Australian top order can deliver if Warner wavers: Ponting


Australia’s top order can turn things around if opener David Warner makes another slow start, assistant coach Ricky Ponting said ahead of their World Cup game against Pakistan. Warner came in for criticism after making just 56 runs off 84 balls against India, with Australia eventually falling 36 short of a target of 353 to lose the match. And against Afghanistan, seen as having the weakest bowling force at the tournament, Warner also scored at a strike rate well below his career average of 95.

“Davey coming back has made runs. By his own admission… (he) probably wasn’t at his absolute best,” Ponting told cricket.com.au, adding that Warner was not able to rotate as he would have liked against India. Ponting said Australia was in need of “something pretty spectacular” after the slow start but has the ability to do so. “There’s certainly enough skill and talent to turn it around pretty quickly,” he added.

David Warner and Steven Smith, back in Australian colours

The Rohit Sharma pull shot. Can you ever un-see it? Can you ever stop talking about it?

Bhuvneshwar Kumar had to go off because of a hamstring injury

Andre Russell has always had the heart - but does he have the knees?

Shakib Al Hasan is caught behind by Tom Latham

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was forced to leave the field due to an injury