Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting on Tuesday criticised England for their poor planning, thoughts and structures, saying it has “come back to bite them” after the visitors lost the Ashes following an embarrassing defeat in the third Test here.
Joe Root’s men were the fastest to surrender the Urn after they were skittled out for a meagre 68 on day 3 of the third Test to lose the match by an innings and 14 runs. England had lost the first two Tests by nine wickets and 275 runs at Brisbane and Adelaide respectively.
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England had left out the experienced pace duo of Stuart Broad and James Anderson from the first Test squad. Anderson was not selected to keep him for ready for the day-night second Test in Adelaide, while left-arm spinner Jack Leach was picked over Broad for the just-concluded match.
“They’ve out-thought themselves with their selections for Brisbane, looking forward to Adelaide and then looking forward to the MCG,” Ponting told Channel Seven.
“Pick your best team from the start and then see how far that group can take you. The fact that Anderson and Broad didn’t play in Brisbane is staggering.” Ponting also slammed Root’s decision to bat first on a green pitch in overcast conditions in Brisbane.
“The fact that Joe Root didn’t bowl first in Brisbane was staggering. The fact that Mark Wood didn’t play in Adelaide was staggering. He looked like one of the most likely bowlers up in Brisbane,” he said.
In the Brisbane Test, England had picked the pace trio of Mark Wood, Chris Woakes and Ollie Robinson alongside Ben Stokes, who returned to action since March after being away from the game due to injuries and mental health.
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But England decided to rest Wood for the Adelaide Test although he looked in good rhythm.
“All their planning, their thoughts and their structures have just been completely wrong, and it’s come back to bite them,” Ponting said.
“There’s no good looking forward from Brisbane if you’re going to be one or two nil down. And that’s what it was: they planned for Melbourne – already being two-nil down, they’ve come here and been pantsed again. So, they’ve got some really, really deep thinking to do.”
Australia’s pace bowling depth could keep Boland out of side: Ponting
Australia pacer Scott Boland’s Ashes heroics on his debut might not be enough to ensure another test appearance for the 32-year-old, former captain Ricky Ponting said on Tuesday.
Boland came into the squad as cover with pace colleague Josh Hazlewood sidelined by a side strain and Jhye Richardson and Michael Neser suffering the after-effects of playing in the second Test in Adelaide and was handed his red-ball debut in Melbourne on Sunday.
He finished with figures of 6-7 in four overs in England’s second innings, as Australia beat the tourists by an innings and 14 runs to retain the Ashes with a 3-0 series win.
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Despite Boland’s performance, Ponting suggested he might struggle to play for Australia again due to their deep fast bowling reserves.
“That could conceivably be the last test that he plays,” Ponting told cricket.com.au. “It’s staggering to think. He’s almost 33, he’s just taken six for seven.
“If Hoff’s (Hazlewood) not available, I think you’ve got to go back to Jhye. In the pecking order of things, he was selected before Boland for Adelaide – I think that’s the fair thing to do.
“It wasn’t like Jhye bowled badly in Adelaide either, he got five wickets in the second innings. On the pecking order it probably deserves to be Jhye, but it would be harsh on Scotty.”
(With inputs from Reuters)