Australia’s high order can flip issues round if opener David Warner makes one other gradual begin, assistant coach Ricky Ponting mentioned forward of their World Cup recreation in opposition to Pakistan.
Warner got here in for criticism after making simply 56 runs off 84 balls in opposition to India, with Australia finally falling 36 in need of a goal of 353 to lose the match.
And in opposition to Afghanistan, seen as having the weakest bowling drive on the match, Warner additionally scored at a strike fee properly beneath his profession common of 95.
“Davey coming again has made runs. By his personal admission… (he) most likely wasn’t at his very best,” Ponting informed cricket.com.au, including that Warner was not capable of rotate as he would have favored in opposition to India.
Ponting mentioned Australia was in want of “one thing fairly spectacular” after the gradual begin however has the power to take action.
“There’s definitely sufficient ability and expertise to show it round fairly shortly,” he added.
The gradual begin in opposition to India additionally raised questions as to why large hitters similar to Glenn Maxwell weren’t promoted up the order to extend the run fee whereas Usman Khawaja was dropped down the order to permit Steve Smith to go in at quantity three.
Ponting mentioned it was a matter of getting the correct mixture to deal with spinners within the center overs earlier than Maxwell can step up the scoring fee within the closing stretch of the innings.
“We needed to have left-hand, right-hand (mixtures) with these spinners and we thought Steven performs spin in addition to anyone,” Ponting added.
Australia are resulting from play Pakistan on Wednesday in Taunton.