Cricket News Constant scrutiny on Warner and Smith could be unsettling for Australia in World Cup: Ponting

first_img“They’re coming back into a World Cup in the UK – they shouldn’t be expecting too many pats on the back over there. They’re going to cop it everywhere they go. They’ve got to know that, they’ve got to accept that and understand that.”The team needs to as well because that could also be something that could be unsettling for a team.”Australia goes into the World Cup as defending champions but this time, they don’t go enter the tournament as outright favorites. Ponting feels things could get a lot easier for Warner and Smith if they are amongst the runs.”I think they are well equipped (to handle the scrutiny), but I think it could be a shock for them by the same token when they come back. They have to expect the absolute worst and then anything better than that is going to be a bonus for them.That would be the way I would approach it if I was them.”But at the same time, the way they’ll integrate themselves back in quickly and have some of the public helping them out is for them to be scoring runs. If they’re scoring runs and the Australian cricket team is winning, it’ll be a whole lot easier.”If it’s the other way around and they’re not scoring runs and the Australian team is losing, then it’s going to be hard,” he added. Meanwhile, India will be up against Australia for one final time in this series as the two teams will be locking horns for the decider game at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on March 13. this will also be India’s last assignment before the forthcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. This remains to be seen if India can finish on a high and go into the most prestigious event of the year with a series win under their belt.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights David Warner and Steve Smith are all set to return once ban is lifted. Constant scrutiny on Smith and Warner following their comeback could be “unsettling” for the Australian team.The Australian team will be up against India for final ODI on Wednesday.  New Delhi: India is currently up against Australia for a five-match ODI series and the final game of this cracker series is scheduled to be played at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on March 13. The series is currently leveled 2-2 after heroics from Australian all-rounder Ashton Turner who smashed 84 runs off just 43 deliveries at an astonishing strike-rate of 195.35.However, the former captain Ricky Ponting is concerned with the thought of populous and feels constant scrutiny on Steve Smith and David Warner following their comeback could be “unsettling” for the Australian team during the World Cup in the United Kingdom. Ponting, who will be part of Australia’s support staff during the mega event, said Smith and Warner will have to be prepared for constant criticism from the UK crowd. Their two-year ban for ball-tampering ends later this month and they will feature in the IPL beginning March 23.”I don’t think it is much of a challenge internally around the players. You’d like to think that those guys are having conversations now, so they’re not leaving it to the last minute and just be exposed to this thing that could be derailing to a team,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.”I’m sure this would have been talked about at a higher level for a long time – how do we integrate them back in? How do they fit in? How is it all going to be seamless? But the hardest part for those guys is going to be the public perception of us, especially in England,” said the two-time World Cup winning captain. Constant attention on Smith and Warner could affect the team during the World Cup, said Ponting.last_img read more

Beat writers predict outcome of Syracuse-South Carolina State

first_imgSyracuse (3-0) takes on South Carolina State (1-2) in the Carrier Dome on Tuesday for its fourth game of the season. SCSU’s two losses have come via Wichita State and South Carolina. Both defeats were by more than 40 points.Check out whether our beat writers think South Carolina State can upset Syracuse.Connor Grossman (3-0)Dog poundedSyracuse 96, South Carolina State 55Against one of the worst opponents it will face all year, Syracuse will really flex its offensive muscles. Look for Tyler Lydon to attempt at least 10 shots for the first time all season. He hasn’t really needed to be an integral part of SU’s offense yet, but it sure would be encouraging if he did on Tuesday. The Bulldogs have yielded an average of 84 points per game in three contents. Multiple Orange starters should post double-digit scoring games.Matt Schneidman (3-0)DoggedSyracuse 90, South Carolina State 60AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAccording to Kenpom.com, the Bulldogs are 320th out of 351 Division I teams, compared to Syracuse’s No. 8 ranking. The Orange will handle South Carolina State with ease, the only question being by how many points. The Orange ranks fourth in the country in defensive efficiency, per Kenpom, and a hapless S.C. State offense should stand no chance against the zone. One of the bigger uncertainties heading into the matchup for SU is if Taurean Thompson will play or rest his injured foot ahead of Saturday’s tilt with South Carolina.Paul Schwedelson (3-0)Snow plowedSyracuse 84, South Carolina State 44Syracuse has been solid defensively so far this season and look for it to continue on Tuesday night. The Orange will have enough offensive firepower later in the year. With five new players in the rotation, facing South Carolina State provides one more opportunity to tighten up defensively before entering the tougher portion of SU’s nonconference slate. With South Carolina, Wisconsin, Connecticut and Georgetown looming, Syracuse will almost certainly beef up with another expected victory. Comments Published on November 22, 2016 at 1:33 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more