Former captain Ricky Ponting on Tuesday slammed the Australian batsmen for lacking intent whereas dealing with Indian bowlers within the ongoing Test collection, saying the hosts must cease being “scared of getting out” to arrest the slide.
India registered a exceptional eight-wicket win within the second Test right here after a humiliating defeat within the first match in Adelaide the place that they had scored their lowest ever Test rating of 36.
“(Australia) made 191 there (in Adelaide), 195 and 200 here. That’s not batting in Test match cricket. And the worry I’ve got is how long it takes them to get those runs. That’s my issue,” Ponting informed cricket.com.au.
“They’ve got to show some more intent. They can’t be scared of getting out. They’ve got to go out and bat and score runs and they’ve got to get them quicker than two-and-a-half runs an over.”
The legendary batsman stated the nationwide selectors “have got more questions to answer now than they have had in a long time”.
He stated if the Australians had been making an attempt to use themselves and bat for lengthy durations of time, they “haven’t been good enough to do that” as may 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) and so they did (that) against India within the final collection out right here (and) that was additionally one other dropping collection.
“I think they need to have a good look at how they’re playing.”
In the 2 Tests to this point, Australia’s highest particular person rating is Tim Paine’s unbeaten 73 in Adelaide, whereas there have solely been three partnerships price greater than 50.
“It’s all about partnerships and they haven’t had any partnerships through the first couple of games,” stated Ponting, some of the profitable captains ever in world cricket.
“The cracks are probably 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.
“Right 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 need Warner back, they need Smith to score runs, they need Labuschange to find the form of last summer as well,” stated the legendary batsman.
“… those three players are so vitally important to this Australian line up. We saw the last tour out here (in 2018-19) with Smith and Warner not being there how frail Australia looked then.”