Ricky Ponting is confident about Australian pace attack can menace every team in the World Cup, after they showed too good for Zimbabwe in the 91-run victory at Motera on 21st February. The Zimbabwe top-order batsmen were nervous against Tait and Lee in meticulous, but the skipper was most contented by the precision of Johnson, who he believes can be one of the stars of the tournament.
Australian skipper Ponting said, "If we get those three up and running and bowling as well as they can, then I don't care what team we're playing against or what conditions we're playing in, that threats is going to be there". "If we have got those three guys bowling well in reverse-swinging conditions, then it's going to be tricky. They can frighten because they can use their short balls well".
Ponting depicted Johnson's endeavor against Zimbabwe as one of the best spells he had seen from the left-armer in one-day cricket, and his two wickets in two over early in the innings helped stop Zimbabwe's fight. Ponting considers that Johnson will succeed in the sub continental conditions again, after an Australian summer in which it seemed like the bad old Mitchell Johnson was back to stay. But having been axed for the Adelaide Ashes Test, Johnson began to recover his form, and even before the Zimbabwe outing, the captain was confident he could be one of the key men in the World Cup.
"He went to Perth then, and probably bowled as well as he bowled for the whole summer, got 3 for 18 or something and got a few runs as well. He's in pretty good shape at the moment. He's got the chance to be one of the outstanding players in this tournament." Australia left Doug Bollinger and John Hastings out of their series opener, and after the success of the attack it is unlikely there will be any changes for their second match against New Zealand. Jason Krejza also showed some promising signs against Zimbabwe, collecting 2 for 28, and should hold his place for Friday's game.