Tuesday 4 September 2007 

Australia Hopeful Of Ponting Involvement In World Cup

Australia are hopeful that captain Ricky Ponting, who did not travel out to South Africa with the squad because of a 'family issue', will still play a part in the Twenty20 World Cup.

Speaking to reporters in Johannesburg, acting captain Adam Gilchrist said, "We'll have to wait and see about Ricky, but hopefully he will join us soon, we're just not 100 percent sure when.

"We're taking it day-by-day and keeping in touch with him, but I don't think he'll miss the whole tournament."

The Australians also arrived in South Africa without bowler Stuart Clark, who remained in Australia with his ill son, and Shane Watson, who has a hamstring injury.

Gilchrist said the squad was looking forward to the tournament and hopeful of adding yet another trophy to their cabinet:

"No one's won this tournament before, so it's a chance for us to make an impression," he said.

"There's been nothing up for grabs in the other Twenty20 games we've played, they've been more like exhibitions, but this is different and we're all going to learn a lot."

Australia start with a match against Zimbabwe on September 13th before taking on England a day later in Cape Town.