MUMBAI (AFP) Australia hope to continue their winning streak when they clash with India in a seven-match one-day series starting on Sunday, captain Ricky Ponting said. The world champions thrashed England 6-1 in September before winning the eight-nation Champions Trophy in South Africa earlier this month to regain their number one ranking in one-day cricket. We have been playing very good one-day cricket for the last few months, beginning from the England tour, and we want to continue with that, Ponting told a pre-series media conference on Wednesday. We could not have done better than what we did in the last few one-day games. But we have a fresh set of challenges here. India, ranked second behind Australia, were knocked out in the first round of the Champions Trophy, but will be boosted by the return of hard-hitting batsmen Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh from injuries. India has a very good and strong one-day team and we are not underestimating them, Ponting said. We are the number one and number two teams in the world and this points to an entertaining and good contest over the next few weeks. We just need to keep improving and be at our best right through the series. Ponting conceded that he will have to shoulder additional responsibility in the absence of his deputy Michael Clarke due to a back injury. Also missing are wicket-keeper Brad Haddin, batsman Callum Fergusson and seamer Nathan Bracken. The challenge will be how our middle-order batsmen cope up with playing spin bowling over the next few weeks, the Australian captain said. (Michael) Hussey has played a lot of cricket here. Shane Watson and Tim Paine play spin well. I am confident the team would do a very good job. Ponting is the third highest run-getter in one-day cricket with 12,044 runs, behind Indias Sachin Tendulkar (16,903) and Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya (13,377). Ponting finished with the highest aggregate of 228 runs from five matches in the Champions Trophy and was named the player of the tournament. I have played some of my best one-day cricket over the last few months, he said A lot of responsibility is on my shoulders as the number three batsman in the team. The first one-dayer will be played in the western city of Vadodara on Sunday. Meanwhile, Ricky Ponting said on Wednesday he would prefer to win matches for Australia than chase the record-breaking feats of Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar. Its not about personal achievement or how many runs you score. Its the number of games you can win for your team, Ponting said ahead of a seven-match one-day series against India. I will do my best to win quite a few games for Australia in the next couple of weeks. I will keep plugging away, doing the best I can and hopefully keep playing well enough to win a number of games for Australia. Thats what its all about. Ponting, who turns 35 in December, is considered the nearest contender to surpass Tendulkar, who has the most runs and centuries in both Test and one-day cricket. The Australian captain acknowledged the feats of the long-serving Indian star, saying Tendulkar, 36, had set a benchmark for international players in the world. Hes going into his 20th year in international cricket, which in itself is a remarkable feat within itself, said Ponting. The records he has set in Test and one-day cricket would be hard for anybody to tame down the track. Tendulkar, has scored 12,773 Test runs with 42 centuries since his debut in November, 1989 against Pakistan. He also has 16,903 one-day runs with 44 hundreds. Ponting, in contrast, has scored 11,345 Test runs with 38 centuries and 12,044 one-day runs with 28 hundreds. Ponting and Tendulkar will face off when the first one-dayer opens in Vadodara on Sunday.