“Probably Got Better And Better”: Ex-Australia Captain On Babar Azam

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Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting has praised Pakistani captain Babar Azam for his batting. Ponting said Babar has “got better and better” in recent years. While praising Babar and his progress in the batting division, Ponting also said Pakistan’s chances at the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia will depend directly on the right-handed batter’s performance. He believes that the party cannot win the mega event if Babar does not perform with the bat.

“I saw him up close and personal here a few years ago in a test series against Australia and I said it then, I thought the sky was the limit for this man as far as hitting a test match (was) and, if whatever, he’s probably gotten better and better over the past few years,” Ponting said in the ICC Review.

Pointing out that Pakistan’s strength lies in their openers — Babar Azam and Mohammed Rizwan — and their bowling attack with the new ball, Ponting said spin could become their weakness in this year’s T20 World Cup, citing the fact that the Australian fields may not help them.

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“Their openers are very important and their new-ball bowlers are very important, but that spin bowler role in Australia could be a little more difficult with wickets that are unlikely to help them,” Ponting said.

Notably, Pakistan was knocked out by Australia last year in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup. Australia won the tournament by beating New Zealand in the final.

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