The three time world cup winner Australian legend Ricky Ponting has named 3 bowlers for 2015 cricket world cup which could be potential smokies for the 15 members Australia squad. Gurinder Sandhu, Jason Behrendorff and Ashton Agar are in Ponting’s list for four time world champions Australian team.
Ricky Ponting said, “Jason Behrendorff from the Perth Scorchers has been a standout for me so far in the Big Bash and his domestic record is also good. And Gurinder Sandhu is the other one. I think he’s a terrific short form bowler. He bowls well at the death in T20 games which is probably an area that Australia haven’t really ever excelled in the limited-overs game.”
Obviously Johsnon, Starc, Hazlewood are the main trump cards in the bowling line up for Australia.
“They’re a couple of guys I think that will definitely be smokies. If you look at Johnson and Starc and Cummins and Hazlewood and these boys, they’re probably the boys who have their names up in front of the selectors first and foremost, as they should.”
Ponting faiths Ashton Agar could be the best option in spinning attack. Agar is a capable batsman at the number 11 and he has proved his worth at this position when he made 98 runs against England.
“I would actually throw Ashton Agar’s name in there as a bit of a smokey. I haven’t talked much about this before but I was just looking and thinking about what they might do with a spinner for the World Cup, and we know that Agar’s a very handy lower batsman and a good fielder as well. I think he’s someone who could slot into a World Cup one-day side really nicely.”
Australia’s 15 members squad for 2015 ICC world cup will be announced by 7 January during Sydney Test against India.