Australia Open to Batting Reshuffle, Says Ricky Ponting

Paola Ditto
Giugno 14, 2019

The dazzling all-rounder said Warner and captain Aaron Finch "hit the field too much" in the first 10 overs, recording just 10 singles.

Warner entered the World Cup having blazed his way to a competition-leading 692 runs in the Indian Premier League, but Australia captain Aaron Finch said he had not consciously chose to be more circumspect in the longer format.

"The run out happened at a really crucial time (the 14th over)".

Despite all this, Ponting still has full faith in both the openers as he said: "Finch and Warner are probably as good as openers in the world". "It seems to be doing a little bit more than I expected over here".

Steve Smith came out to bat before Usman Khawaja and Ponting backed this decision by saying that they wanted a right-hand, left-hand combination during India's perilous spin attack. "By his own admission, (Warner) probably wasn't at his absolute best (against India). It happens quite a lot in the modern game where you see that right-hand, left-hand combination, especially if they've got a lot of spin", he said.

"Davey obviously didn't have his best day, but was able to stick it out for a longer period of time instead of throwing his wicket away early", Glenn Maxwell said. With time progresses, Australia's required run-rate was climbing up to the toughest level. "From about the 20-over mark on, something pretty spectacular had to happen from not just one, but probably two of our batters". India posted a massive 352 for 5, riding on a professional performance by the top-order led by Shikhar Dhawan (117). Ponting suggested the inability of Australia's openers to hit boundaries early in the run chase, combined with the untimely run out of Finch for 26, were key moments in the game that swayed the momentum in India's favour.

Ponting also defended Australia's top-order after it failed to fire against India. "There's certainly enough skill and talent to turn it around pretty quickly", he added.

The 2-1 Aussies are set to swing a bowling change when they look to bounce back from just their fourth loss from their past 47 World Cup games against Pakistan on Wednesday.

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