Legendary cricketer Ricky Ponting recently came forward to mention that Steve Smith and Warner should be ready for tough challenges and worst conditions in the upcoming World Cup. Interestingly, Ponting has made Australia win many World Cups under his captaincy, so his words definitely hold a great value.
He said: “They’re going to cop it everywhere they go. They’ve got to know that, they’ve got to accept that and understand that. The team needs to as well, because that could also be something that could be unsettling for a team.”
Reportedly, the duo will be returning to the national team after the ball-tampering ban and it is going to be very difficult for them and Ponting focused on this point as well, he said: “You’d like to think that those guys are having conversations now, so they’re not leaving it to the last minute and just be exposed to this thing that could be derailing to a team. I’m sure this would have been talked about at a higher level for a long time – how do we integrate them back in? How do they fit in? How is it all going to be seamless? But the hardest part for those guys is going to be the public perception of us, especially in England. They’re coming back into a World Cup in the UK – they shouldn’t be expecting too many pats on the back over there. They have to expect the absolute worst and then anything better than that is going to be a bonus for them. That would be the way I would approach it if I was them.”
Meanwhile, everyone is set to fetch the ICC World Cup that starts on March 30.
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