Youngsters have to stand up in the absence of Ponting and Hussey: Arthur

Mickey Arthur made the statements in the light of the absence of Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey from the touring party to England Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Jun 20, 2012

The Australian coach Mickey Arthur has said that the youngsters in their One Day International (ODI) squad for the tour to England need to make an impression, The Sydney Morning Herald reported on Tuesday.

Arthur made the statements in the light of the absence of Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey from the touring party. He said, “It changes the dynamics quite a bit and that is why we are looking for other players to stand up and take over that responsibility.”

“Michael and Ricky are not going to be around forever so this gives the guys out here a chance to stake their claims and an opportunity to make their mark and show us they belong,” Arthur was quoted.

Michael Clarke appreciated his young players and expressed optimism in their progress. He said, “”I think they did that throughout the one-day summer in Australia once Ricky was dropped from the team, we managed to go on and win that tri-series for Australia.”

“The boys went to West Indies and did a pretty good job in tough conditions, and again it’s going to be new for a lot of players to play in English conditions,” Clarke concluded.