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Ricky Ponting Bats For Aaron Finch To Lead Australia In 2019 World Cup

“He’s the man, for me, to captain Australia throughout hopefully a successful World Cup campaign,” quotes Ricky Ponting.

The Aaron Finch-led Australian team definitely punched above their weights to register memorable T20I and ODI series victory against India in their own backyard. However, Finch’s form with the bat will a big concern for the defending World Cup champions leading up to the 2019 edition of the mega event. The Aussie skipper recorded poor scores in both the T20I games against India. In the first T20I match, Finch bagged a golden duck, while in the next game, he scored just eight runs.

His struggles continued in the first two games of the ODI series as well, before playing a remarkable knock of 93 runs in the Ranchi ODI. Whereas in the fourth ODI in Mohali, he once again revisited his horrors of poor form, as he bagged a duck in that game. He then scored a 43-ball 27 in the recently concluded fifth and final ODI, but never looked in a convincing touch throughout his stay at the crease. The Aussie opener also witnessed a terrible run in the home ODI series against India earlier this year.

He has made more hundreds than anybody else

Even after his consistent failures, former Aussie cricketer and the recently appointed batting coach Ricky Ponting back Finch to lead the national team in the upcoming 2019 World Cup. Ponting mentioned that Finch has been Australia’s best batsman in the 50-overs format in the last couple of seasons. Finch has so far played 104 ODIs, scoring 3,601 runs at an average of 36.37 which also includes 11 hundred and 19 half-centuries.

“He’s been Australia’s best performed one-day batsman in the last couple of seasons. He’s made more hundreds than anybody else,” Ricky Ponting was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

He has recently gone through a real tough time

The former Aussie skipper noted that the upcoming World Cup will be a great moment for Finch to end his struggles with the bat. Ponting mentioned that it is fortunate for the team that the skipper is witnessing a poor form now, rather than having that at the World Cup. “Although he’s recently gone through a real tough time, if he can get through the other side of that before the World Cup, it could be – as hard as it sounds on him – it almost could be perfect timing. He’d rather be going through that now than going through that at the start of the World Cup and having your captain completely out of form going through an entire World Cup,” he added