Australia’s batting depth would hold them in good stead at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Ricky Pointing has insisted.
An inexperienced side, missing their big names with both bat and ball, had a torrid time in their limited overs in the England summer. But the former captain expects the team to be ready to defend their title next year in England and Wales.
"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 was named on the ICC Hall of Fame recently.
“We are a passionate cricket nation that keeps producing good players.”
With Steve Smith and David Warner suspended, and their first-choice pace attack injured, the Tim Paine-led one-day international side slumped to a 5-0 defeat against hosts England and No.6 on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings chart. But Ponting, who led Australia to the 2003 and 2007 World Cup titles, felt it was an important learning experience.
"It's only 12 months away from the next one-day World Cup. The last five games, while the results did not quite go our way, it gave an opportunity for some younger guys to get some games under their belts.
"There are 16 one-dayers to be played between now and the next World Cup. I'll 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."
There are high expectations from Justin Langer, the coach who is two tours old with the team. Ponting himself joined the staff to help out during the England ODIs.
"The environment Justin Langer will create around that team will be a place that everyone will just get better, they'll just improve, they'll love the environment," insisted Ponting.
"I'm really excited about what the future holds not just right now but for the next 20 years.”