Times of India – LONDON: Australia batting great Ricky Ponting has said the top-order must deliver “big runs” after the world champions went 1-0 down in a one-day international series away to England.

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  • LONDON: Australia batting great Ricky Ponting has said the top-order must deliver “big runs” after the world champions went 1-0 down in a one-day international series away to England.
  • Glenn Maxwell (62) and Ashton Agar (40) tried to repair the damage but their sixth-wicket stand of 84 couldn’t change the course of the game.
  • “These players need to be hard on themselves and work out how they can improve on a daily basis,” insisted Ponting, who made a brilliant 140 not out when Australia beat India in the 2003 World Cup final in Johannesburg.
  • “This is Australia’s first international campaign since a controversial tour of South Africa where former captain Smith and his deputy Warner — two of the world’s leading batsmen — were given year-long bans for their roles in a ball-tampering incident during the third Test in Cape Town in March that also saw Cameron Bancroft handed a nine-month suspension for applying sandpaper to the ball.
  • Darren Lehmann resigned as coach to be replaced by fellow former Australia batsman Langer.


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