Ponting: Top Australians starved of T20 cricket

09 February 2018 23:13:28 GMTPlus10

Australia assistant coach Ricky Ponting says the team will only perform at their best at T20 level if they field a consistent side.

That's not happened for the tri-series, where David Warner is the only member of the squad that featured during the successful Ashes series.

While some of the relatively unsung players in the country - including D'Arcy Short, who was the top run-scorer in the Big Bash League - are taking on New Zealand and England in the tri-series, all their stars are overseas.

Australia are preparing for their Test series in South Africa, which has meant all their players apart from Warner were unavailable for the T20 tournament.

Ponting said a number of Test squad members had wanted to feature in the first three games of the series before skipping the New Zealand leg.

But Cricket Australia insisted they concentrate on their preparations for the four-Test series against the Proteas.

The two series almost overlap - the final of the T20 series is in Auckland on 21st February, while Australia's only tour match begins in Benoni the following day.

Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said they regarded the South Africa series as very important, especially as the team look to improve their record away from home.

In the 19 T20Is Australia have played since the start of 2016, they've have churned through 40 players, handing out 16 debuts.

Only 18 of those players to feature have played more than four times, and there have been four captains during that time.

Ponting said: "You look back through the last five or six years, we haven't had the same captain for long periods, we very rarely get the best bowling attack in the group for long periods of time because there's other series and tournaments that have taken precedence over T20 cricket.

"These are all the things I've spelled out to Cricket Australia for me to get more involved down the track is being able to prioritise the game and give the captain and players a chance at a good extended run at playing for their country.”

Australia are 1.50 to win their tri-series clash with England, who are 2.62.

David Warner is 4.00 to be Australia's top batsman.

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