Ricky Ponting criticises Australian batting after defeat against India

Ruben Hill
June 13, 2019

He further added that Smith's fine batting ability against the spinners was the other reason to take that decision.

"It happens quite a lot in the modern game where you see that right-hand, left-hand combination, especially if they've got a lot of spin".

Ponting has also praised the Australian limited-overs opening partners, Aaron Finch and David Warner. "I think they bowled really well early", Finch explained after the end of the match.

Usually one of the most aggressive openers in world cricket with a strike rate of 96.55 before serving his one-year ban, Warner has not been able to score at his usual pace in the ongoing World Cup.

His opening partnership with Finch didn't get off to the best start either with the captain run out after a mix up.

Warner entered the World Cup having blazed his way to a competition-leading 692 runs in the Indian Premier League, but Australia captain Aaron Finch said he had not consciously chose to be more circumspect in the longer format.

"Davey coming back has made runs".

After returning to the worldwide cricket, Warner has scored 89*, 3 and 56 runs in this Cricket World Cup.

"By his own admission [Warner] today he probably wasn't at his absolute best".

Chasing down that big target, Australia managed to score 48/0 in the first ten overs.

"It might be the conditions, it might be the ball", cricket.com.au quoted Maxwell as saying. "Our batting was just a little bit off again".

But Ponting believes that the Warner-Finch duo is capable of matching it with the very best. India posted a massive 352 for 5, riding on a professional performance by the top-order led by Shikhar Dhawan (117).

However, it would still not be an easy task for the defending champions to go past Sarfaraz Ahmad and his team, who would be brimming with confidence after their emphatic win over tournament favourites England in their last completed match. Ponting stated that they also needed a Dhawan-like inning in their top-order and that would have had put them in the game. "The momentum had just started to turn there, Finchy had started to find the boundary a bit more frequently", he said. Warner played out 50 dots in Australia's unsuccessful chase of 353, including 14 in a row at one point. "There's certainly enough skill and talent to turn it around pretty quickly", he added.

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