In the home series against South Africa and Bangladesh, Indian bowlers showed commendable performance. Mohammed Shami being best in his form, Umesh Yadav‘s return in the squad and as usual experienced Ishant Sharma‘s wicket-taking ability were the highlights of that series. However, former Australian captain, Ricky Ponting doesn’t believe that India’s bowling attacking is better than Australia.
The former cricketer praised India’s bowling line up but when he compares it with Australia’s bowling attack, he finds his country superior. He opined that India has fewer variations among the spinner because of which they struggle in Australian soil. So, Ponting prefered Australian attack over the Indians.
“I am taking ours every day of the week. India’s is fantastic; Bumrah and Shami have been amazing for the last couple of years and then you put Umesh Yadav into the equation with Ishant Sharma, they’ve got some very, very good fast bowlers. And when you put Ashwin and Jadeja in there, their attack is very good,” cricket.com.au quoted Ponting as saying.
“But their spinners struggle more in Australia, Nathan Lyon has a much better record in Australia than the Indian spinners have. And I love the variation we have with Mitchell Starc in the line-up; that left-arm just provides a little bit of something different. And he’s bowling as well as I’ve ever seen him, so there are some even better signs for this Australian attack,” Ricky Ponting added.
Meanwhile, in the two-match Test series against Pakistan, Australia registered the victory by 2-0. Fast bowler Mitchell Starc took seven wickets in both the Tests. Spinner Nathan Lyon was the most successful bowler in the third innings of Adelaide Test as he picked five wickets of visitors. The bowling attack of Australia helped the hosts to clean-sweep Pakistan in this Test series. The victory has led Australia to the second spot with 176 points in the World Test Championship (WTC).
I can’t see how there’ll be any changes – Ricky Ponting
Australia’s next assignment is against New Zealand at home. The two teams will play the three-match Test series. Ricky Ponting wants that Australia should head with the same playing XI against New Zealand in the first Test match.
“I can’t see how there’ll be any changes. It has been hard for them here. It hasn’t been hot, but the wicket has been flat and hard and they’ve run in and kept grinding. With a week off now, they will freshen up and I’d expect the same XI,” Ponting said.