Ricky Ponting sees room for Usman Khawaja in World Cup XI

Ricky Ponting sees room for Usman Khawaja in World Cup XI
Ricky Ponting sees room for Usman Khawaja in World Cup XI

If David Warner and Steven Smith reappearing to the Australia team for the CWC, will there still be room for Khawaja in the XI? He is the star of the 3-2 ODI series win in India and Ricky Ponting positively desires that to occur, saying that Khawaja, if compulsory, could even drop down to No. 3 to put up Warner at his favored place at the top of the order. Those who don’t want to miss the entertainment have already bought their Cricket World Cup  Final Tickets.

Ricky Ponting sees room for Usman Khawaja in World Cup XI
Ricky Ponting sees room for Usman Khawaja in World Cup XI

“I think we all saw, over the past few weeks, just how skilled a player U Khawaja is and can be, and I think when you realize him play like that, it just makes you marvel why he doesn’t do it a bit more frequently. I think that’s the unsatisfactory thing as far as he is concerned,” Ponting said

 

“I would be astonished if Khawaja wasn’t in the squad. Warner and he can be in the same team; they might not certainly play in the same XI. Or who knows, they could, you know: Khawaja could possibly slot down at three when Warner comes in, and Steven Smith might bat at four or five or something, just to coast up those central overs.”

 

“I would envisage that Aaron Finch would be inclined on Steven Smith a lot for a bit of information, maybe leading into the competitions, as far as their training and everything is worried, and maybe a bit of information and knowledge as the game is being played”  Ricky Ponting

 

“Back down to 15, it’s a good place for the side to be in. Gratefully I’m not a selector, because that’s going to be a tough job,” he said.

 

Ponting said he was “pretty sure” Finch would lead Australia at the CWC, adding that he should make use of Smith’s occurrence on the field when essential.

“It’s humorous how quickly things can change. Two weeks ago, not a single person in the world would have given Australia a chance of winning the CWC. On the back of three really good wins over here, everyone’s speaking about Australia again,” Ponting said.

 

“What’s occurred of late, I don’t think any team will be taking Australia for settled, as they won’t take India for settled on the back of losing that series? Everyone’s building a lot about the outcome from Australia and being a bit more negative towards India. There’s no need for that at all. Whatever position they have up for grabs in their batting order the No. 4 batsman, they will fill that with a excellence player. And they will go into the CWC as one of the favorites, if not the favorite.”

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