Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting believes eight cricketers from the touring Australian squad will never feature in Test squad following the Trent Bridge humiliation at the hand of arch-rival England.
Ponting oberved that the current Australian Test cricketers are vulnerable to the seam movement of new ball.
Australia went to play the fourth Test at Trent Bridge trailing 2-1 in the five match Ashes series. But, James Anderson less England broke the spine of Australian batting line up as the visitor ws folded up inside paltry 60, the seventh lowest total in the history of Test cricket.
Englandd took the command over the Test after posting 331 runs lead over Australia. Australian opener Chrish Rogers and David Warner gave good start to Australia accumulating 113 runs in first wicket partnership. But, as both of them fell to Ben Stokes, Australia once again suffered a collapse, as a result it seems England will secure the urn inside three days.
Australian media sliced cricketers for the fall out. Now one of the former greats Ricky Ponting, after enduring the pain at Nottingham thrown hard word at the players.
“There could be up to 8 guys who might not ever play Test cricket again in this touring squad. That’s a big number… half the squad,” Ponting was quoted as saying by ‘ESPNcricinfo.com’.
The legendary Australian batsman said these bunch of pleyers don’t have the caliber to play Test cricket. “You’ve got to break it down and look at the deficiencies. The cold, hard facts are there. If we got bowled out for 60 then England batted on the same pitch and (declared) for 391 (is indicative that), one, we didn’t bat well, and two, we probably didn’t bowl well either.
“Now, here we are again at 7-241, which actually should be the best batting conditions for the whole game,” Ponting was quoted as saying by cricinfo after the end of day two.
“They just haven’t been good enough. I don’t care what they want to say or why they want to blame or whatever.”
In the first innings Stuart Broad’s 8 for 15 and in the second innings Ben Stokes’s 5 for 35 left Australia on the brink of 14 years of Ashes defeat in England.
However, Ponting praised fighting of opener Chris Rogers and David Wraner for moulding a century partnership in the second innings but lamanted they “seemingly got through the hard times against the new ball, and then both of them probably played shots they wouldn’t be that proud of”.
“The moving ball again today just found our batsmen (out), brought them undone again. Rogers’ was a wide one swinging away, (Michael) Clarke’s was a decent outswinger as well (but) maybe didn’t have to go as hard at as he did. “Tough day at the office – and most of them have been for the Aussies over the past few weeks.”
Ponting did not mention any name. But, he and his former team mate Shane Warne brutally criticised Steve Smith. So, it the list of eight player copuld be featured by Steve Smith. The other seven players could be Shane Watson, whose form is pathetic, now touring with the team being dropped cricketer. The rest of the could be like this: 35 year old Adam Voges, Shaun Marsh whose presence in the playing eleven is not tangible, Peter Siddle who did not play a single match in the series might going through his last tour, 37 year old wickt keeper Brad Haddin, 33 year old leg spinner Fawad Ahmed and the captain Michael Clrake himself for his flawed technique at the twlight of career.