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Ponting’s inspirational impact can lead Oz cricket back to its former glory: Langer

 Ponting’s inspirational impact can lead Oz cricket back to its former glory: LangerMelbourne, Mar 28: Former Australian batsman Justin Langer believes that captain Ricky Ponting is the right man to lead Australian cricket back to its former glory despite the national team's World Cup quarterfinal elimination by India.

"Ricky Ponting's century under immense pressure was outstanding. Anyone who believes he is not in the best 11 players in Australia at the moment must be seeing something different from what I witnessed on Saturday," Langer wrote in a column for the BBC.

"More importantly, you would only have to spend five minutes behind the closed doors of the Australian cricket team to recognize the inspirational impact he has across the board."

"Like Sachin, he has an incredible appetite for the game of cricket. He lives, eats, breathes and bleeds Australian cricket," he added.

Ponting scored 206 runs from seven World Cup games at an average of 34.33.

His 104 from 118 balls against India in the quarterfinal was his first international century in 13 months.

The 36-year-old has played in five World Cup tournaments, including Australia's loss to Sri Lanka in the 1996 final and the three titles which followed in 1999, 2003 and 2007, the last two under his captaincy. (ANI)


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