16 Dec 2008

Ponting confident Aussies are near top form to face South Africa in first cricket test

2:18 pm on 16 December 2008

Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting is confident his side is nearing top form ahead of the first Test against South Africa starting in Perth on Wednesday.

Ponting says Australia's 2-nil series victory over New Zealand has given his side a much-needed morale boost heading into the three-Test series.

Ponting says the Aussies are still ranked number one in the world and he expects the team to play a brand of cricket that will keep them at number one for a while to come.