Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting expressed concern after the team suffered a massive defeat to India in the Boxing Day Test and said selectors will have to think a lot in the coming days. India took an eight-wicket victory over Australia in the second test on Tuesday. David Warner was ruled out of the second test, while Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschange failed to perform according to their capabilities, giving India the upper hand in the match. Ponting said Warner, Smith and Labuschange are “vital” to the team.
“They need Warner back, they need Smith to score points, they also need Labuschange to find last summer’s form. (Labuschagne) didn’t look as good as last summer and those three players are just so important. for this Australian line-up, it’s that simple, ”Cricket.com.au quoted Ponting.
“We saw the last tour here (in 2018-19) with Smith and Warner who weren’t there, how vulnerable Australia looked back then. At the moment Smith hasn’t actually been there, Warner hasn’t been and Marnus has a few made. of the 40 but had all kinds of luck and couldn’t capitalize. It just proves how important they are, “he added.
Australia will have a lot of questions to answer before choosing the playing XI for the third test in Sydney, according to Ponting, who also thought about the players who should play in the third game.
“I think it’s pretty clear – if Warner is fit, Burns will just go out. I’m sure there will be some talk about whether (Matthew) Wade stays on top or we bring in another opener like Pucovski or ( Marcus) Harris. Do you go with two regular openers and lock Wade back in the middle and miss someone like Travis Head? ”He said.
“It’s hard for me to say what’s going to happen because I don’t know what’s available, but I think now the questions will be Burns, and I’m sure there will be a few (other) questions. hear them today – about Travis Head’s place on the team. I hope they stay with Head. I don’t think they want to make too many changes in the middle of a series, but the selectors … they’ve got to answer more questions now than in a long, long time. They have to talk a lot, think a lot over the next few days, “added Ponting.
The third test between India and Australia starts on January 7 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
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