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August 17, 2013
Ricky Ponting sees potential in the current Australia team, despite their disappointing Ashes against England. Ponting believes that there have been spots of brightness from time to time, but admitted that England were the dominant side.
"I have kept in touch with it [the Ashes] and putting my biased goggles on for a minute, I think the boys have probably played a little bit better than the scoreline suggests as they have been in with a chance of winning three Tests," Ponting, who is on duty with the Antigua Hawksbills in the Caribbean Premier League, said. "But the scoreline reads 3-0 and that is the difference sometimes between the really good and experienced teams, and the ones on their way up... the know-how to actually get across the line and to win games.
"England have got a really good team, an experienced team and their bowling group has been together for pretty much the last six or seven years now."
Australia have much to learn still, but they are headed in the right direction, he said. "There are some challenges there for Australia cricket but with Darren Lehmann's appointment as coach and some of the younger guys they have got around there I think there is enough talent but they are just going to have to learn and at the moment they are learning the hard way."
Ponting will be in the commentary box this Australian summer, covering the Big Bash League, but he also sees himself staying within the game in a more hands-on approach. "There is no doubt I will stay in the game somewhere. There will be some coaching offers that will come my way and I am really interested in coaching. I'm really interested in helping out younger players," he said. He was confident that he had a lot left to offer the breeding grounds of Australian cricket.
"The state Australian cricket is at, at the moment, my services could be used in some way. We will just wait and see, but the one thing I do not want to do is to travel around the world for six or eight months a year."
Renaldo Matadeen is a sportswriter and social media manager for ESPN Caribbean. He tweets here
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