Ponting Considering Delhi’s IPL Line-up

Hetmyer or Carey used as finisher

Alex Carey Australia v England

Capitals coach Ricky Ponting is pondering his options ahead of IPL 2020.

The Australian is having to work out how best to utilise a host of top-order hitters at DC.

Delhi added powerhouse Marcus Stoinis and West Indian star Shimron Hetmyer in the auction to further bolster their batting.

There has been plenty of talk about how they might line up this campaign, which will begin against KXIP on September 20.

Ponting has now shed some light on the issue when talking to Cricket Australia about Aussies taking part in this year's Indian Premier League.

He has hinted that either Hetmyer or Carey will be used in the finishing role for the Capitals. He also said Stoinis may be used anywhere from three to six given the strength of Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw.

“We're sort of tossing up at the moment on where we're going to play Stoinis,” he told Cricket Australia.

“He's obviously had an outstanding form for Melbourne Stars at the top of the order, and the practice games Aussies have played over the UK. He was in sensational form, opening the batting there.”

Dhawan and Shaw are “Two of the Best”

“As it turns out, we've probably got two of India's best openers in Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw, so we might use Stoinis as a bit of a floater anywhere from 3-6. And we can bank on him for some bowling as well.

“Alex Carey also comes into the equation. He has hit a brilliant hundred in one of those intra-squad games in the UK for the Aussies. We know that he can open the batting, we know that he can finish the innings as well.

“So it might be going to someone like Carey or Shimron Hetmyer in our squad, on which player to pick to try and finish the games for us.

“We know that he (Carey) gives us outstanding flexibility and obviously he gives us a backup wicketkeeper to Rishabh Pant.”

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