Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting was far from pleased with Joe Root’s comments in the post-match presentation. The England skipper had implied that the bowlers needed to bowl more fuller and did not comment about the poor performance of the batsmen.
England have failed to breach the 300 run mark in the series so far. Apart from Joe Root and Dawid Malan, the rest of the batting unit have been tame at best.
Ponting was not happy with the fact that Root blamed the bowlers when the batsmen have not backed them with runs. The legendary cricketer noted that it was Root’s responsibility to make sure that the bowlers are bowling according to the plan. While speaking to Cricket Australia, Ponting said:
I nearly fell off my seat when I heard that, Whose job is it then to make them change? Why are you captain then?”If you can’t influence your bowlers on what length to bowl, what are you doing on the field?
Joe Root can come back and say whatever he likes but if you’re captain, you’ve got to be able to sense when your bowlers aren’t bowling where you want them to. That’s what captaincy is all about.”
Ponting also claimed that England bowlers were bowling at their best when Ben Stokes took over the captaincy from Root during his time off the field.
“The interesting thing for me is the only time they bowled full in the game was when Joe Root wasn’t on the ground,”
“The start of day four when they had a meeting on the ground before play started, Stokes took over the captaincy, and that was the only time in the game they pitched the ball up.”
England suffered a humiliating 275-run defeat in Adelaide to go 0-2 down in the series. Their tactics, approach, and technique have been lambasted by fans and pundits alike, with a whitewash being proclaimed as a highly likely possibility if the trend goes on.
The visitors last won a Test in Australia back in 2010. Their scorelines over the last 2 Ashes series have been 5-0 and 4-0. The next Test will start on Boxing Day at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.
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