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Langer hopes Ponting can get Maxwell back to his best

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admitted the form of was a worry ahead of a one-day series against England but said he hoped Ricky

Ponting's arrival into his backroom staff would be a boost to the talented ball-striker.

Former Ponting will combine his work as a on the upcoming five-match one-day international campaign with stints working alongside

Maxwell was twice dismissed in single figures by spinners during Australia's warm-up matches against and Middlesex.

Ponting was also Maxwell's at the Delhi Daredevils during this year's Indian League Twenty20.

But despite having one of greatest batsmen in his corner, the 29-year-old Maxwell managed just 169 runs in 12 IPL innings at an average of 14. The Daredevils fared little better, finishing bottom of the points table following five wins in 14 games.

But there is no denying the ability of Maxwell, who has an ODI strike-rate of 123. Asked, following Australia's 101-run win over Middlesex at Lord's on Saturday, if Maxwell was a worry, answered: "He is. But that said I have been super impressed with Glenn Maxwell, his preparation has been literally outstanding."

"I would be very surprised if he doesn't get a very big score very soon. There's been a lot of talk about but I have been incredibly impressed with the way he goes about his business and even the way he has been batting in the nets."

Langer, appointed after fellow former Test batsman resigned as following the Australian ball-tampering scandal in in March, was sure Maxwell would eventually benefit from spending so much time with Ponting.

- 'Absolute star' -


"He has just had a couple of months with 'Punter' (Ponting) in the IPL, to have the influence of someone like Punter is gold.

'Punter' is joining us again tomorrow (Sunday), so if he (Maxwell) keeps preparing well and keeps trusting his preparation it is not far until he becomes an absolute star, I think. He's got so much talent."

World champions Australia won their warm-up fixtures but failed to post a total of 300 when batting first in both games -- a of a series with hosts England that starts at The Oval on Wednesday.

Australia will want to atone for a 4-1 series loss at home to England, now number one in the ODI rankings, earlier this year.

But as well as being without two world-class batsmen in former and his deputy, David Warner, who both received year-long bans following the ball-tampering incident in Cape Town, Australia are also missing their injured Ashes-winning fast-trio of Mitchell Starc, and

As a result, it will be a novice pace attack that confronts England, with (15 ODIs) likely to be spearheading a unit where (four), (two), Jhye Richardson (one) and the uncapped will be vying for places.

Langer said Queensland's Neser, who moved with his family to the from his native aged 10, should not be discounted just because he was summoned as Hazlewood's replacement on the eve of a tour that also includes a lone Twenty20 international.

The 28-year-old Neser took three wickets in the two warm-up matches including a stunning reflex caught and bowled against Middlesex.

"One I am really impressed with is Michael Neser," said Langer.

Neser also played a key role as the Adelaide Strikers won last year's edition of Australia's Bash Twenty20 tournament and was Queensland's leading wicket-taker in the domestic One-Day Cup.

The coach added that Neser's determined attitude made him think of two other former pacemen who had to battle hard to be selected for Australia.

"He reminds me a bit of and

"They're just great people in the team, always smiling, and they just compete.

"He's a really good person to have in the team, good competitor and could easily play in the first game.

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First Published: Sun, June 10 2018. 20:10 IST