Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has come out in the support of the Australian ODI team. The one-day team of Australia is going through tough times. The team has lost all the matches in the 5-match ODI series against England. With World Cup is less than a year away, the Australian ODI team is currently facing a huge crisis.
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting says that the team will be the force to reckon with in the next year’s World Cup. Australia, currently the defending champions, have lost the 16 of the last 18 games they have played. Under the new captain Tim Paine and new coach Justin Langer, the new team has not been able to keep its feet firm on the ground.
Ricky Ponting backs the team amidst crisis
Speaking at the promotional event of the Channel Seven, former Australian captain Ricky Ponting says Australia will be able to match its standards in the World Cup. “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. 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”, says Ricky Ponting who won the World Cup three times (1999, 2003, 2007) with twice as a captain (2003, 2007).
Australia are supposed to play a total of 16 ODI games before heading for the World Cup. Ricky Ponting says the games will provide enough time and opportunity to the team as well as players to get back on the track. “There are 16 one-dayers to be played between now and the next World Cup. 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”, further quotes Ricky Ponting.
Australian ODI team is badly hit by the suspension of Steve Smith and David Warner, who are among the most valuable players across the formats. Both the players are expected to return to the national team after serving the ban of 12 months imposed on them by Cricket Australia following their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal during the test series against South Africa.