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Ricky Ponting slams Australian batsmen for poor show in Melbourne

By Bet Barter

January 1, 2021

Legendary batsman, Ricky Ponting is not happy with the way Australian batsmen have performed in the 2nd Test. The two-time World Cup-winning captain commented that are no demons in the Melbourne Cricket Ground wicket. He further stated it has just been a substandard show from the Australian side.

The hosts were all out for 195 in the first innings. The Australian bowlers and most cricket experts had expected a much better show from the batsman in the second innings. Moreover, on such a substantially eased up pitch, the Aussies were once again out for 200. They had set an easy target of 70 runs for the visitors.

The Aussies have also created an unwanted record at Melbourne. It was the first instance since 1988 when no Australian batsman registered a half-century in a home Test match.

Ricky Ponting alleges that Australian batsmen are easy targets

The veteran batsman talked about playing against Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ravindra Jadeja. He advised the Australian batting line-up to be proactive and look forward to scoring against these bowlers even if it means taking more risks.

Team India won against Australia by eight wickets in the second Test match on Day 4 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Indian side squared the four-match series. Gill once again proved his class in the second innings with satisfactory performance. He also scored an unbeaten knock of 35 runs from 36 balls to help India get the much-needed win. His brilliant knock consisted of seven boundaries. 

At the start of Day 4, the Rahane-led side bowled out the Australians for 200 runs. The entire Australian line-up could set a meagre target of 70 runs. Team India lost two early wickets of Agarwal and Pujara but the stand-in captain Rahane made sure that there wasn't a repeat of the Adelaide collapse. Rahane along with Gill wrapped up the innings with ease. 

Test debutant Mohammed Siraj was the star bowler for the Indian side in the second Test. The pacer recorded a total of five dismissals in both the innings. Both India and Australia level at 1-1 after two tests. The third Test encounter will begin from January 7 and it is going to take place in the Sydney Cricket Ground. But due to the rise in coronavirus cases in Sydney, it could be to witness a change in venue for the third Test.

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