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Ricky Ponting didn't wait for the umpires to call play to go on the offensive; his first press conference of the tour was all about pressure - pressure on India given their recent successes, the pressure of accommodating senior players into a settled side, the pressure of the one-day format, the on-field pressure typically exerted by the Australian style of cricket.

"They [India] definitely deserved it, look at the last three teams they beat. They thoroughly deserve to come back as champions but that's finished now," he told the press at a Bangalore hotel on Thursday. "We've got to look at the seven games we have here in India and we know what we have to do to win on the subcontinent. If anything now, a bit of the pressure will come back on the Indians."

What impact would the return of India's three senior batsmen - Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly - have on the team and the series? "Three very good and experienced players coming back will obviously add a bit to the Indian team. But the one thing that stood out for all of us, looking at the Indian team throughout the Twenty20, was the amount of youthfulness they had in the team. It's been well-documented that they fielded well all tournament and I think it's a fresh outlook on the game. The thing for us is that we've play against those guys a lot [Dravid, Ganguly, Tendulkar] and we should know their strengths and weaknesses very well. If anything, it'll probably make it a lot easier for us to play India with those guys in the team."

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India is one confident team going into the game with Australia! They want to win every game now! Much different attitude than the one they had to begin with!
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