Sandhu, Behrendorff and Agar should be included in Australia’s World Cup squad, says Ricky Ponting

"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"

“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”

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Legendary Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes that Gurinder Sandhu, Jason Behrendorff and Ashton Agar should be included in the country’s World Cup squad.

Ponting has been impressed with Sandhu and Behrendorff’s performance in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) and also feels that Agar can be the national team’s specialist spinner during the tournament.

“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,” Ponting told SEN’s Summer Breakfast program. “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.

“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.”

Ponting also noted that Glenn Maxwell will prove to be a handy all-rounder despite his poor run of form as of late.

“I think expectation is the thing that’s weighing him down a little bit at the moment,” Ponting said. “As I try to say to him, that’s just down to the way he plays his cricket. He’s got so much talent…the ability to do some unbelievably freakish things. He’s got to find a way within himself to become a consistent cricketer for the Stars and Victoria and hopefully for Australia.”

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