Mid-day – 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.

Summary

  • 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.
  • Ponting, one of the outstanding batsmen of his generation, has joined the backroom staff of new Australia coach and former Test team-mate Justin Langer for the tour.
  • Reflecting on Australia’s slump to 90 for five on Wednesday, Ponting said: “It highlighted again the importance of our top-order batsman taking responsibility and getting some big runs.”
  • 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.
  • Amid talk of Australia being more respectful towards their opponents — Langer said Smith’s side had behaved like “spoilt brats” in the run-up to Cape Town — Ponting was encouraged by the way players were “really embracing this new culture and way forward for Australian cricket”.


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