The Baggy Greens have struggled without Steve Smith and David Warner over the last 12 months, who were banned for their roles in Cape Town’s ball-tampering scandal.
And Ponting, who will be part of Justin Langer’s coaching setup for the World Cup, reckons Australia will be in good shape to try to retain the trophy which they won on home soil four years ago. And fans now have even more ways of watching the matches, with live sports streams now widely accessible through betting websites.
When asked if the Australians have a chance of winning the World Cup, Ponting said: “Absolutely.
“India and England are probably the two standout teams right now, but if you add David Warner and Steve 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 the one of the main contenders for sure.”
“I won’t look back and say I redeemed myself – I’m an athlete and a cricketer and it’s what we are paid to do,”
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“Going forward, he will not travel with the team within India or overseas as the first-choice wicketkeeper.”
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“If that commitment’s not there, then it’s time for him to think.”
“Increasingly you are under more and more pressure to be the man every time you play and that is a big burden.”
“This was a huge adrenaline shot for the game. It gives us a massive chance to take those plans forward really quickly.”
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“Stokesy got a full toss last ball, he’d probably have smashed it out of the park rather than try to nurdle two,”