Ponting on Smith's T20 World Cup Chances and Australia's Captaincy

Ponting on Smith's T20 World Cup Chances and Australia's Captaincy

Ricky Ponting Weighs In on Steve Smith's T20 World Cup Prospects and Australia's Captaincy

ICC Hall of Famer Ricky Ponting has offered his insights on the potential inclusion of Steve Smith in Australia's squad for the upcoming ICC Men's T20 World Cup. Ponting also shared his views on who he believes should lead the team in the shortest format.

Speaking on The ICC Review, Ponting acknowledged Smith's limited T20I appearances but highlighted his experience as a valuable asset for Australia. "You love having guys like him around because of the experience and the calming influence that you can have around a team during a World Cup," Ponting said.

However, Ponting suggested that Smith might not secure a spot in the starting XI due to the team's batting combinations. "But the other thing you always have to be mindful of is what role can he play? So I would think if Steve Smith does find his way into the squad, I don't think he will be in the starting XI," Ponting added.

On the topic of Australia's T20 captaincy, Ponting expressed his support for all-rounder Mitchell Marsh. "I think he will (be T20I captain) and I think he deserves it as well as he has matured a lot as a player," Ponting declared. "He's certainly a leader of men...Leadership has always been in the back of the selectors' minds as far as Mitchell Marsh is concerned."

Ponting's comments shed light on the strategic decisions facing Australia ahead of the T20 World Cup. Smith's potential inclusion and Marsh's captaincy candidacy are crucial considerations for the team's success in the tournament.

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