ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Ricky Ponting says Australia opener David Warner 'not quite up to match sharpness' despite unbeaten knock against Afghanistan

Despite David Warner playing an unbeaten knock of 89 runs against Afghanistan to help his side register a seven-wicket victory over Afghanistan, team's assistant coach Ricky Ponting is of the opinion that it was not the best from Warner.

Asian News International, Jun 02, 2019 20:08:33 IST

Melbourne: Despite David Warner playing an unbeaten knock of 89 runs against Afghanistan to help his side register a seven-wicket victory over Afghanistan, team's assistant coach Ricky Ponting is of the opinion that it was not the best from Warner.

"He struggled a bit early on. You can see he's not quite up to match sharpness yet," Cricket.com.au quoted Ponting as saying.

David Warner played an unbeaten knock of 89 against Afghanistan. Reuters

David Warner played an unbeaten knock of 89 against Afghanistan. Reuters

"We've done a lot of work in the nets over the last couple of weeks, but he missed one of the practice games with that little niggle he had, so it took him a little bit of time to get going," he added.

However, Ponting feels that the more time he spent on the field; it gave him enough time to settle and play more fluently.

"I thought the longer his innings went on, he started to look a little bit more fluent. Fantastic for him to get that sort of time in his first international game back. So far, so good with him," Ponting said.

Along with Warner, Steve Smith made his comeback in the team. Although Smith failed to leave a mark in the match, he did smash a century in the first World Cup warm-up match against the hosts England.

Talking about both Warner and Smith, Ponting said: "We all know he's a pretty determined young man. Him and Steven coming back in today, they were both keen to not just impress, but also impose themselves on the tournament."

Smith and Warner both faced boos from the crowd during their warm-up games. But the two times World Cup-winning captain looked this thing in a positive way as he said that only 'best players' get booed.

"It's not a huge crowd here today by any means and probably not a lot of Aussie support either. But when the bigger games come around, I think it will be a whole lot worse than that," he said.

"The few series I had over here, you can take it as a bit of a compliment as well - they don't boo the worst players, they boo the best players in each team," Ponting added.

Australia will now face West Indies for their next World Cup game on 6 June.

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Updated Date: Jun 02, 2019 20:08:33 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 7 6 1 0 12
New Zealand 6 5 0 1 11
India 5 4 0 1 9
England 7 4 3 0 8
Bangladesh 7 3 3 1 7
Sri Lanka 6 2 2 2 6
Pakistan 6 2 3 1 5
West Indies 6 1 4 1 3
South Africa 7 1 5 1 3
Afghanistan 7 0 7 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4674 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254