Melbourne: Former Aussie batsman Ricky Ponting said there was no flaw in the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), but the Aussie beaters hit the Indian bowlers very poorly in the second test.
At the end of the third day of play, India led Australia to win six wickets for 133 points. Australia have four wickets on the left and they have a lead of just two points in the second set.
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Criticizing Australian beaters, Ricky Ponting said: “ You can’t blame the pitch. The ground is perfect today. The ball was spinning a bit, but you’d expect that in advance. Day one of the practice game helps the fast bowlers, but it’s just a sample of bad batting, much worse.
The former captain told Channel Seven his team’s batsmen did not play cautiously against the Indian bowlers.
He said: ‘That’s a reason I think he was playing bad shots. He failed to manage the scoreboard regularly and that put pressure on him. When pressure is created bad shots are used.
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He said: “I talked about it in the first sets and especially the way Ravichandran Ashwin played. They were playing defensively against him. He played well, but sometimes against the best bowlers you have to take more risks as a batsman. It is a fact that they will not play badly.
On this occasion, Ponting (Ricky Ponting) praised the Indian bowling attack, saying, “ If there are bowlers with low skills then you know there will be one or two chances to score points but Bumrah, Ashwin, Jadeja and even Siraj were not wrong either. He forced the Australian batsmen to make a mistake ”.