For all the enormous experience, cricketing insight and eagerness for hard work that Ricky Ponting will bring to Australia’s 2019 World Cup campaign as assistant to head coach Justin Langer, his biggest contribution will more than likely be the quality he showed in plenty while speaking about the role at the MCG on Sunday.
actually do [think Australia can win the World Cup], England and India are probably the two standout teams right now, but if you add Warner and Smith back into that line-up, then that team looks as strong as any,” Ponting said. “I’m not just saying that because I’m one of the coaches, I’ve actually said it when I wasn’t around the group. I absolutely feel we can, the conditions in England will suit our style of play as well. I’m sure when the odds come out, I think Australia will be one of the main contenders for sure.
“I actually think Australian cricket’s quite strong. Once we get Warner, Smith and Bancroft and those guys back into the fray, even looking ahead to the World Cup, I don’t think there’ll be too many better teams on paper going into the World Cup, and I’ve said that for a long time.
“I think the thing that’s held us back really in the past few years in one-day cricket is how we’ve played spin bowling,” Ponting said. “That’s been an issue and it was certainly an issue when I was with the team in the UK last year. Moeen Ali and [Adil] Rashid tied our batsmen up. Looking at our line-up now there are potentially a few better players of spin in the middle order than what we had this time last year. That’s one area.