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Sport Ponting's left-field idea to shake up T20 cricket

06:27  05 december  2021
06:27  05 december  2021 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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Ponting , who has been part of Australia' s T 20 coaching staff in recent years and was an assistant for the ODI World Cup in 2019, believes the lower-order 'finisher' role remains a headache despite there being no lack of experienced candidates. "He plays spin really well and you think about where the World Cup is going to be (in India or the UAE), he could be a name that could come up (for selection)." A large part of the question for selectors is where they want the team' s keeper to bat. Australia dropped Wade for the previous T 20 World Cup in 2016, instead going for left - field candidate Peter Nevill who

If he' s right up to the batsman, he' s silly; this is probably relating to either the 19th century meaning of silly being stunned, which is likely if the ball hits you at that distance, or an older meaning conferring harmlessness. So silly mid off stands at the middle of the wicket on the off side; when moved to mid off, he' s a good medium distance back and Yeah, this one isn't overly accurate. You'd find cover usually closer and a bit squarer than extra cover; cover is there to catch when the batsman drives uppishly, while extra cover is just that, backup. Short cover is a pretty common place to find Ricky Ponting .

Australian cricket great Ricky Ponting says it's "only a matter of time" before team coaches and captains in Twenty20 cricket are tempted into retiring a batter.

As it stands in the T20 format, a batter can retire at any time during their innings, even if injury or illness isn't the reason.

It's permitted in the rules but essentially never done in professional cricket. While it's been discussed in regards to the 20-over format, it's rarely if ever seen and is a tactic teams are yet to properly utilise.

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But according to Ponting - the current assistant coach of the Australian national team as well as a head coach in the Indian Premier League - it's just a matter of time before the tactic enters the game.

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315k members in the Cricket community. News, banter and occasional serious discussion on the great game. Couple of years back he was known to be a t 20 specialist. Things have changed now. I think that Marnus moving from 3 to opener like Justin Langer is actually not a stupid idea , but I personally want to keep Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting discusses his all time cricketing XI.

Ponting struggled on the subcontinent, that is an indisputable fact. However, his form from 2003-2007 was Bradman like and his stats are second to Tendulkar. He was easily one of the greatest captains of all time and has played historic/memorable knocks such as the 140* in the WC 2003 final or the 156 at Leeds in the '05 Ashes. So is he up there with the Prince and Little Master?

Ricky Ponting wearing a hat: Australian cricket legend Ricky Ponting. © Getty Australian cricket legend Ricky Ponting.

"I think it's only a matter of time before it happens, but I'm not sure I'm going to be the first coach that does it," Ponting said.

"It's eventually going to happen, but it's a conversation that has to be had with the players before the game starts - if they are getting a bit behind with their strike rate, they need to either put the foot right down or get out.

"It might even be a call that's made by the captain, so it completely comes out of the coach's hands."

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During the recent T20 World Cup, which Australia won, the conversation of retiring a batter made headlines again when West Indies player Lendl Simmons struggled during the competition.

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Ponting hung around to help the team transition, really selfless act from a natural leader. To continue in the side after losing the captaincy is a tough thing to do in Australian cricket . Ponting ' s purple patch started when all the great bowlers retired (and last few were close to retirement past their prime) and new set of bowlers were getting into the teams (who were mostly just decent but never quite great as their predecessors and most teams didn't have enough depth left to hunt in packs).

376 votes, 70 comments. 303k members in the Cricket community. News, banter and occasional serious discussion on the great game. 97% Upvoted. Log in or sign up to leave a comment. Australia. 4 (Martyn 1, Ponting 1, Steven Smith 1, Warner 1 ). South Africa. 4 (Amla 1, Bosman 1

Kagiso Rabada of South Africa celebrates the wicket of Lendl Simmons of West Indies during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup © Getty Kagiso Rabada of South Africa celebrates the wicket of Lendl Simmons of West Indies during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup

Simmons during a crucial pool match against South Africa managed just 16 runs from 35 balls before being dismissed, which proved decisive as the West Indies produced a low first-innings total that was easily chased down with 10 deliveries to spare.

The West Indies, the 2016 T20 World Champions, later failed to reach the knockout stages of the 2021 tournament.

"It's all game awareness and as a coach, you have to make sure you get the players fully aware of what their role is and what the team needs of them," Ponting added.

"You can't have a Lendl Simmons happening where you're facing so many balls and putting all your teammates under pressure."

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