X

Monday 19
August

Cricket

Ponting backs Australia to shine

10th February 2019, 15:09 by Tom Hill

Australia's assistant coach Ricky Ponting is confident his team can win the World Cup once Steve Smith and David Warner return.

The former captain and vice-captain are still banned after their part in the ball tampering scandal that rocked cricket in 2018.

Both players can return to action on March 29, but the duo do have elbow injuries to overcome.

Australia have slumped to sixth in the world rankings and have lost their last six ODI series in succession but Ponting believes his team can respond once the pair come back.

"India and England are probably the two standout teams right now but if you add Warner and Smith back into that line-up, I think that team looks as strong as any," Ponting told reporters in Melbourne.

"With the inclusion of two of the best one-day players in the world and a lot of experience, all of a sudden the team starts looking a lot better.

"I am not just saying that because I am one of the coaches, I actually said it when I wasn’t around the group.

"Conditions in England will suit our style of play ... I think Australia will be the one of the main contenders for sure."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

More Cricket

Cricket

Stokes tips Archer to keep menacing Aussies

19th August 2019, 19:05

Ben Stokes has backed "frightening" Jofra Archer to keep bouncing out the Australia batsmen in the next three Ashes Tests.

Cricket

Anderson keen to prove Ashes fitness

19th August 2019, 13:42

James Anderson will feature for Lancashire's second XI this week as he looks to prove his fitness levels to England.

Cricket

Archer has Aussies worried says Root

19th August 2019, 13:42

England captain Joe Root says Australia now have something to think about after Jofra Archer burst on to the Ashes scene.

Cricket

Smith reveals third Test hopes

19th August 2019, 00:17

Steve Smith hopes to be passed fit to play in the third Ashes Test after missing the final day of the second Test with concussion.

Cricket

England run out of time as Aussies claim a draw

18th August 2019, 19:48

England ran out of time in their bid to win the second Test at Lord's as Australia secured the draw to maintain their 1-0 series lead.

Cricket

Mills set to miss Sussex's T20 Blast bid

18th August 2019, 18:33

Sussex have confirmed that fast bowler Tymal Mills has picked up a back injury and is set to miss the rest of their T20 Blast campaign.

Recent Sport Headlines

Golf

Woods reflects on 'special' Masters win

19th August 2019, 19:49

Tiger Woods admitted his pride at winning the 2019 Masters but was disappointed not to make the Tour Championship.

Bayern Munich

Coutinho eyes long-term Bayern stay

19th August 2019, 19:33

Philippe Coutinho is hoping to make his loan switch to Bayern Munich permanent in the future and wants to win plenty of silverware at his new club.

Cricket

Stokes tips Archer to keep menacing Aussies

19th August 2019, 19:05

Ben Stokes has backed "frightening" Jofra Archer to keep bouncing out the Australia batsmen in the next three Ashes Tests.

Crystal Palace

Who will take home the Puskas Award?

19th August 2019, 19:03

With the 10 nominees for FIFA's Puskas Award confirmed, which player looks to have the best chance of claiming the spoils?

Rugby Union

Sheedy extension has Lam buzzing

19th August 2019, 19:01

Bristol Bears director of rugby Pat Lam was delighted that fly-half Callum Sheedy has opted to extend his time at the club.

Tottenham Hotspur

Winks’ boast may come back to haunt him

19th August 2019, 18:35

Harry Winks has talked up Tottenham’s chances of challenging the big two but he needs to remember they finished 27 points behind Manchester City last season.

Sheffield United

Baldock revels in new Blades deal

19th August 2019, 18:03

George Baldock says he is "absolutely buzzing" after signing a new contract at Sheffield United until the summer of 2022.

Real Madrid

Los Blancos lead Neymar race

19th August 2019, 17:32

Real Madrid are leading the race to bring Neymar back to Spain, according to reports.