Australian Batsmen Lacked Intent In The 2nd Test: Ricky Ponting
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Australian Batsmen Lacked Intent In The 2nd Test: Ricky Ponting

Tim Paine
Tim Paine. Image Credit: Twitter.

Ricky Ponting feels Australian batsmen lacked intent while batting, citing the lack of drives and pull shots from the Australians as a reason behind their failure in first 2 Tests where they failed to score in excess of 200 even once.

Ricky Ponting, while speaking on the ‘Unplayable podcast’, further added that on the 4th day of the Melbourne Test, Shubman Gill and Ajinkya Rahane played more pull shots than Australia have played in their four innings so far.

Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting (Image Credit: Twitter)

Ricky Ponting: Indian Batsmen Played More Pull Shots

Ajinkya Rahane is leading Test scorer from both sides in 2 Tests aggregating 181 runs averaging 60.33 with a captain’s knock of 112 in 2nd Test while Shubman Gill amassed 80 runs in his debut Test.

“Probably, yes. But i can count on one hand in Two Test matches how many pull shots have been played, how many drives down the ground have you seen? You can’t tell me there haven’t been short balls bowled or full balls bowled. There have been enough.”

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill (Image Credit: Google)

“We saw today, i know it was a small total and it is easier to go and play your shots, but Shubman Gill & Ajinkya Rahane played more good pull shots than I think Australia have played in the two Tests. For Indian batsmen to do that against our attack & for ours to not, it’ll be a cop-out to just say their bowlers were good.”

Australia have been guilty of scoring at a slow rate in the Two Tests, which has surprised plenty of experts including Ricky Ponting. The Australian cricket team batted 102.3 overs in the second innings of the second Test, but they could only manage to post 200 runs on the board, scoring at a run rate of just over 2 runs per over.

Ricky Ponting claims their conservative batting approach handed India initiative as the team were further without services of pacer Umesh Yadav who limped off the field after bowling 3.3 overs.

Australia Were Struggling Against Indian Bowlers

Australia went on to create some unwanted records in the Melbourne Test defeat. For the first time in this century, they failed to score 200 runs in a Test innings despite batting for 100 overs. They were 196-9 at the 100 over the mark. It was also the first time since 1988 that no Australian player scored a 50 in a home Test match.

Joe Burns and David Warner
Joe Burns and David Warner. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Even though India were without some of their key bowlers like Mohammed Shami who was injured in 1st Test and Ishant Sharma who was unavailable for injury concerns, the Australian batting struggled. It will be interesting to see if the Australians bounce back as they will have the presence of David Warner, Will Pucovski and Sean Abbott for the next two Tests. Joe Burns who failed in warm up games and two Tests excepting a fifty in 2nd has been excluded.

David Warner is 5th after likes of Marnus Labuschagne, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith and Ajinkya Rahane in highest run-getter in ICC World Championships amassing 881 runs in 10 Tests averaging 55.06. He notched up an unbeaten 335 against Pakistan and will hope to derail Indian pacers and spinners by his aggressive batting approach.

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