Ashes: Australia must stick with top six, says Ricky Ponting

Ponting, who is promoting his new book, At the Close of Play, also suggested Clarke's captaincy was a work in progress.

updated: October 14, 2013 07:48 IST
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Sydney: Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting says selectors need to "pick and stick" with young batsmen in next month's Ashes series, while claiming Michael Clarke's captaincy remains "a work in progress".

In an interview with The Australian published on Monday Ponting called on selectors to stop their search for a quick fix and realise that players such as Usman Khawaja and Phil Hughes must be nurtured and developed because they are the best available.

"I think everybody on the outside has been a little bit worried about what the next generation of players have got, particularly on the batting side of things," Ponting said.

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