PERTH: Well we all know that the first test was a big upset for the Australian Test Squad. But all hope is not yet lost as some experts believe that Australia stands a strong chance to outperform India in the 2nd Test of the series.
Retired Skipper Ricky Ponting recently pointed out the factors that might play in Australia’s favor in the second test being played at Perth on Friday.
In the 1st Test , Australia got defeated by 31 runs. India now has a 1-0 lead in the 4-test Series …surprisingly for the first time in 7 decades…whewww.
“I think Perth will definitely suit our guys a lot more than the Indian players, but the Aussies need to bounce back pretty quickly,” Ponting told cricket.com.au in an interview.
The former skipper said that the Australian Test Squad must learn from their mistakes quickly and improve upon them if they want to give out a substantial performance in the second test.
“They played pretty poorly this week and got within 30 runs. And that’s not saying India played at their absolute best either, but they’re absolutely capable,” he added.
“There’s some positives to take from it but they’ve also got to take a good hard look at what they’ve done through this game and make sure they do it a lot better.”
Ricky Ponting believes that Australia should not make any drastic changes to their squad and they should rather stick to the squad they played with in the first test against India.
Finch was picked by coach Justin Langer and skipper Tim Paine to open the Australian innings in Adelaide. Ponting thinks they should stick to the batting order of the first Test.
Answering a question about Aaron Finch’s performance as an operner he said:”Why wouldn’t they do that for this game if that’s their best line-up?”
“I just think that would be really reactionary. The selectors have made a decision, or whoever is setting the batting order, that they think Aaron Finch is the right guy to be opening the batting for Australia.
“When you start moving guys around, it just creates more uncertainty. Finch would potentially train differently next week than he had this week because he’s not opening (and) Usman has to train differently because he is opening.
“Little things like that would come into their minds. If I was them, I’d be tempted to keep it the same way.”
Finch could not perform too well in the first test and went back to the pavilion with a duck and 11 in the two innings he played.