Ashes: ‘Not sure why they bothered picking him’: Ricky Ponting criticises ‘ineffective' England bowler in Adelaide Test | Crickit

Ashes: ‘Not sure why they bothered picking him’: Ricky Ponting criticises ‘ineffective' England bowler in Adelaide Test

By, New Delhi
Dec 18, 2021 10:27 AM IST

Ricky Ponting criticised the England bowler, and slammed the team management over his selection in the XI for the Adelaide Test.

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting was ruthless in his criticism of England's fast bowler Chris Woakes, insisting that Mark Wood should've been selected ahead of him in the Ashes Test in Adelaide.

File Photo of Ricky Ponting.(Action Images via Reuters)
File Photo of Ricky Ponting.(Action Images via Reuters)

Woakes claimed one wicket for 103 runs in 23.4 first innings over as Australia took command of the test, with the home side looking to build on their opening win of the series in Brisbane.

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Ponting further added that the inclusion of Woakes in place of Wood had a poor impact on the influece of all-rounder Ben Stokes. "It looked to me as if Stokes was given one job, to run in and bowl bouncers ball after ball," Ponting told

"When he finally got the chance to bowl at a new batsman and pitch the ball, he got a wicket second ball to (Cameron) Green.

"Woakes was ineffective again – I'm not sure why they bothered picking him in Adelaide when they've got Wood there.

"To me Wood would have given them a lot more variation in their attack and then Stokes could have pitched it up and bowled like a normal seamer, which he's good at, and Wood could have taken the role Stokes had."

Ponting criticised the limited approach taken by England captain Joe Root and his bowling attack.

"Apart from the short-ball plan Stokes executed (on the first day), England didn't seem to have much of a plan after that," Ponting said.

"It was run in and bowl back-of-a-length and wait for the Aussies to make mistakes.

"Well, when you're bowling to two of the top three batsmen in the world, they're not going to make mistakes. You've got to find a way to get them out and change things up."

Australia reached 473-9 before declaring in the first innings while England were 17-2 in reply at the end of the second day's play.

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