Ricky Ponting believes that Josh Inglis, who represents Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League (BBL) is in the running for a spot in Australia’s World T20 team, and that the right-hander’s flexibility might make him an interesting choice. Australia’s wicketkeeping berth in this year’s ICC T20 World Cup, according to Ricky Ponting, is up for debate.
With players like Matthew Wade, Alex Carey and Josh Philippe already in the fight for national selection, Inglis is currently out of the mix. However, Ponting feels Inglis has the potential to be a big weapon who can fix several concerns for Australia.
The major issue for the Australians, according to Ponting, is the finisher’s position. Except for Glenn Maxwell, who bats at No.4 for Australia, none of the power-hitters, including Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis and Ashton Turner, have achieved success in playing the finisher’s part for Australia in T20 cricket, and Ponting believes it is a spot where the selectors will be concerned, especially given how other teams have world-class batters in the position.
Ricky Ponting on Australia’s wicket-keeper slot
“The keeper-batsman is probably the slot they’d be losing the most sleep over right now. They’ve still got some questions to answer as far as what their overall squad looks like and I think the biggest one is, ‘Who is going to be standing behind the stumps with the gloves on?” said Ricky Ponting as quoted by ANI.
Josh Inglis burst into the scene with a 405-run season in the BBL in 2019/20 as an opener, and he followed up with an even greater performance in 2020/21. Inglis was moved to the middle-order by the team and ended up being one of the top middle-order batters in the league, accumulating 413 runs at an SR of 140.00 while playing the role of both an aggregator and a finisher with ease.
“They have tried a few blokes – Wade has been there, Phillipe has just played as a batter, Alex Carey has been in and out and tried in a few different batting spots. Josh Inglis’s name could be thrown into the ring as well – I really liked what I saw from him batting in the middle order in last summer’s BBL,” added Ricky Ponting.
Overall, in T20 cricket, Josh Inglis has scored 941 runs in 41 matches at an average of 29.40 and a strike rate of 143.44. He has also grabbed 26 catches and affected 7 stumpings.