Former captain Ricky Ponting on Tuesday slammed the Australian batsmen for missing intent whereas dealing with Indian bowlers within the ongoing Check collection, saying the hosts must cease being “afraid of getting out” to arrest the slide.
India registered a exceptional eight-wicket win within the second Check right here after a humiliating defeat within the first match in Adelaide the place they’d scored their lowest ever Check rating of 36.
“(Australia) made 191 there (in Adelaide), 195 and 200 right here. That is not batting in Check match cricket. And the concern I’ve acquired is how lengthy it takes them to get these runs. That is my difficulty,” Ponting informed cricket.com.au.
“They have to point out some extra intent. They can not be afraid of getting out. They have to exit and bat and rating runs they usually’ve acquired to get them faster than two-and-a-half runs an over.”
The legendary batsman stated the nationwide selectors “have gotten extra inquiries to reply now than they’ve had in a very long time”. He stated if the Australians have been making an attempt to use themselves and bat for lengthy intervals of time, they “have not been ok to do this” as might be seen in Adelaide and on the MCG.
“They’ve scored at two-and-a-half runs an over in Adelaide and right here (in Melbourne) they usually did (that) in opposition to India within the final collection out right here (and) that was additionally one other dropping collection. I believe they should have an excellent take a look at how they’re taking part in.”
Within the two Assessments to this point, Australia’s highest particular person rating is Tim Paine’s unbeaten 73 in Adelaide, whereas there have solely been three partnerships value greater than 50.
“It is all about partnerships they usually have not had any partnerships via the primary couple of video games,” stated Ponting, probably the most profitable captains ever in world cricket. The cracks are most likely painted over from Adelaide.”
Ponting conceded that star batsman Steve Smith is struggling and he must get again to kind if Australia have to remain afloat within the collection. Smith has scored 1, 1 not out, zero and eight within the 4 innings to this point.
“Proper now, Smith principally hasn’t been there, Warner hasn’t been there and Marnus has made a few 40s however had all types of luck and never been in a position to capitalise. They want Warner again, they want Smith to attain runs, they want Labuschange to search out the type of final summer season as nicely,” stated the legendary batsman.
“… these three gamers are so vitally vital to this Australian line up. We noticed the final tour out right here (in 2018-19) with Smith and Warner not being there how frail Australia appeared then.”