“Spin will define Australia’s success in the World Cup” – Ricky Ponting
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting thinks that spin will be the most key factor for Australia to win their sixth title in the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.
Bowling spin and defending spin bowlers will be the most important thing, he believes. “What will define Australia’s success in the World Cup is, one, how well they bowl spin and, two, how well they play it,” the assistant coach of Australia in this year’s World Cup said. “That has been their Achilles’ heel the last 12 or 18 months. With [Adam] Zampa bowling admirably now, Nathan Lyon’s clearly in the squad and Glenn Maxwell’s worked admirably with the ball at whatever point he’s played.
“Furthermore, I think some of our middle order are likely marginally preferable players of spin now over they were 12 or 18 months ago. With Warner there now and Steve Smith returning, the middle order looks much preferred against spin bowling it presumably was.”
He also admits that the duo- Steve Smith and David Warner will face some problems from the crowds after their comeback to the national team following a 1-year ban for Newlands ball-tampering scandal. “They’re both playing really well. Steve Smith still believes he’s not most likely 100% fit presently – but rather he’s not far away. What’s more, Warner’s been the overwhelming batsman in the IPL,” the legend said. “Those two coming in, clearly they’re class players – they’ll have a considerable amount of issues to manage from the crowds and stuff when they get over there. In any case, they’re big boys. They’ve been there and seen everything previously. I’m certain they’ll be fine.”
Australia had been found their form recently as they won their last two series against India and Pakistan. Above all, they are now in 8-match winning streak. Most importantly, they always find their form at the World Cup when it really matters. “You must figure out how to build your way with the competition and ensure you’re playing your best cricket at the back alley. That is one thing Australian groups have constantly done. They’ve would in general play their best cricket in the World Cups and when it has made a difference in the defining moments.
“Australia has a pleased history. I realize that will be something that will be spoken about inside the group. But at the same time it’s an opportunity for this present group of players to become well known on the world stage and a possibility for them all to end up World Cup winners also,” the two-time World Cup winning captain said.
Australia will play two warm-up matches against England and Sri Lanka on May 25 and May 27 before they start their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on June 1 in Bristol.