Australia’s performance in the 4th Test match in Ashes against England was commendable. With the efforts of bowling unit and Steve Smith in batting, the Aussies have retained the Ashes urn. Ricky Ponting has appreciated not only the effort of Smith but also hailed the bowling unit to back the hardwork of the batters.
Australia on the first Inning of 4th Test match posted a total of 497 runs banking on Steve Smith’s double ton. England needed 382 runs but Australian bowlers produced a scintillating effort to halt the chase.
There was a difference in Bowling Attack: Ricky Ponting
Pat Cummins took the crucial wickets of Rory Burns, Joe Root, Jason Roy and Ben Stokes. Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood picked two wickets each which changed the game in Australia. The host was all out for 197 runs as the visitors took the game home by a margin of 185 runs.
Former Australian batsman Ricky Ponting noticed the efforts made by the bowlers and admired them. They have levelled themselves with England’s bowling, he remarked.
“I think they (Australia) should have had a bigger lead, not just on the back of Steve Smith,” Ponting, one of the best batsmen of his generation, told Sky Sports. “Everyone is talking about what impact he has had, but the whole bowling department has been absolutely outstanding. Look at the difference in the bowling attacks in this game.”
“(Mitchell) Starc, (Pat) Cummins, (Josh) Hazlewood and (Nathan) Lyon, match that up with the England attack. There were more holes in that England attack than the Australia one. They were relentless in everything they did,” Ricky Ponting added.
Steve Smith took home the player of the match scoring 393 runs including a double hundred and a half-century. In total, he has scored 671 runs and regained his position of No.1 in ICC Test batting ranking.
The fifth and the final Test Match of the ongoing Ashes will be played on 12 September at the Oval ground.