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    "We've still got the best depth of any cricket nation in the world": Ricky Ponting

    Australia are in the midst of their worst ever one-day international streak, but legendary former captain Ricky Ponting insists they will be a force at next year's World Cup.

    Led by first-time ODI skipper Tim Paine and new coach Justin Langer, Australia were last month handed a 5-0 drubbing by world No.1 ODI side England in the United Kingdom, the venue for next year's showpiece event.

    Australia, the reigning one-day world champions, have now lost 16 of their past 18 ODIs (the worst 18-game stretch in their 47-year ODI history) and have lost their four most recent bilateral 50-over series (the first time they have ever lost that many series on the trot).

    But Ponting, a three-time World Cup winner and twice as captain, boldly asserted Australia will be able to match it with the best when they begin their title defence in June next year.

    "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," the 43-year-old said at a Channel Seven promotional event. "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.

    "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."

    Australia will host both South Africa and India for three-match ODI series this summer, while the International Cricket Council's Future Tours Programme has the Aussies down for five-ODI tours of both India and Pakistan in February and March next year.

    Fitness pending, at least four first-choice players missing from the England whitewash due to injury – Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitch Marsh – look set to resume their places for those forthcoming one-dayers at home.

    But banned duo Steve Smith and David Warner will not. Their suspensions from the Cape Town ball tampering incident run through to late March, which may leave them short of 50-over match practice before the World Cup.

    It leaves a lot of question marks for Australia's limited-overs brains trust, yet Ponting is confident Langer is creating a dressing room culture that players will thrive in during the coming years.

    "The environment Justin Langer will create around that team will be a place that everyone will just get better, they'll just improve, they'll love the environment," said Ponting, who will commentate for Channel Seven this summer.

    "I'm really excited about what the future holds not just right now but for the next 20 years. We are a passionate cricket nation that keeps producing good players.

    "We've got some seriously good players that at their best will challenge any team in the world in any conditions."

    After helping out as an assistant to Langer during the England ODI series, Ponting also confirmed on Tuesday he plans to continue working with Australia's limited-overs sides when time permits.

    https://www.cricket.com.au/news/rick...ger/2018-07-11

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    I guess when you put Warner, Smith & Starc back in the line up, it does look a quality team.

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    Sorry Ponting but I disagree. Some of your second string players are mediocre.

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    He is right. A full strength Aussie side is up there with India and England.

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    They have good depth. I don't disagree. Just because they lost it doesn't mean they don't have depth. Problem is each time you collect bunch of fringe players they fail not because they don't have the ability but because they take time to gel as a team. Biggest challenge while testing bench strength is that not the quality itself.

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    Will be interesting re: Smith and Warner when they come back IF they get in the team.

    I guess those are the decisions you get paid for.

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    I would have agreed to it around a month back but from what we saw during england odi series, Australia has one of the worst batting lineups. They can't play spin and they can't score fast.

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    Australia will be back. You can't write them off.

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    Australia's biggest problem as been finding a decent wicket keeper batsman. None of the options they have tried recently worked for them. A full strength team should look like this. It is a good outfit but not really among the top 3.

    1. Warner
    2. Finch
    3. Smith
    4. S Marsh
    5. Maxwell/Head
    6. M Marsh
    7. Wicket-keeper?
    8. Cummins
    9. Starc
    10. Hazlewood
    11. Zampa

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    He's right you can never write off Australia in a world cup.

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    No good spinner, no quality middle order batsman other than Smith and a pretty mediocre keeper batsman. On top of that bench strength is really weak.

    They always do well in world cups so cant right them off but overall its not a world beater team and rightly 6th ranked

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackShadow View Post
    He is right. A full strength Aussie side is up there with India and England.
    Full side got destroyed in their own backyard in January. Lost to England in the CT last year, got saved against NZ due to rain. Lost in NZ before that. Aussies have been a poor ODI side away for the last 2 years.

    I don't see them making the semis next WC.


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    Quote Originally Posted by aloo paratha View Post
    Full side got destroyed in their own backyard in January. Lost to England in the CT last year, got saved against NZ due to rain. Lost in NZ before that. Aussies have been a poor ODI side away for the last 2 years.

    I don't see them making the semis next WC.
    I won't write off Aus in WC despite some poor performances. I also agree with Ponting about depth, but I think depth is mainly true for pace bowlers.


    "If this happens I will swim across the Charles River! In winter!" -- OZGOD on NZ batting 6 sessions

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    They are in the same position they were in the 2011 WC and 2013 CT. "Depth" but no real threatening batsman and no true bowlers, just bits and pieces guys with a mediocre WK/batsman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buffet View Post
    I won't write off Aus in WC despite some poor performances. I also agree with Ponting about depth, but I think depth is mainly true for pace bowlers.
    WC19 is in England and no pace bowler can save them on these small pattas.Even Starc was manhandled twice in Australia itself.And apart from Smith, none of them can play spin or even swing.Warner was all at sea against Bhuvi when he found some swing in India in last bilateral.

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    I think Hazlewood and Starc must be in ODI lineup. Plus a decent spinner. Agar is not the right choice. Where is Adam Zampa? And then with Smith and Warner in ranks, it will be one of the changing teams again

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    Imran Khan disagrees.


    "Nations are born in the hearts of poets, they prosper and die in the hands of politicians."-Iqbal

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    Too much depth and you're gonna drown #Quoteoftheday

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