Australian top order can deliver if Warner wavers: Ponting

David Warner back to run-scoring best but 25 per cent slower

ICC World Cup 2019: Glenn Maxwell gives reason for David Warner’s slow knock against India

Australian batsman Glenn Maxwell feels the moving ball and the bowler-friendly conditions could be the reason behind David Warner's slow going in the ongoing World Cup. ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Australia Ropes In Ricky Ponting As Assistant Coach for the Mega Event.

Finch pointed out that Australia's past two games had been played on pitches used for the second time in a matter of days and said India's spinners trumped his. In reply, Australia were dismissed for 316 to suffer a 36-run loss, their first in the tournament thus far.

Australia were in contention of becoming the first team to successfully chase 353 runs in the World Cup. Generally, in the present time, Usman Khawaja bats at this no.3 position. "It happens quite a lot in the modern game where you see that right-hand, left-hand combination, especially if they've got a lot of spin", he said.

"If it's past 35 overs, you're probably not going to do it [bat Khawaja at four], Maxwell is going every day of the week after that".

"The run out happened at a really crucial time (the 14th over)".

More uncharacteristic was the amount of dot balls he played.

David Warner during the match against India.

"I think Finch and Warner are probably as good as any openers in the world", Ponting told

"Davey coming back has made runs".

After returning to the worldwide cricket, Warner has scored 89*, 3 and 56 runs in this Cricket World Cup. "By his own admission, (Warner) probably wasn't at his absolute best (against India)".

"But as I said, he hit the field too often early on and wasn't able to rotate as he would have liked".

Chasing down that big target, Australia managed to score 48/0 in the first ten overs.

Ponting claimed, "Our batting was just a little bit off again".

"It was always going to be a hard task". India posted a massive 352 for 5, riding on a professional performance by the top-order led by Shikhar Dhawan (117).

His opening partnership with Finch didn't get off to the best start either with the captain run out after a mix up. The momentum had just started to turn there, Finchy had started to find the boundary a bit more frequently. Ponting stated that they also needed a Dhawan-like inning in their top-order and that would have had put them in the game. "There's certainly enough skill and enough talent to turn it around pretty quickly", he added.

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