Ricky Ponting reveals his choice of openers for Test series against India
Ricky Ponting led Australia to great heights while donning the skipper's hat
Updated - Nov 19, 2020 7:04 pm
The much-awaited India- Australia clash is set to kick off on November 27 with One Day Internationals. After the conclusion of ODIs and T20Is, a four match Test series will follow up between the two cricketing giants. In the debate that is going on over the Test opening partner of David Warner, former skipper Ricky Ponting has come up with his stand. Ponting believes that Joe Burns should continue alongside Warner in the longest format.
The debate between Joe Burns and Will Pucovski is on for grabbing the opening slot in Test cricket. The debate got more prominent when Pucovski took Sheffield Shield by storm by smashing two straight double tons. On the contrary, Burns had a dismal run in the domestic arena. Despite this fact, Ponting opines that Burns should go on with Warner as he had a great summer last year when Kangaroos bagged five Tests straight under their belt.
Joe Burns hasn’t done much wrong: Ricky Ponting
“Burns hasn’t done much wrong. If you go back to last summer, he played really well in the first Test in Brisbane, and I remember saying then to lock him in and give him a good go at it for a while. We read a lot into what’s happened in the first few rounds of Shield cricket, and because they haven’t played a Test match for so long, a lot of people are forgetting what happened last summer. The boys have been on a roll with their performances in Test cricke,t and I always say you don’t want to be making too many changes if you don’t need to,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.
Ponting led the Australian team to great heights during his reign as he had the ability to make the best out of the players. He instilled players with confidence and allowed them to play their game freely. He feels the same for Burns and believes that he needs some confidence for now.
“I didn’t want to be making changes, and I always felt it was my responsibility as captain to get the absolute best out of the players I had in my team,” added Ponting on his captaincy style.