ICC World Cup 2019: Ricky Ponting Cautions Australia Ahead of Crucial India Tie
After facing nervous moments against West Indies, the assistant coach of Australia Ricky Ponting has cautioned his team for the next World Cup match. The former skipper believes India could take notes from their Windies clash and include an extra pacer. Ponting felt Australia’s early wobble against Windies’ barrage of pace could very well be a ‘wake up call’ for India clash.
Going for a similar pace plan, Windies attacked Australia with short deliveries. And the method worked quite well as the defending champions lost four wickets for just 38 runs. This wasn’t just enough, the allrounder Marcus Stoinis handed over his wicket to leave his team reeling at 79-5.
Windies pacer Jason Holder got him out when the team was finally on move to reach a hundred mark. This performance got the world cup winning captain worried and called it as a ‘wake up call’ for the team.
Australia was put to test against bouncers.
“It could very well be a wake-up call. Just understanding that if you are under pressure in big games like World Cup games, finding a mechanism or a way to get through (is important),” said Ponting.
Ponting eager to use Usman Khawaja and Glenn Maxwell for Sunday clash
And in order to cope up with the pressure, Ponting is eager to work with Usman Khawaja along with Glenn Maxwell. Although both the players suffered against Windies attack. Khawaja had suffered blow on his helmet twice when he faced Andre Russell. Earlier in the warm-up match, he got hit on his helmet and then again on Thursday before he gave the catch to Shai Hope.
“Usman got hit again … so he’s had a few hits in the last few weeks. I haven’t spoken to him (to see) if he’s rattled, but that’s part and parcel of top order batting against brand new balls against guys who are bowling 140 kph an hour. You’ve got to find a way to cope and a way to get through hostile spells knowing that it’s not going to last forever.”
Following Usman Khawaja, Maxwell played a hook shot on his second ball which cost Australia another wicket. This was another uncharacteristic shot by Aussie batsmen which India could possibly use against him on Sunday.
Maxwell needs to work on short deliveries.
“It’s a bit of an uncharacteristic shot from (Maxwell) as well, he’s not a natural hooker and puller of the ball anyway,” said Ponting. “These are the things I want to ask him about as well when we finish up tonight, just get inside their heads a little bit. It’s just a little bit of a blip in the radar that we’ll have a chat about and make sure we’re prepared for the next game,” said Ponting.
The assistant coach and former skipper of Australia expect India to take advantage of their weakness. Ponting strongly believes that the 15-run win isn’t enough if they don’t see through the mistakes made. However, Australia stands stronger on the table with two wins in the two tournament clashes. They won their opening match against Afghanistan by seven wickets. India, on the other hand, had won their first match as well.
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