Ponting not happy with team Australia for showing ‘no desperation’

Ponting not happy with team Australia for showing ‘no desperation’

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Sydney, Jan 6: Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting on Sunday expressed his unhappiness with the current team for showing 'no desperation' after off spinner Nathan Lyon stayed away from reviewing his lbw decision on day four of the fourth and final Test against visitors here.

Lyon after being hit on the pad in Kuldeep Yadav's delivery was given lbw, took Mitchell Starc's suggestion who was at the other end whether to review the decision, but the duo decided against it despite two challenges remaining.

At stumps on day four, the hosts were all out for 300 in the first innings after India enforced follow-on.

Australia still trail India by 322 runs in their second innings while India declared their first innings at 622/7.

"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 was quoted as saying on Channel 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," he added.

The former three-time World Cup winning cricketer also slammed pacer Starc, who was at the non-stricker’s end, for not intervening. "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," Ponting added. (UNI)