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What Australia need in ODI cricket is a permanent No.3 batsman, says Ricky Ponting
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Australia legend Ricky Ponting has been one of the most successful cricket captains of all time. With him at the helm, Australia were one of the most dominant teams in world cricket between 2002 and 2011.

The current Australian side, which is in England presently for an ODI series, has some really talented players, But Ricky Ponting feels that they still need to patch-up 'a few little holes'.

Admitting that the T20Is and the Test teams are really good, Ponting feels that the ODI team still has work to do.

"We'll see how the Aussie boys go, but they've still got some work to do on their one-day cricket, I think," Ponting told cricket.com.au.

"We know their T20 cricket of late has been good and we know their Test cricket has been outstanding, but there's still a few little holes in their one-day game and hopefully they can patch them up over the next week or so.

"There's not too many holes, but I think they just have to work out what their brand of one-day cricket is going to be and how they're going to go about it because there's no doubt the talent's all there.

"You look at that squad right now and that group of players you've got over there, it's a very good squad,” Ponting adds.

‘The No.3 position needs to be fixed’

One of the key aspects that needs to be worked on according to Ponting is to address the position of the No.3 batsman.

"They need to find someone that's going to bat at No.3 for them for a long time," Ponting said.

"It's such a pivotal role, they need to find someone who's going to be a long-term player there.

"Whether that's Marnus (Labuschagne) there and Smith at four, or whether it's the other way round, who knows what it's going to be."

In the past one and a half years, including the 2019 World Cup campaign, Australia has tried out six different players in the No.3 position.

The players that they have tried out in the position include Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Peter Handscomb.

In the ODI game against England on Friday, Marcus Stoinis came in as the No.3 batsman, in the absence of Steve Smith, who missed out due to a knock to his head during training session.

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