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Australian cricket team will keep producing great players: Ricky Ponting

Former captain Ricky Ponting says the Australian cricket team has the depth to match any other opponent

cricket Updated: Jul 11, 2018 14:00 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Australian cricket team,Ricky Ponting,Mitchell Starc
Australian cricket player Ricky Ponting speaks during a news conference in Sydney February 21, 2012. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz/File Photo(Reuters)

Ricky Ponting has thrown his support firmly behind the struggling world champions Australia, who have lost last 16 out of 18 ODIs in the lead up to the next year’s World Cup in England.

Australia are coming off a historic 0-5 hammering at the hands of England — the venue for the World Cup 2019 — and have remained without the services of their five key players.

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The team’s best batsmen — Steve Smith and David Warner — are currently serving one-year bans each for their role in the Sandpapergate scandal whereas fast bowling troika of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins is on a comeback trail from injury layoffs.

Despite their struggles, Ponting, who worked with the Australian team as a coach during their England tour, has expressed confidence in future.

“One thing I do know is we’ve got still the best depth of any cricket nation in the world and I will continue to say that. We’ll keep producing great players,” Ponting said at a Channel Seven promotional event, reported cricket.com.au.

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“It’s only 12 months away from the next one-day World Cup. The last five games — (while) the results did not quite go our way, it gave an opportunity for some younger guys to get some games under their belts. There are 16 one-dayers to be played between now and the next World Cup,” he added.

“I’ll guarantee you when you put the Australian group of 15 players down on a sheet of paper, that group will line up as good as any other team in the world,” Ponting expressed.

The former captain and three-time World Cup winner has expressed confidence in Australia’s new coach Justin Langer.

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“The environment Justin Langer will create around that team will be a place that everyone will just get better, they’ll just improve, they’ll love the environment. I’m really excited about what the future holds not just right now but for the next 20 years,” Ponting said.

“We are a passionate cricket nation that keeps producing good players. We’ve got some seriously good players that at their best will challenge any team in the world in any conditions,” he said.

First Published: Jul 11, 2018 14:00 IST