Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes that the hosts need to fight back like India did walking into the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. 

Steve Smith has failed to perform in 4 innings so far. (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ricky Ponting has stressed on the changes required by Australia to bounce back in Syndey
  • India have won their 2nd straight Boxing Day Test, this time under Ajinkya Rahane
  • India won the Boxing Day Test against Australia in 2018 under Kohli’s captaincy

After a thumping win by Australia in the 1st Test of the Border Gavaskar Trophy, India bounced back in the Boxing Day Test match winning the game by 8 wickets on Day 4. This is India’s 2nd straight Boxing Day Test win against Australia, after they had won the 2018 Test match in Melbourne.

While Team India missed the services of captain Virat Kohli, pacer Mohammad Shami, the visitors made the most of the resources under the captaincy of Ajinkya Rahane in the 2nd Test. Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has said that, for the hosts to bounce back in the 3rd Test, they need to do exactly what India did walking into Melbourne.

“Shoe is on the other foot, they have just got to do exactly what India did coming into this week. And there’s some soul searching to do and Justin Langer would be very disappointed with the output from a lot of the players this week. Tim Paine has just spoken about that now,” Ponting said on 7Cricket.

While Australia arguably have the best bowling attack in the world, their batting has been a concern this series and David Warner missing to top it. Ponting has thrown light on this issue and said that he expects from change in personnel.

“Concerns are, Warner coming back what are they gonna do top of the order. I mean their bowling’s set, we know that. Their level of bowling. But they’ve looked fragile with their batting and they have been tentative, that’s the thing and let the Indian bowlers dictate, that’s not the way Australian teams play. Expect some personnel change, but I think there might be a bit of a change in mindset as well,” he added.



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