The Ashes: Learn from Ian Bell and Alastair Cook's careers, Ricky Ponting urges Aussie think-tank

The 38-year-old former Australian skipper is optimistic of Australia's chances to put up a good fight in the return Ashes later this year but insists that the batsmen have to improve their game.

updated: August 17, 2013 15:02 IST
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Ricky Ponting has urged the selectors to be patient with the youngsters in the current Australian team and not axe them after the series loss to England in the Ashes.

Ponting, who is participating in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League as part of the Antigua Hawksbills, has kept a close eye on the proceedings in England. According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, the former Aussie skipper feels that the likes of Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja and Phillip Hughes should be given more time as they get used to the Test level.

Skipper Michael Clarke and 35-year-old late Test entrant Chris Rogers are the only players averaging over 30 in the series so far. The batting collapse in the final innings of in the fourth Test have raised questions on the ability of the top six batsmen in the line-up.

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