Ricky Ponting Feels David Warner, Steven Smith’s Inclusion to Reinforce Australia
The newly-appointed assistant coach for Australia National Cricket Team, veteran Ricky Ponting stated Australia would be boosted by the inclusion of the tainted Steven Smith and David Warner.
“With the inclusion of two of the best one-day players in the world and a lot of experience, all of a sudden the team starts looking a lot better,” Cricket.com.au quoted Ponting as saying.
On the other hand, Ponting’s assistance will be crucial for Australia. Under his leadership, the side has lifted the coveted World Cup trophy in 2003 and 2007 respectively.
The duo has faced the one-year suspension respectively for their involvement in the ball-tampering saga that unfolded at Cape Town in South Africa in 2018.
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Subsequently, Smith and Warner have been at the helm of affairs for the Kangaroos. The duo did a bulk of the job which eventually paid rich dividends for Australia in the recent past.
Meanwhile, Ponting reiterated their introduction would help Australia in the upcoming 2019 World Cup.
The best in business Smith and Warner rued on missing most of the cricketing schedule for Australia. However, they’re looking forward to making most of the opportunities–to earn back the trust following a folly.
Both Smith and Warner are going to making a return following their suspension. But it’s bound to take time as former skipper Smith is nursing an elbow injury. Eventually, he missed out a portion of the recently-held Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
On the other side, Warner has dealt a blow on his elbow while representing Sylhet Sixers against Rangpur Riders in the sixth edition of the BPL.
Before the kick off of the 2019 World Cup, Australia will take on Pakistan in the One-day International (ODI) series in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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The 44-year-old Ponting admitted the fact that India and England will be obviously teams to beat but reiterated Australia could become stronger with the addition of the two key players. He added the star cricketers know how to deliver under pressure situations.
“India and England are probably the two standout teams right now. But if you add Warner and Smith back into that line-up, I think that team looks as strong as any. And you’ll have guys that will handle pressure situations a lot better,” Ponting reiterated.
Following the kick off of the year 2018, Australia had a poor record in the 50-over format. They’ve played 16 games in which they went on to record just two wins.
“I think the thing that’s held us back the last few years in one-day cricket has probably been how we play spin bowling. That was certainly an issue when I was with the team in England last year. Moeen Ali and (Adil) Rashid tied our batsmen up,” Ponting maintained.
Besides, Ponting heaved a sigh of relief that Australia has a couple of batsmen in the line-up who could play spin quite well. He felt that the conditions in England won’t help spinners in the upcoming quadrennial event.
“Looking at our lineup now. There’s potentially a few better players of spin in the middle order than what we had this time last year. But you think about English conditions as well. The wickets probably shouldn’t spin too much throughout the World Cup,” Ponting concluded.
In conclusion, the 2019 World Cup campaign will kick off on May 30 and Australia would give their best in retaining the title.
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