Former Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting who is known for his thirst for victory has slammed Australian team for not showing any kind of desperation even after a follow-on situation. In the history of Australian cricket a follow-on from India on home soil is a big setback after 30 years.
Ricky Ponting’s comment came after Nathan Lyon opted not to review his lbw when given out to Kuldeep Yadav despite there being two challenges remaining. Lyon walked off almost straightaway after the decision from umpire Ian Gould, as non-striker Mitchell Starc without take advantage the DRS.
The ball from Kuldeep was very full and may have hit Lyon's boot flush, which means the umpire has to consider it goes straight on. Experts like Ponting think there could also have been a question as to whether Lyon got outside the line.
"That dismissal actually says a lot to me about the mindset of this Australian team at the moment. There's no desperation there whatsoever," Ponting said on Seven, one of the host broadcasters. "Why wouldn't they have had a look at that? They've still got the two reviews up their sleeve. There had to be some sort of doubt in that.
Given out straight away and Mitchell Starc just puts his hand out and says 'oh well, it's not me, it's up to you to make [a call]'. Well, unfortunately, when you're out there together it's a partnership. You've got to do whatever you can to try and save your mate. And there was absolutely none of that there. And as it's shown already that would have been given not out. Slack and not desperate enough."
"You can see where Mitchell Starc is standing at the non-striker's end," he added. "One, look how wide he's standing. There's no need to be that wide in the first place. Nathan Lyon looks up, 'Oh what do you reckon?' 'Oh I don't know mate. Yeah I don't know. But let's not bother looking. We've only got two [reviews] up our sleeve.'"
After the day's play was curtailed by bad light with Australia having been asked to follow-on in a home Test for the first time in 31 years, Peter Handscomb insisted there were no issues with Lyon walking straight off.
Ponting's forceful reaction was not his first stinging comment during the match. On the third day he had also made a pointed reference to Australia's inability to make big runs following comments over the last couple of games that the pitches have not provided enough assistance to the home attack. "If they're flat, get some runs on them," he said.
There have been suggestions of tensions in the Australia camp throughout this Test following the bowling performance on the opening day, where they went to a short-pitched tactic midway through the first session.
Cricket experts along with the media on numerous occasions have questioned and criticised the home team and the coaching staff for their lacklustre performance in the series. But former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting has come out in support of team coach Justin Langer. Ponting admitted that the Australian team has not played well against India but asserted that Langer was the best person to be in charge of the team.