Ponting backs Warner in tough time

David Warner had a miserable Ashes as he failed to score even a fifty in the 5-match Test series against the hosts England.

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David Warner had an Ashes to forget as he failed to perform in any of the five matches. However, despite being in an awful form, Ricky Ponting has assured that he will play against Pakistan in the upcoming series.

“Warner’s going to be a lock. I don’t care if he gets another duck in the second innings of this Test match (at the Oval), he’s going to be a lock for the Australian summer. Marnus is an absolute lock. Smith’s a lock. (There are) still question marks around the guys in the middle, (Matthew) Wade and (Travis) Head,” he said.

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Ponting also thinks Tim Paine should continue as captain during the summer Tests against Pakistan and New Zealand.

“With so many gaps like that, I’d like to see somebody like Pucovski get an opportunity,” he added. “Everyone’s talked about him for a long time. A couple of years before the next Ashes series you want to try and blood someone in that No.6 role and he’d be the obvious candidate,” he concluded.

Pucovski scored  a superb 243 for Victoria against Western Australia last season, which saw him parachuted into the national setup for two Tests against Sri Lanka. The batsman was overlooked for the first one in Brisbane and again missed out on selection for the second in Canberra before being released to deal with mental health issues. He had suffered similar problems in the past.

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