Ricky Ponting, England’s former captain, has commented on the team’s poor performance in the Ashes, claiming that it is “perhaps the worst-looking English side to have toured Australia for the coveted series.” With Australia winning the first three Tests to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the five-match series, England’s hopes of reclaiming the Ashes are vanished.
With Australia comfortably winning the first three Tests to establish an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series, England’s hopes of reclaiming the Ashes have vanished, and if things are to improve, Ponting proposes the visitors go back to the drawing board.
Ricky Ponting said:
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team in Australia perform worse than what I’ve witnessed in the last three games. This is something we’ve gone through in Australia. If you go back a few years to when we were struggling in England, we changed the conditions. The ball, and everything else because we were so poor in those conditions”
England has been whitewashed in Australia before, most recently in the 2013 series. But seeing the batting capitulate this time is a new low, according to Ponting. With the exception of Joe Root and Dawid Malan, the rest of the English hitters. Have cut a terrible figure, with no contributions from Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Ollie Pope, or even Ben Stokes.
“Without naming names, some of the English top-order batters. I’ve seen on recent tours have some tactics that I just know aren’t going to hold up in a Test match. What happened today (at the MCG) was a result of difficult conditions and world-class bowlers facing sub-standard methods “Ponting added.
“The small swing dibbly-dobblers that got them out in county cricket aren’t going to get them out in Test cricket. They’re up against bowling-capable opponents. Their batting is simply not good enough, based on what I’ve seen.”