Former Australian coach John Buchanan, who joined the world champion team in 1999 with an “error-free” mantra, said the players were still to play a flawless game but were motivated to pursue pefection.
Buchanan said the Australians may not have a perfect game but they have a perfect team, which was always motivated to improve itself despite a number of records to their name.
“We haven’t played the perfect game (yet). But we do have the perfect team, one that constantly tries to improve itself, individually and collectively,” Buchanan said.
He said Australia’s pile of spoils grew but motivation never waned. “If it had, it might have meant we had the wrong players, if they needed some form of reward, punishment, external incentive,” he said.
“It hasn’t been about motivation. It’s been about creating an environment for a group of players who want to improve themselves all the time.
“We’ve never compared ourselves to our opposition. We would look at our opposition as preparation. But our comparison was always with ourselves. That’s one of the key reasons the Australian team is different,” he was quoted as saying by The Age.
Coaching an already world champion side was not a easy ask but Buchanan believed there was always room for improvement.
The secret of Australia’s continued success on the cricket field lay in the fact that the players treated themselves as the second best team in the world, captain Ricky Ponting said on Thursday.
When preparing for a match or a tournament, the team considered itself the number two team, which needed to get better, Ponting said.
According to the two-time World Cup winning skipper, “We must never be happy with what we have achieved and try as hard as anybody else.”
The Australian team did not set itself any targets when it went out on the field as they did not want to put any restrictions on themselves regarding the total.
“We never restrict ourselves because when you put restrictions on yourself, you cannot achieve great things,” the Tasmanian said.
The trials and tribulations in Indian cricket did not escape Ponting’s attention.
“I don’t really know….India is playing under a lot of mental pressure. We must learn how to cope with it.”
The respect Ponting had for Sachin Tendulkar also came through, as the Mumbai batsman was described as one of the all-time greats.
“He is the best batsman I have seen and I am trying to be as good as him.”
Ponting was speaking at a function announcing a scheme through which every run that he will score in one-day internationals throughout the year will help get underprivileged children to school.
June 14, 2007 (IDG News Service) — Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB will launch late Thursday in Berlin six new phones, including a high-end Walkman-branded handset with around 9GB of internal Flash memory, according to a company spokeswoman.
The music-centric Walkman will more than double the internal memory of previous models and feature a newly designed media player and large-touch display for easy navigating. But unlike Apple Inc.‘s planned iPhone, the new Walkman will include a keyboard.
“Our new Walkman mobile phone isn’t designed as a response to the iPhone but as a further development of the Walkman,” the Sony Ericsson spokeswoman said.
Sony Ericsson will also unveil the latest in its line of Cybershot camera phones, a 5-megapixel device.
Several new accessories will be introduced in Berlin, including a Global Positioning System unit that can be connected to a mobile phone and new Bluetooth headsets.
What the Japanese-Swedish joint venture will not be announcing in Berlin is a new video game-mobile phone based on Sony’s PlayStation Portable (PSP) handheld device, the spokeswoman said.
The blogosphere was full of rumors of a new PSP mobile phone after Japanese employees of Sony Ericsson last month filed a patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a mobile phone with video game features.
“The patent is registered; we register many patents,” the spokeswoman said. “But we don’t have a PSP mobile phone in the planning. I can’t say that we won’t see such a device in 10 years, but there are no plans to build one at the present time.”
The spokeswoman said that the company’s current focus is on music, imaging and the Web, but not on the PSP.
Which isn’t to say that PSP owners won’t be able to make calls soon.
Last month, BT Group PLC announced that it is working on a software-based Internet telephony package for the portable device. The system will allow PSP users to make voice and video calls across a Wi-Fi network. Later, it will be extended to cover calls and messages to PCs, fixed-line phones and cell phones.