Ricky Ponting believes Australia should not shuffle players for Perth Test
Earlier former cricketer Shane Warne had suggested including Marcus Stoinis for Peter Handscomb.
Updated - Dec 10, 2018 10:45 pm
It is not an everyday story to see an Australian side being 0-1 down in a Test series at home. With the recent historic Test win at Adelaide, the Indian team has just done that. Needless to concede, there seems to be some ruffled feathers in the Australian camp. However, former Aussie cricketer Ricky Ponting feels that the team should not get into the panic mode just yet.
As the preparations for the Perth Test begins, many pundits feel that the hosts might just be a little tempted to make changes to their playing eleven. Some reckon that perhaps Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch swapping places in the batting order could help their cause. However, Ricky Ponting is absolutely against any of such moves, as he feels it would affect the mindset of the players. Also, former cricketer Shane Warne had suggested including Marcus Stoinis for Peter Handscomb. Ponting, however, feels an unchanged eleven should take the field in Perth.
“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. Little things like that would come into their minds. If I was them, I’d be tempted to keep it the same way,” Ricky Ponting quoted.
“I’d have to leave it like it is. They decided that was their strongest line-up going into this week and opinion shouldn’t change on the back of one game,” Ponting remarked as per the quotes in News18.
‘Perth will suit Australia’
Commenting further on the series, Ricky Ponting noted that the conditions in Perth will certainly help Australia more. He also credited the Indian team for being the better side in Adelaide but thoroughly believes that the hosts are capable to turn things around soon.
“I think Perth will definitely suit our guys a lot more than the Indian players, but the Aussies need to bounce back pretty quickly. They played pretty poorly this week and got within 30 runs. And that’s not saying India played at their absolute best either, but they’re absolutely capable,” conceded the former Australian skipper.