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Ponting believes Maxwell’s heroics will lead Australia to World Cup glory.

Ponting believes Maxwell’s heroics will lead Australia to World Cup glory.

Ricky Ponting believes Glenn Maxwell’s stunning innings against Afghanistan will inspire his former team, and that it could prove pivotal in their quest for a sixth ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup title.
Maxwell overcame severe cramps and a back spasm to hit an unbeaten double-century against Afghanistan on Tuesday, ensuring Australia’s return to the World Cup knockout stages.

Maxwell’s knock was of exceptional quality, with Ponting revealing after the game that it was the best innings he can recall.

“I have been around a lot of games playing and calling and I have never seen anything like that, and I’ll be very surprised if I see anything like that ever again,” Ponting said.

“It was probably the most remarkable thing you’ve ever seen in cricket.”

“Ben Stokes’ Test innings to win it (third Ashes Test in 2019) at Headingley was something that I had never seen before and I think this one goes past that just for the sheer enormity of what it means for the Australian cricket team making the World Cup semi-finals.”

Australia’s sixth consecutive World Cup victory means the five-time champions will face South Africa in a tense semi-final next week for a place in the tournament decider.

Ponting believes Maxwell’s heroics against Afghanistan may be the catalyst for Australia to continue their winning streak and give them hope of winning another World Cup title.

“All the great teams that I’ve played with and all the great teams that I’ve been around have always had that belief that they can win from anywhere, and literally anywhere, even World Cup campaigns that I played in,” Ponting went on to say.

“We had games where we probably shouldn’t have won, but someone had the confidence to put their hand up and win.”

“And that’s what I discuss with Australia during World Cups.”

“They’ve got this knack of being able to just win the big moments and today was a huge moment as they qualify for the World Cup semi-finals now and hopefully onwards and upwards for them.”

 

 

 

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