Ponting urges top-order players to deliver

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- AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, LONDON

Jun 15, 2018-Australia batting great Ricky Ponting has said the top-order must deliver “big runs” after the world champions went 1-0 down in a one-day international (ODI) series away to England.

The 2019 World Cup hosts beat Australia by three wickets in the first of a five-match campaign at The Oval on Wednesday. Although England stuttered during their chase, Australia were always in trouble after being dismissed for just 214, with spin again proving their undoing as England specialist slow-bowlers Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid accounted for five members of their top seven between them.

Glenn Maxwell (62) and Ashton Agar (40) tried to repair the damage but their sixth-wicket stand of 84 couldn’t change the course. Ponting, one of the outstanding batsmen of his generation, has joined the backroom staff of new Australia coach and former Test teammate Justin Langer for the tour.

Reflecting on Australia’s slump to 90-5 on Wednesday, Ponting said: “It highlighted again the importance of our top-order batsman taking responsibility and getting some big runs.We lost an early wicket but I thought Marsh and Finch’s partnership looked really promising. But both of them getting out in successive overs to Moeen Ali, and all of a sudden we are behind the eight ball.”

Nevertheless, Ponting was confident of an improvement before the fifth ODI in Manchester on June 24.

“It didn’t happen (Wednesday) but there is certainly enough skill and talent there to push on and win some games through the remainder of this series,” he said. This is Australia’s first international campaign since a controversial tour of South Africa.

Published: 15-06-2018 08:52

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