Canberra, Dec 11 : Following Australia's defeat in first Test at Adelaide Oval on Monday, Australian supporters and former cricketers urged their team to make changes in their play eleven, but former Australia captain Ricky Ponting said that Tim Paine and the Australian management should stick to the same XI and the batting order for the second Test against India.
According to Cricket Australia official website, on Monday former Test skipper Ponting reposed his faith in the team, he said Australia should pick the same XI and retain the same batting order for the second Domain Test against India, saying making any changes just one Test into the summer would be an overreaction to their loss in Adelaide.
The former Aussie captain also came in Aaron Finch's support. He said ''Australians should resist the urge to move him down the order after just one Test.''
Many former Australian cricketers like Mike Hussey suggesting Usman Khwaja's name for the second Test, but Ponting wants Finch to open. ''If selectors, coach Justin Langer and skipper Tim Paine believed Finch should open in Adelaide, their opinion shouldn’t change a week later,'' he told to cricket.com.au, an official website of Cricket Australia.
''I just think that’d be really reactionary. The selectors have made a decision, or whoever is setting the batting order, that they think Aaron Finch is the right guy to be opening the batting for Australia. “When you start moving guys around, it just creates more uncertainty. Finch would potentially train differently next week than he had this week because he’s not opening (and) Usman has to train differently because he is opening,'' Ponting added.
Australian skipper Tim Paine didn’t dismiss the idea of changing the batting order for the second Test, but said any discussions about that would happen over the coming days.(UNI)