Centurion Ricky Ponting does not want Australia to “kill too much time” in their pursuit of putting up a huge first-innings total for taking 20 wickets could be hard work on a benign Adelaide Oval pitch on Tuesday.

 

“You have to be careful not to bat too long. It will be a tough wicket to take 20 wickets if you want to win this game.

 

We need to make sure we're not killing too much time,” said Ponting who struck an unbeaten 137 and put on 251 runs for the fourth wicket with skipper Michael Clarke (140) on day one of the fourth and final Test against India.

 

Such was Australia's domination that it raised questions about if it was the worst Indian attack he has faced Down Under.

 

“I don't remember the attack from 2003-04. That's a long time ago. I don't think this is a bad attack at all. Zaheer's one of the premier fast bowlers and has been for a while. But he has been down on match fitness and practice.

 

“Ishant is someone who has got me a lot in my career.

 

Yadav is someone up and coming. Ashwin, like we saw early this morning, has the capability to take early wickets with the new ball when there's not much on offer for bowlers.

 

I just think our batsmen in particular through this series have played particularly well. Most of the guys have put the hand up and made big runs. When you put that kind of pressure back on bowling attacks at different times every attack will look ordinary.” (PTI)