Australia Finalise ICC World Twenty20 Preparations

Featured News | 29th May 2009

Australia captain Ricky Ponting faced the media in a confident frame of mind ahead of Monday’s ICC World Twenty20 warm-up fixture against Bangladesh at Trent Bridge.

His squad arrived in Nottingham on Thursday where they will finalise their preparations for the tournament.

"We were disappointed with the way we exited the tournament the last time around,” said Ponting in reference to his side’s semi-final exit to India in South Africa in 2007.

"We will be very well prepared because we have learnt a lot about the game in the last couple of years. You can expect a bold showing from Australia.”

Australia can’t meet England until the semi-finals of the tournament but Ponting is ready for a pre-Ashes re-union.

“England played some very good cricket against the West Indies but the competition and opposition they'll be coming up against us is vastly stiffer than what they've faced in the last few weeks," said Ponting, who will face Sri Lanka and West Indies in the group stage of the tournament.

England face Scotland in a prestigious warm-up fixture at Trent Bridge on Tuesday and the first competitive fixture pitches reigning champions India against Bangladesh on Saturday 6 June.

If both teams qualify from their groups then England will face South Africa as part of a double-header at Trent Bridge on Thursday 11 June.

Tickets for all ICC World Twenty20 fixtures at Trent Bridge are available now by clicking here .

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Ricky Ponting in training at Lady Bay this morning

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