Cricket News: ‘Then why are you, captain?’ In the Ashes, Ricky Ponting claims Joe Root was not stern enough with his bowlers

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Cricket News: After England’s 275-run loss to Australia in the second Test, Ricky Ponting chastised Joe Root for not being tough enough on his bowlers.

After England’s huge loss in the pink-ball match, Root argued England’s seamers were too short when Australia declared at 473-9 in their first innings at Adelaide Oval.

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, on the other hand, believes it was Root’s role as captain to force his bowlers to modify their lengths or bring in replacements who would.

According to, Ponting said: “When I heard [Root discuss the lengths of his bowlers], I nearly fell out of my chair. So, whose job is it to get them to change? So, what makes you captain?

“What are you doing on the field if you can’t affect your bowlers’ length of delivery?

“Root may say anything he wants, but as a captain, you must be able to detect when your bowlers aren’t bowling where you want them to. If they refuse to listen, you just remove them from the situation.

“Give someone else a chance to do it for you, or have a forceful talk with them on the field to let them know what you require. That is exactly what captaincy entails.

“Maybe the outcome would have been different if they had that [discussion].

“The only time England bowled full in the game was when Root wasn’t on the ground [after sustaining a groyne injury in the nets and having to travel to hospital for tests].

“When they held a discussion on the ground before play started on day four, Stokes took over as captain, and that was the only time they pitched the ball up in the game.”

England is 2-0 down in the Ashes with three games remaining, beginning on Boxing Day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Only one team has ever come back from a 2-0 deficit to win an Ashes series: Australia in 1936/37, led by Sir Donald Bradman.

“I think England has some real selection difficulties,” Ponting continued, “every message they’ve sent thus far has appeared unclear.”

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