Former captain Ricky Ponting feels Australia have no finisher like former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni or all-rounder Hardik Pandya ahead of the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Ponting says that if Australia finds a reliable middle-order or lower-order batsman who can also do wicketkeeping, then two victims will be killed with one arrow.
Ponting told Cricket.com AU, ‘The finisher’s role for Australia has always been a cause for concern. For this, a specialist is needed who can play three or four overs and can also score 50 runs.
He said, ‘Dhoni has done this work throughout his career and he is excellent at it. Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard also fall in this category who can win matches for the country and for the IPL team. They are used to playing at this place.
Ponting, who was the coach of the Delhi Capitals in the IPL, said Australia also does not have a good finisher because all its best batsmen play in the top four spots in the Big Bash League.
He said, ‘Can Glenn Maxwell or Mitchell Marsh do it or Marcus Stoinis. I think this is the most worrying thing for Australia.
Stoinis has managed to bat lower down the order for Delhi Capitals. Ponting said, ‘I saw Stoinis batting for Delhi last year. He opened the innings in a few matches of the Big Bash League and did well for Melbourne Stars but I want a batsman who can play the role of a finisher and he has won two or three matches for Delhi Capitals with his bat. The T20 World Cup is to be held in India in October-November.