Australia vs India 2018: They’ve Made Way too Many Mistakes – Ricky Ponting on Australia’s Batting Lineup
Former Australia Test great Ricky Ponting has singled out a few problems in Austalia’s batting order. Seemingly disappointed with the batsmen in the India Tests, Ponting says they have made a lot of mistakes. As India had already retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy and had plundered a mammoth 622/7 dec in the first innings in Sydney, Ricky thinks there’s isn’t an easy come back for the hosts at this point.
India racks up 600 plus on day two
Sydney has been India’s happy hunting ground in the past as well. Meanwhile, on the current tour, the India National Cricket Team scored more than 600 runs on day two. Courtesy a marathon knock from Cheteshwar Pujara (193), India walked over Australia in three sessions. Moreover, Rishabh Pant hit his second hundred in Tests, remaining unbeaten on 159. Plus, Ravindra Jadeja also hit 81 to help go past 600 in the first innings.
Looking from a distance at the venue itself, Ricky felt the Aussies have enough mistakes, both mentally and technically to see themselves in such a position. He further said India had the best batting conditions in MCG and SCG; keeping their noses in front in the Test series.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli-led India is on the verge of winning the Test series for the first time on Australian soil; and Ponting, looking at the current turn of events, he thinks India is well on course to create history.
“As far as I’m concerned, this batting group through this series has made way too many mistakes,” Ponting told cricket.com.au. “Technical, mental, whatever those mistakes may be, they’ve made a lot of mistakes. It hasn’t necessarily been the first mistake they’ve made either that’s led to them getting out. They’ve made a lot of mistakes then eventually got out.”
Lack of depth in batting has cost Australia – Ricky
Furthermore, he talked about the lack of depth in Australia’s batting lineup. With the rock-solid Pujara scoring 521 runs in seven innings so far, no Aussie batsmen have crossed the 250-run mark. Also, Ponting said Travis Head being their only batsmen 200’s shows how much of a problem their batsmen have been going through.
“To be fair, India have probably had the best of the batting conditions. The first part of the game in Melbourne was the best time to bat, and now (day one and two) is going to be the best time to bat here in Sydney. You look at the top five run-scorers and four of them are Indians and we’ve got Travis Head sitting at No.5 with 217 runs when Rishabh has got 350 as their keeper-batter. That highlights how little impact our batsmen have had on this series.”
Meanwhile, at stumps on day two, Australia is 24/0, trailing India behind 598 runs in the fourth Test at the SCG.
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