It’s Going to be an Open World Cup in England: Ricky Ponting
When it comes to the World Cup, there are just limited names that have had a worldwide impact. And there have been even fewer who have a record like the one the former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has under his belt.
The 1996 runner-up had played five World Cups in his outstanding cricket career. Ponting was part of the 1999 World Cup where his team ended up being the champions. Meanwhile, he led the team in 2003 and 2007 World Cups where his team were left unbeaten.
ICC World Cup 2019: England are the favourites, but India and Australia will be the worthy challengers
Ponting is Australia’s assistant coach to Justin Langer for the World Cup 2019. The Australian team has more or less found their squad to defend their World Cup title in England and Wales starting from 30th May.
In an interview, the assistant coach to Langer had expressed his views who are the favourites of the World Cup 2019. England’s recent good form in the limited-overs game has improved drastically. They have recently won the ODI series against Pakistan who has one of the best bowling attacks.
Ponting feels that being the host for this year’s World Cup will give them the upper hand on the game. But India and Australia will definitely throw a tough challenge for them.
He said, “Initially, it would be England for two reasons. England have started playing well in limited-overs(cricket) and the tournament will be played on(their) home(soil). Naturally, they will have some advantage. But they will be challenged by India and Australia.”
Ponting mentioned that while England are the clear favourites, this World Cup is going to be an “open world cup” where the other strong teams can cause them “upsets”.
Improved Bowling Attack has Added Spark to The Hopes of Winning The Title
With David Warner and Steve Smith back to the team, it has really boosted up the confidence of the team. Warner has been marvellous at the Indian Premier League (IPL) held this year, while Smith had seen some rough edges in fielding. Although, after Smith’s niggle during fielding in the IPL, Ponting feels that he will gradually attain his peak form.
On answering a query, Ponting mentioned that the return of Mitchell Starc back to the squad along with Pat Cummins who is in his best form as got Australia’s hopes up this season. Whereas, the addition of two front-line all-rounders Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell is an acing ion the cake.
He said, “Australia will play and fight to retain the World Cup. They will definitely throw a challenge to other contenders.”
Australia has won three consecutive World Cups with a power-packed bowling attack and strong team spirit. The team will be a force to reckon with in the awaited tournament of the year.
The Aussie team led by Aaron Finch will open their campaign in Bristol on June 1st against Afghanistan.
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