Australian cricket coach Ricky Ponting is confident about his team reaching the World Test Championship (WTC) final, which will take place in the coming year. He thinks it might collide with the Border-Gavaskar series against India in 2023 as the rivalry between these two countries keeps rising by the year.
While Pakistan, India, West Indies and Sri Lanka are also likely to stand in the top two positions and clear their path for the finals Ponting said on the latest episode of the ICC Review on Friday that:
“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, 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,”
The former cricketer also commended on Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith and wants them to score good runs against India in the upcoming tour. Pakistan not playing much International cricket at home shows their passionate nature about the game with talented players who have the potential to take their team up in the rank.
Further Ponting added that:
“Both of those guys have outstanding records in Australia. I think looking back at last week, it was Marnus’ first hundred (against Sri Lanka) outside Australia. In saying that, it’s been in Australia in the last couple of years where Smith has had most troubles,” Ponting added.