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Ricky Ponting picks his World Cup 2019 semi-finalists

Ricky Ponting expressed that England, Australia and India will surely find a place in the last four, while New Zealand may make the cut.

cricket Updated: Mar 16, 2019 18:17 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Virat Kohli and Aaron Finch pose with the ICC Cricket World Cup trophy.(AFP)

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting picked his semi-finalists for the ICC World Cup 2019. The two-time World Cup winning captain expressed that England, Australia and India will surely find a place in the last four, while New Zealand may make the cut.

“England, India, Australia and maybe New Zealand. Of course, you never know what Pakistan and West Indies are gonna do!” Ponting told Cricbuzz.

When asked whether the present Australian side hasn’t been aggressive enough on the field in their recent matches, Ponting said that it’s difficult to be aggressive when a team isn’t playing well enough.

“I don’t think they’ve been un-Australian. It’s quite hard to be aggressive when you’re not playing well, and I think the Australian team hasn’t played well for a while, until the last week or so,” Ponting said.

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Ponting, who had a storied career that saw him make 168 Test and 375 ODI appearances for the Australian national team, has weighed in on India’s number four debate with a surprise pick of his own.

Ponting, who will be coaching the rebranded Delhi Capitals in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), has propped up his franchise captain Shreyas Iyer for the number 4 slot in the Indian batting line-up.

“They tried a few even during the recent Australia series. Rayudu was there, Rishabh, Shankar. They could have also have tried Shreyas Iyer. He is a very good player. He has had a great domestic season. I am excited to catch up with him. It’s an interesting conundrum; maybe, they can fit in KL Rahul in that spot”, Ponting told Times of India in an interview.

First Published: Mar 16, 2019 17:18 IST