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Ponting draws line on aggression for ODI series against New Zealand

Napier: Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has warned his players against letting their on-field aggression go too far during the ongoing Chappell-Hadlee ODI series against New Zealand.

Both camps are reveling in the passion and emotion generated by New Zealand’s sensational victory in the second international Twenty20 game and the opening clash of the five-match one-day series at Napier.

Tempers were flaring during the Napier ODI where Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson’s head-butt to New Zealand batsman Scott Styris”s helmet took hostilities into another realm.

Interacting with the media during the match-eve interview, Australian opening batsman Shane Watson admitted that Ponting had addressed the players immediately after the loss at Napier.

“Ricky sat down with us and had a chat about it. It’s important. We want to make sure that we’re competitive, but we don’t step over the line,” The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Watson, as saying.

“Ricky let us know that there is a line and no matter what, we can”t cross it. We can’t afford for anyone to get suspended or get fined because it”s not in the spirit of the game.”

“I think people enjoy watching two guys in the battle; that’s what everyone loves to see. I do as a player and as a spectator as well, but you just cannot cross that line,” he added.

On the Johnson-Styris spat, Watson said: “I can’t comment on what instigated it, all I saw was the end result, them coming very close together. It’s just one of those things. But it was such a high-pressured part of the game.”

“Scott Styris was batting beautifully and really starting to go after our bowling. Unfortunately the guys stepped over the mark a little bit, there’s no doubt about that,” Watson added. (ANI)

South Africa skipper Smith out of ODI series

South Africa captain Graeme Smith has been ruled out of the three-match ODI series against India due to injury.

Smith had fractured his small finger on the left hand during the practice before the Test at Eden Gardens. Smith has been advised rest for 10 days by the doctor.

Jacques Kallis will be leading the team in the ODI series inplace of Smith.

India will also be playing without Zaheer Khan, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh due to injuries.

Zaheer Khan ruled out of ODI series

India left arm Fast bowler Zaheer Khan has been ruled out of the three-match ODI series against South Africa due to injury.

Zaheer Khan got his leg injured while playing on the fourth day of the second Test against South Africa.

S Sreesanth has been included in the team in place of injured Zaheer khan.

Zaheer joined Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh who will also not be playing due to injuries.

Harbhajan Singh has opted out of the first two ODIs because of his sister’s marriage.

Team: MS Dhoni (Captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, S Sreesanth, Ashish Nehra, Sudeep Tyagi, Praveen Kumar, Abhishek Nayar, Yusuf Pathan, Amit Mishra.

Yusuf Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin included in the ODI squad

Indian Team for the first two one dayers against South Africa has been announced Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been included in India’s 15-member ODI squad.

Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh were left out due to groin injury and wrist injury respectively. Harbhajan Singh has also not been included in the squad because of personal reasons.

Yusuf Pathan, Praveen Kumar and Abhishek Nayar have been included in the squad for the first two matches against South Africa.

The squad: MS Dhoni (capt), Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Sudeep Tyagi, Praveen Kumar, Abhishek Nayar, Yusuf Pathan, Amit Mishra.