The fans of Australian cricket have seen a ray of hope after it was announced that former skipper Ricky Ponting has been appointed as the ‘Assistant Coach’ for the Kangaroos till the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup later this year.
The ‘Men in Yellow’ have to defend the title successfully and given an appropriate answer to everyone who believes that ‘Australian Cricket is dying’. People and experts made these comments after seeing some of the recent performances by the team.
However, the newly appointed Assistant Coach believes that Australia can successfully defend its World Cup title in England later this year with Steve Smith and David Warner back in the fray.
Ponting shared, “Absolutely, I actually do. Inaid and England are probably the two standout teams right now but if you add David Warner and Steve Smith back into that lineup, I think that team looks as strong as any. The conditions in England will definitely suit our style of play.”
Two of their star players, Warner and Smith, will be available for selection against from March 29, when their one- year bans from international cricket expire. Right-hand batsman Cameron Bancroft, who was suspended for nine months, is already back and was seen scoring runs in the ongoing edition of Big Bash League.
Speaking about the impact Warner and Smith make in the squad, the 44-year-old former cricketer shared, “Once we get Warner, Smith, and Bancroft back into the fray and looking ahead to the World Cup, I don’t think their will too many better teams on paper. You have got a lot of experience as well as a fair bit of youth going into that tournament.”
Adding, “Any team I have been a part of, we have always had a really good mix of youth and experience and this current group has that going into the World Cup.”
Ponting, a close friend of head coach Justin Langer, will start his work after Australia’s upcoming One-Day tours against India and Pakistan.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar