UNFAVOURABLE DAYS FOR AUSSIES:
The Australian cricket team has not performed well in the recent games, especially in the limited-overs format. For the record, the leading ODI champions have lost 16 of their last 18 ODIs and have lost their four most recent bilateral 50-over series.
However, former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting still hopes the best for the teams.
He said,” Australia sill carries the best depth among any cricket nation and they can turn the table to successfully defend the World Cup in England and Wales next year”.
THERE’S STILL A HOPE
“One thing I am sure about is we’ve still got the best depth of any cricket nation in the world and I will continue to speak that time and again,” said Ponting. “We’ll keep on giving great players to the world cricket,” he added.
After being defeated in the five-match ODI series and they lost another one in T20I in England, Australia then went on to lose the final in the T20I Tri-Series involving Pakistan and Zimbabwe.
Due to their one-sided defeat against England in the 50-over format, they also collapsed to the sixth spot in ICC ODI Team Rankings, their worst in 34 years.
“The next one-day World Cup is only 12 months away. The last five games gave an opportunity for some younger players to learn from,” he added.
Ponting, who lead Australia to the 2003 and 2007 World Cup win, said Australia have got some really good players that have their best ability to challenge any team in the world in any existing conditions.
LET’S WAIT AND WATCH
“I’m really looking at what the future holds, not just right now but also for the next 20 years. We are an energetic cricket nation that keeps giving excellent players to the world cricket,” he said.
The Australian cricket board will also be hosting both South Africa and India for three-match ODI series this season, while the ICC’s Future Tour Programme has Australia for five-ODI tours of both India and Pakistan in February and March which will take place hopefully next year.