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Ponting named Warner’s replacement as the opener who is likely to retire after the Pakistan Test

ICC Hall of Famer Ricky Ponting believes Cameron Bancroft leads the race to replace David Warner and partner Usman Khawaja at the top of Australia’s Test batting order.

Warner announced earlier this year that he intended to retire from the longest spell of the game following the upcoming SCG Test against Pakistan and there are plenty of openers looking at his place in the Australian team in the 19th century

While Marcus Harris and Matthew Renshaw have been used as reserve batsmen in recent tour parties, Ponting believes Bancroft has jumped to the front of the queue on the back of some impressive form at home base in Australia over the years in the past few years.

Ponting also expects Mitch Marsh to remain in Australia’s first-choice Test XI following his recent good form in the Ashes and ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup and along with fellow all-rounder Cameron Green will bide his time Opportunity the next one will wait for itself.

“I think Cameron Green should just sit back and bide his time and wait for an opportunity to come back,” Ponting said.

“He can have a truckload of runs in Shield cricket and somehow force his way back into the side.”

“Labuschagne is exceptional at No. 3 for Australia, a very special position.”

Australia’s series against Pakistan begins in Perth on December 14, followed by trips to Melbourne and Sydney before a two-match series against the West Indies at home in January

Australia currently sit third in the ICC World Test Championship standings after sharing the spoils against their arch-rivals England, who held the Ashes this year.

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