Ponting's been very good in ODIs in recent years and White-Hussey is about as good a 5-6 pairing as you could ask for, really. Haddin and Watson should do pretty well opening as well. The main problem is in the middle there, but even there, there have been glimmers of a revival in ODIs in the past year...
I see our main challenge as being able to bowl yorkers, really. We seem incapable of doing it.
'cause in a clearing when the sunlight comes
exposing all the shadows in our intricate behaviour
i feel a sort of fading
we build our own unfolding.
But take a look at Ponting's overall captaincy record:
* Most victories as ODI captain: 122
* Most victories as Test captain: 47
* Highest victory rate as ODI captain in more than 20 matches: 75.74%
* Most Cricket World Cups won as captain: 2, shared with Clive Lloyd
* Most consecutive Test victories won as captain: 16, shared with Steve Waugh
* Undefeated as Captain in World Cups (23 matches)
* Most consecutive Ashes defeats in England: 2, shared with Billy Murdoch
People might say "Yeah- but that's all in the past!" But they didn't say that when Mitch Johnson was brought back into the side, after being dropped for bad form, and then was the main reason Australia won the 3rd Ashes Test.
With captaincy, it is experience that matters. Whether Ponting is in batting form or not, his record as a captain demonstrates his true value to the side.
People have actually defended Ponting?
Juanjo, live in the now. The past is exactly that. Only relevant now in a sentence such as 'Ricky is past it'.
5th-6th? In ODIs? Absolute rubbish.
Have won a Champions Trophy, 6-1 in England and 4-2 in India, as well as destroying West Indies and Pakistan. They're not as bad as 5th/6th as is being claimed but their most recent form certainly hasn't been outstanding.
So that's 5th. Feel free to mount your own case - it's an opinion.
How many times did Australia play **** teams compared to the others?
That's why they aren't 5th.
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