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“Full Faith In The Squad”: Ricky Ponting Backs Pat Cummins-Led Australia

Written by Praveen CA

After India’s six-wicket win against Australia in the fifth match of the tournament at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday, former Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting said that Pat Cummins’ side looked off the mark. While speaking in an ICC video that was shared on Instagram, Ricky Ponting said that it is very important to win matches at the World Cup and finish top of the table. Ponting also added that Australia cannot afford such mistakes in the tournament.

“Australia, to me, looked to be a fair way off the mark, to be honest, in that game against India. You can’t afford to be zip-and-two (0-2) in a World Cup. We know how important it is to finish up the top of the table,” Ricky Ponting said.

The former Aussie skipper also showered praise on Pat Cummins’ side and said that it is a very good and talented squad.

Ponting also added that Adam Zampa needs to perform well since the Aussies have only two spinners including Glenn Maxwell.

“But I’ve still got full faith in their squad. It is a very good squad, a very talented squad. We know there are a lot of all-rounders on that side. The other thing that I probably learned is that they’re going to need Adam Zampa bowling well. It’s as simple as that. With only Zampa and (Glenn) Maxwell as the recognised spinners in their playing XI for that first game, a lot of the wicket-taking onus is going to come back on Zampa. It didn’t happen in game one,” Ponting added.

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