India stand in the way of Australia's WTC final aspirations: Ricky Ponting

by IANS |

Sydney, July 29 (IANS) Australian cricket legend Ricky Ponting believes his side's chances of securing a World Test Championship (WTC) final berth next year will hinge on its showing in the Border-Gavaskar series against India in 2023, adding the rivalry between the two countries "is just growing year on year".

While South Africa (on 71.43 percentage points) are currently ahead in the ICC WTC standings, Australia (70) are not far behind in second place following their recent drawn series against Sri Lanka away from home.

On the other hand, Pakistan, India, West Indies and Sri Lanka are also in contention to finish in the top-two on the standings and reach the final.

"I think Australia's chances really hinge on the upcoming Indian tour, to be honest and India's chances are a little bit the same," Ponting said on the latest episode of The ICC Review on Friday.

"It is always a much-anticipated series -- Australia and India, whether it be in Australia or in India -- it's much hyped up and talked about, the rivalry between the two countries is just growing year on year," added Ponting, who is also head coach of IPL franchise Delhi Capitals.

Ponting said the Proteas have been the surprise packet of the WTC, with the side having enjoyed success against India and Bangladesh at home among their five Test triumphs during this current period.

"South Africa has been a stand out so far," said Ponting. "Their record at home is absolutely outstanding, they're a very hard team to beat at home as we just saw with Sri Lanka as well.

"A little bit of doom and gloom in the Sri Lankan cricket in the last couple of years, but for them to be sitting where they are and to beat a good Australian side in that Test match just bit over a week ago, there are a lot of really good, positive signs for them going forward.

"Pakistan's ability to continually be up there and be talked about on the back of not playing much international cricket at home for such a long period of time, it just shows how passionate they are about the game and how many truly great players that country has able to produce year after year."


Latest News
5 bronze idols stolen from TN temple recovered; 4 arrested Wed, Aug 17, 2022, 05:25 PM
Cabinet clears proposal to enhance ECLGS corpus to Rs 5 lakh cr Wed, Aug 17, 2022, 05:24 PM
Himachal Congress working president Pawan Kumar Kajal joins BJP Wed, Aug 17, 2022, 05:22 PM
'Public should not be misled by statements against allopathy', Delhi HC on Coronil claims Wed, Aug 17, 2022, 04:37 PM
Driver, three associates held for raping employer's minor daughter Wed, Aug 17, 2022, 04:36 PM
Gadkari & Shivraj dropped from reconstituted BJP Parliamentary Board Wed, Aug 17, 2022, 04:35 PM
Gujarat ATS seizes 225 kg MDMA Wed, Aug 17, 2022, 04:20 PM
US first lady tests positive for Covid-19 Wed, Aug 17, 2022, 04:15 PM
Lack of treatment guidelines hampering monkeypox care globally: Study Wed, Aug 17, 2022, 04:12 PM
Musk says it's 'long-running joke' about buying Manchester United Wed, Aug 17, 2022, 04:08 PM
Robust demand for imports to provide upside risk to FY23 CAD projection of $105bn: Acuite Ratings Wed, Aug 17, 2022, 04:04 PM
Few stocks in Jhunjhunwala portfolio still trading down Wed, Aug 17, 2022, 04:01 PM
Airtel pays Rs 8,312.4 cr for 5G spectrum, settles 4 yrs' dues upfront Wed, Aug 17, 2022, 04:00 PM
SC: Can access to free education, drinking water, electricity be termed freebies? Wed, Aug 17, 2022, 03:58 PM
MP Forest staff surrender weapons protesting unilateral action by senior staff Wed, Aug 17, 2022, 03:55 PM