Ricky Ponting believes that England’s top hitters’ technique isn’t up to par in terms of testing.
After England’s humiliation in the Ashes, Ricky Ponting declared the current England side to be the worst-performing team to tour the country.
With an innings and 14-point triumph in Melbourne, Australia sealed the urn’s retention within 12 days of cricket — England spent more time in quarantine before the tour began – and took a 3-0 lead.
- Ricky Ponting & His Reaction
Former players have called the tourists’ collapse to 68 all out in the second inning of the Boxing Day Test “embarrassing,” and former Australian captain Ponting believes many of their batters aren’t up to par.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team in Australia perform worse than they have in the last three games,” Ponting remarked.
“Without giving names, some of the top English hitters I’ve seen on a previous couple of tours have some approaches that I simply know won’t hold up in testing.”
“You get what happened when you put world-class bowlers against mediocre skills in challenging situations (at the MCG). Their serve, based on what I’ve seen, is simply not good enough.”
The repercussions began with questions about Captain Joe Root’s and manager Chris Silverwood’s roles, and there was no shortage of inquiries concerning county cricket and if it is generating players who are ready for testing.
One alternative, according to Ponting, is to implement the Kookaburra ball in the LV= Insurance County Championship, similar to how Australia implemented the Dukes in 2016-17 to assist prepare their hitters for 2019 Ashes.
“This is something we’ve gone through in Australia,” Ponting continued. “If you go back a few years to when we were struggling in England, you’ll notice that we altered the conditions, the ball, and everything else because we were struggling in those conditions.”
“England may want to consider how they may make their conditions more conducive to ours. They still play well in England, but not so much when they come here – so perhaps they’ll use the Kookaburra ball more.”
Australia travelled to England with a large squad and played intra-squad matches to get used to the conditions and decide their Ashes series lineup. Ponting was also an assistant coach on the England tour, which coincided with the World Cup.
Batters used to regularly produce first-class averages in the 50s and were rarely selected for the Test team during Australia’s golden era in the early 2000s under Ponting’s captaincy, but that has changed in recent years.
Cricket Australia (CA) approved the use of the Duke Ball in a few Sheffield Shield matches, as well as re-centring the league as much as feasible in the domestic summer to coincide with the Big Bash League.
With their below-average performances throughout the years, England’s top-order has not been worth considering. The fact that the ‘extras’ offered by other countries account for England’s third-highest runscorer in 2021 speaks something about the English batting lineup’s lack of quality. The top-order batsmen, with the exception of Joe Root, have all failed horribly in their attempts to contribute significant runs for their team.