Australia great Ricky Ponting has urged his compatriots to be patient with the current side as it tries to turn around its poor run of results.

But Ponting said Australia needed to follow the example of England and, with a return Ashes starting down under in November, give its batsmen time to develop.

“There’s some challenges there for Australian cricket, but with Darren Lehmann’s appointment as coach and some of the younger guys they’ve got around there, I think there’s enough talent,” Ponting said.

“They’re just going to have to learn and unfortunately at the moment they’re learning the hard way.”“But the thing that I keep referring to with that is if you take England back six or seven years when they had (Ian) Bell just starting out, (Alastair) Cook just starting out — those guys weren’t overnight successes.

“It’s taken them that amount of time in the game to hit their straps as international players and that’s what we have to do with our guys.” — AFP

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