Melbourne: Former Australian batsman Ricky Ponting said that there is no flaw in the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) pitch, but Australian batsmen have batted very poorly against Indian bowlers in the second Test.
By the end of the third day’s play, India has dominated Australia by taking six wickets for 133 runs. Australia have four wickets left and they have a lead of just two runs in the second innings.
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Criticizing the Australian batsmen, Ricky Ponting said, ‘You can’t blame the pitch. The pitch is perfect today. The ball was spinning a bit, but you expect this in advance. The first day of the Test match helps the fast bowlers, but this is just a sample of bad, far worse batting.
This former captain told ‘Channel Seven’ that his team’s batsmen did not play cautiously against Indian bowlers.
He said, ‘This is one reason, I think he was out playing bad shots. He failed to run the score board regularly and this put pressure on him. When pressure is created, bad shots are used.
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He said, ‘I talked about it in the first innings and especially the way Ravichandran Ashwin played. They were playing defensively against him. He bowled well but sometimes against the best bowlers you have to take more risk as a batsman. It is a fact that they will not bowl poorly.
On this occasion, Ponting (Ricky Ponting) praised the Indian bowling attack, saying, ‘If there are bowlers with low skills, then you know that there will be one or two chances to score runs but Bumrah, Ashwin, Jadeja and even Siraj also made no mistake. He forced the Australian batsmen to make a mistake ‘.