special Correspondent

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