Ponting relief over century
Ricky Ponting was relieved to finally get some runs in India but admitted one innings does not make a tour.
Last Updated: 09/10/08 4:28pm
Ricky Ponting acknowledged there is plenty of work still to be done on Australia's tour of India after scoring a century on the opening day of the series in Bangalore.
The Aussie captain notched his 36th Test century - just three behind record holder Sachin Tendulkar - as he made 123 out of the tourists' 254-4 on day one of the first Test.
It is the first time Ponting has made a score of any consequence following three previous visits to India, where his average was just over 12, and he admitted that it was good to finally make his mark.
"It was nice to get some runs today," he said. "As I have said since I have been here, I have been working really hard and I have made no secret of it that my record here has been poor, and I want to rectify that."
However, Ponting said that he was anxious to build on the innings with the Aussies facing a long road ahead of them.
"Today is one step in the right direction and it was nice get the team into a good position, but one innings does not make a tour. I have got a few more yet to play," he added.
"At no stage today did I put any extra pressure on myself to play different shots or combat anything the bowlers were doing.
"It was all about watching the ball and playing it on its merits and trusting my defensive technique more than anything.
"It has been a pretty good day for us. One for none after three balls, I was out there early, and we managed to consolidate throughout the day.
"We lost two wickets late in the day, which was a bit disappointing for us, but overall we're in a pretty good position and 250 at the end of the day on that surface was a pretty good effort.
"We still have a bit of batting to come and hopefully the rest of the guys in the order can get some partnerships on the board and get us to a nice total."