Australia might have lost 16 of their last 18 one-day internationals but former national captain Ricky Ponting insists they have the “best depth of any cricket nation in the world” and still stand an excellent chance of winning next year’s World Cup in England.
After a 5-0 thumping at the hands of England last month, the microscope is well and truly on the performances of the 50-over team some 11 months out from cricket’s white ball showpiece event.
New team: Glenn McGrath, Ricky Ponting, Mel McLaughlin, Lisa Sthalekar and Damien Fleming at the SCG.
Ponting, who played at five World Cups for Australia and won the tournament three times, worked with the national side during their recent matches in the northern hemisphere.
Despite being outplayed in all areas by a red-hot England outfit, Ponting said there was no need for panic with the World Cup on the horizon.
“One thing I do know is we’ve got still the best depth of any cricket nation in the world and I will continue to say that,” said Ponting, who will be the face of Channel Seven’s cricket coverage this summer. “There are 16 one-dayers to be played between now and the next World Cup. I guarantee you when you put the Australian group of 15 players down on a sheet of paper, that group will line up as good as any other team in the world.