India hard to beat at home: Ponting

Sydney: Hampered by injuries to key players, the Australian cricket team took off for India to play a seven-match ODI series with skipper Ricky Ponting conceding that despite their Champions Trophy debacle, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men would be hard to beat in home conditions.

“They will be particularly hard to beat in India, they always are. They definitely play a lot better at home than they do when they travel,” Ponting told reporters before the Aussies boarded their flight to India yesterday.

India crashed out of the Champions Trophy in the group stage itself.

Australia, on the other hand, are high on confidence after clinching their second successive Champions Trophy title.

But Ponting said injuries to regular vice-captain Michael Clarke and batsman Callum Ferguson has disturbed the balance of the side and selection would be a major headache during the tour.

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