In one of the very interesting revelations made by former Australian legend Ricky Ponting, Joe Root for him has been a “little boy” as England skipper. England are 3-0 down in the Ashes series and are gunning down the barrel for another Ashes whitewash with the last two Test matches heavily bent on the home side.
Ricky Ponting, former Australia captain has advised Joe Root to stop acting like a “little boy” and to toughen up and admit that his team has been outplayed by the mighty Australians. He believes that Root needs to move and must not worry about upsetting his players and accept the hard fact that they are 3-0 down in the series.
“The way he answered a lot of the questions after the game last week, and almost the Brisbane game as well, he seemed almost like a little boy. You need to be more than that as a leader, especially when things aren’t going well. Even if it is not natural to you, sometimes you have to put on a different face and stand up for what you think is right and what you believe in. Not only inside the dressing room but outside it as well. For me, it just looks like it has been a little bit soft, if anything.” Ponting was quoted as saying by The Dominion Post.
“When you consider they have won all three tosses, lost by 10 wickets in Brisbane, everything that could have gone their way in Adelaide went their way and they lost by 120-odd runs and then an innings and 40 runs in the next Test. They have been completely blown away and blown off the park. Unless you can find some drastic ways to get better, I’m not sure how they are going to improve.” Ponting added.
With the boxing day Test match starting in Melbourne from the 26th, Root and his men will have to have a few tricks up their sleeve to make a comeback in the series.