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 cricket.com.au. “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.