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12:00 AM, June 09, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, June 09, 2019

Short-ball troubles a wake-up call: Ponting

Australia assistant coach Ricky Ponting believes that the top-order’s struggles facing short-pitched bowling against West Indies could be a wake-up call for the five-time World Cup champions, ahead of their third match in the ICC World Cup 2019.

The West Indies pace attack – relying on judicious use of short-pitched bowling – rocked the Australian top order to reduce them to 38/4, and later to 79/5 at Trent Bridge on Thursday. Ricky Ponting hopes that the batsmen learn from their mistakes before they take on India at The Oval on Sunday.

“It could very well be … a wake-up call,” Ponting told “Just understanding that if you are under pressure in big games like World Cup games, finding a mechanism or a way to get through (is important). It could be just a good learning curve for those guys at the top and hopefully they’ll bounce back strong.”

Ponting feels Jasprit Bumrah will be a tough challenge for Australia. “Bumrah, we know, is a very good new ball bowler and I’m sure he’ll mix it up and bowl some short stuff and some full stuff,” he said.

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