When legend Ricky Ponting chimes in, it is usually worth a listen, so when he tags Ashton Turner as a cricketer who could make a valuable impact for Australian in the codes of T20, ODI and Test, it is hard to dispute.
Ponting thinks that the Western Australia all-rounder, one of the WA Warriors’ few bright lights in an otherwise disappointing Sheffield Shield campaign, simply needs a chance to develop into a bona fide triple threat.
Turner is, for the moment, most adept at the limited overs formats, but he could learn to sip Test tea and hang about to help the Test XI.
“There’s no doubt, in my mind anyway, that he’s a future Australian player, whether it be T20 or certainly one-day international cricket as well,” Ponting told cricket.com.au. “The way he’s developing in the Shield game, he could go on to be a Test player for Australia as well.”
Key factors in favour of Turner, Ponting pointed out, were Turner’s ability to win a game off his own bat and play a variety of innings to suit the situation.
Turner has been the Warriors’ top-scorer of late, filling in for Captain Mitch Marsh over the past two rounds of the Shield.
The Warriors need Turner and anything else they can get, as they are missing players who are missing from Shield for Test duty, including the Marshes, Cam Bancroft and three others due to injury. The side has gone almost two decades without a title and consecutive sledgings by Tazz and Victoria have done little to supply hope.
WA currently sits in fifth place. They can make the final if they win their last two matches of the season, as the differential between second and fifth is a slim five points, but they will have to play above their grade when they meet ladder toppers Queensland in the hostile confines of The Gabba in the coming days.