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A loss in this manner would be devastating for a Sri Lankan team that had already been defeated in their first match by South Africa.

A loss in this manner would be devastating for a Sri Lankan team that had already been defeated in their first match by South Africa.

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has revealed what his former team needs to do to quickly recover from a first-up loss as it seeks a sixth ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup trophy.
Australia will be looking to avoid a costly back-to-back World Cup defeats when they face South Africa in a crucial match on Thursday.

The five-time champions were thrashed by hosts India in their first match of the tournament and must now get their campaign back on track or risk falling behind the early pacesetters.

The ten teams competing in the Cricket World Cup 2023 will only play each other once, leaving little room for error, as only the top four in the standings will advance to the semi-finals.

“Australia, to be honest, looked a fair way off the mark in that game against India,” Ponting said on the latest episode of The ICC Review podcast.

“You can’t afford to be 0-2 in the World Cup.” We understand how critical it is to complete the table’s top.

“However, I remain confident in their squad.” It’s a very good, very talented squad. We know that side has a lot of all-rounders.”

Australia may have paid the price for starting the Cricket World Cup with few specialist spinners, relying on Adam Zampa to deliver.

Zampa had 77 wickets at an average of 22.9 in ODIs between the Cricket World Cup 2019 and the current tournament in India, but he struggled against the hosts.

As Australia struggled to make the most of a turning pitch, the leg-spinner failed to take a wicket while conceding 53 runs off eight overs.

“Another thing I’ve probably learned is that Adam Zampa will need to bowl well. “It’s that simple,” Ponting said.

“With only Zampa and (Glenn) Maxwell as recognised spinners in their starting XI for that first game, Zampa will bear a lot of the wicket-taking burden.”

“It didn’t happen in game one.”

Australia is in a hurry. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood struck early to reduce India to 3/2, but captain Pat Cummins was left with few options after Virat Kohli and KL Rahul led the fightback.

Ponting, a two-time World Cup winner, urged Australia to use their depth with all-rounders to shake up their bowling attack.

“They do have the flexibility to only play the two quicks and bring in another spinner, if they want,” Ponting told reporters.

“They have Cameron Green, Mitchell Marsh, and possibly Marcus Stoinis as a third fast bowler.”

“Then it gives you an option to play the two specialist spinners plus Maxwell.”

Marsh has impressed since batting in the top order following Travis Head’s injury, and he is also a capable bowler.

But Australia blew a chance to put India back on the ropes when the usually dependable Marsh dropped a simple catch from Kohli before the Indian star got going.

Ponting believes that simple errors like these will cost Australia.

“There’s an old adage in our game, and I don’t need to repeat it, but it’s just another one of those little signs to me that Australia were just a little bit off game one,” Ponting told reporters.

“The best teams I’ve ever seen have always been outstanding fielding units.” They make very few errors.

“Teams that win World Cups are the teams that make the fewest mistakes through a tournament.”

 

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