Ricky Ponting says Australia will have mixed emotions after retaining the Ashes but losing the final Test to tie the series 2-2, while he also reflects on Matthew Wade’s nice ton about the fourth day that leaves him a”lock” for the Australian Exam summer…
I am convinced there’s mixed feelings around the group.
They would’ve loved more to come back here and win this Test match, win this set. I am sure the coaching team could be a bit disappointed with the level of cricket played – I think we would agree that Australia were somewhat cluttered the first days.
But I think it has been a campaign for Australia. A semi-final of a World Cup, then right in an Ashes series, keep the urn and tied 2-2 – that a fair reflection with.
Cricket in Australia during the past two years has been through some tumultuous occasions; a change of coach, the Cape Town incident, a change of captain.
What I would say today is that things have started to regenerate. There’s more positive discussion around cricket than there was.
We’ve got a terrific batch of fast bowlers right now, however some deficiencies along with our batting. Precisely the identical thing would be said by both teams .
Heading the guards, to the summer so far as the team are concerned are David Warner – although he’s had a poor string – Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith. Matthew Wadeoff the rear of what he’s done in this game, is probably also now a lock.
The bowlers then choose themselves. I think Peter Siddle will not be in the team for its first Test against Pakistan. I would return to Mitchell Starc or James Pattinson, together with Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.
There are a gaps there that the selectors need to talk about and work out. I’m not convinced what exactly do they do with Mitchell Marsh, and Marcus Harris will begin the summer? Would they want to have an allrounder for that No 6 role, or a Travis Head?
Wade played wonderfully in the second innings, getting through an spell from Jofra Archer. He deserved a hundred.
That’s the reason he got chosen. Everybody understands just how much of a feisty competitor he is; he normally plays when things are at their roughest.
The past couple of years for Tasmania at Sheffield Shield cricket, batting on the wicket in Australia, he has scored plenty of runs and deserved his chance.
Archer and wade are all team-mates. They’ve played together for the Hobart Hurricanes; Wade has been the captain of Jofra. Throughout that Archer spell at the day, it was on! And that is the sort of cricket we all love watching.
The fans were even, and every chunk us as commentators. A bowler running in and bowling 90mph, and a batsman doing. You love seeing Test cricket played that manner. That’s what I think makes the sport fascinating and so attractive.
It is fair to say that Wade is one. It surely gets him moving, fires up him, and he’s like that in the field. That is just the type of man he is; he still adores the conflict, loves the contest.
There’s players that are certain who you come across that you know you’re better off keeping quiet and letting them get themselves out.
In terms of Smith, a comparative failure for him at the second innings with only the 23, but he has just been phenomenal. And not just in this show, over the last five years of global cricket.
He has discovered a way to score runs. There is a degree of genius in.
It’s different, not only the textbook things, however there have been hours of play within this series where he has never looked like getting out.
He is a very special player. And the way he’s currently trending he will go down as one of the all time greats.
His performances have been the difference between both teams in the set.