Former skipper Ricky Ponting today backed Australia and said that they can defend the World Cup that begins later this year in England.
“Absolutely,” Ponting was quoted as saying by the ICC on Sunday when asked if he thought Australia could defend their title. Ponting, who is also Australia’s assistant coach, said while India and England are the “standout” teams, Australia look as strong as any with the addition of Steve Smith and Davis Warner who are serving one-year bans at the moment.
“India and England are probably the two standout teams right now, but if you add Warner and Smith back into that line-up, then I think that team looks as strong as any.
“I am not just saying that because I am one of the coaches. I actually said it when I wasn’t around the group. Conditions in England will suit our style of play … I think Australia will be one of the main contenders for sure.
“With the inclusion of two of the best one-day players in the world who have a lot of experience, all of a sudden the team starts looking a whole lot better,” he added. “You will have guys that will handle a lot of pressure situations better because they have done it all before.”