India, Australia will be the two playing in T20 World Cup final: Ricky Ponting

'I will just have to say that Australia will beat India in the final,' said Ricky Ponting during his prediction.

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Former Australia skipper and World Cup-winning captain Ricky Ponting has named India and Australia as his two finalists for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia. Ponting also emphasized the fact that Australia will have the home advantage and stated that some luck is required to win the prized trophy.

The former Australia batter also termed England as one of the favourites and said that the Three Lions are performing exceedingly well in the white-ball format. Ponting also lauded England’s white-ball team coach Matthew Mott and talked about his work with Australia women’s team.

I will just have to say that Australia will beat India in the final: Ricky Ponting

“I think India and Australia will be the two playing in the final, and I will just have to say that Australia will beat them in the final. The reigning champions have got home conditions, and that was one thing that made Australia’s win in the last World Cup, not remarkable, but that little bit sweeter for them,” Ponting said on an ICC review show.

“The fact that a lot of people, me included, thought when they went to UAE, the conditions that they were going to have to face on the back of the IPL, I thought the conditions might have been the thing that might not have allowed them to win it. But they found a way,” Ponting added.

The veteran cricketer was also left impressed with England’s Test team head coach Brendon McCullum. To note, the Three Lions went on defeat New Zealand in a Test series and then won the rescheduled Test match against India as well. Ponting was also not shy about praising England’s white-ball coach Mott and said that Australia, India, and England look most formidable on paper for the upcoming 2022 T20 World Cup.

“I actually think England are an outstanding white-ball team, and they have an outstanding white-ball setup. I just think the three teams on paper that look to have the most class and the most match-winners are India, Australia, and England,” concluded Ponting.