He said- I am surprised that Ashwin was kept out. Australia had a number of left-handed batsmen. There is no doubt in my mind that Ashwin would have bowled much better than Jadeja in later Tests. The big decision that he had to make between Thakur and Umesh. I was leaning towards Thakur as he would be my workhorse to give some break to strike bowlers Shami and Siraj. You can go to Jadeja for a few overs just to tie the game down a bit,” he said.
Ponting and Dinesh Karthik were seen criticizing the length of India’s fast bowlers Shami, Siraj, Shardul and Umesh with the new ball. Siraj was the pick of the bowlers and also dismissed Usman Khawaja for a duck, but it was not enough. Ponting said- If India had bowled really well, 60% would have been fuller length, while 20% would have been on good length. I said one thing earlier, the bowlers have to accept that they are going to drive every now and then. What can the captain do here except decorate the field.
It is noteworthy that the Australian team has scored 327 runs for 3 wickets in 85 overs till the end of the first day’s play. Travis Head is unbeaten on 146 off 156 balls with 22 fours and a six, while Steve Smith is playing on 95 off 227 balls with 14 fours. The pair will start the second day’s play today.