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Australian top order can deliver if Warner wavers: Ponting

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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.

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