Australia are but to discover a wicketkeeper-batsman for T20 World Cup later this 12 months, stated former skipper Ricky Ponting who additionally added that his private desire for the function shouldn’t be amongst 23 gamers picked for white-ball collection within the West Indies.
“The keeper-batsman might be the slot they’d be dropping probably the most sleep over proper now,” Ponting was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au on Saturday.
“They’ve nonetheless obtained some inquiries to reply so far as what their general squad seems to be like and I believe the largest one is ‘Who’s going to be standing behind the stumps with the gloves on?’,” added Ponting, who himself has been a part of Australia’s teaching employees for T20 cricket and was the assistant in 2019 World Cup.
Wicketkeeper-batsmen Alex Carey, Matthew Wade and Josh Philippe had been named not too long ago in an prolonged 23-man squad. However the squad will probably be whittled down earlier than 5 T20Is and three ODIs towards West Indies in July, and 5 T20Is towards Bangladesh in Dhaka.
“They’ve tried just a few blokes — Wade has been there, Phillipe has simply performed as a batter, Alex Carey has been out and in and tried in just a few totally different batting spots,” added Ponting.
The 46-year-old Aussie, who can be the coach of Delhi Capitals, picked his splendid alternative – John Inglis. Nevertheless, Inglis shouldn’t be even in Australia’s squad of 23.
“Josh Inglis’s title might be thrown into the ring as effectively — I actually appreciated what I noticed from him batting within the center order in final summer season’s BBL.
“He performs spin rather well and you consider the place the World Cup goes to be (in India or the UAE), he might be a reputation that might come up (for choice).”