Dubai. Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting believes that Australian captain Pat Cummins is like a traditional Test captain, who lets the plans be implemented, while England captain Ben Stokes tries to do something with every ball. Comparatively, there has been a lot of debate on the decisions made by the 2 new captains in the current Ashes series. Stokes was criticized by the media and experts for declaring the first innings early in the First Test, while Cummins was criticized for making limited use of emerging spinner Todd Murphy during the defeat at Headingley.
Ricky Ponting told The ICC Review, I think as far as I can remember, this series is one of the most important series in terms of strategies. This is because of the 2 different styles of play. Possibly even 2 different styles of leadership. He said that Pat Cummins is like a traditional Test captain, where he sets the field and lets the plan execute and he is happy to do so for a long time. Stokes is a bit on the contrary.
Ricky Ponting said that Ben Stokes tries to do something on every ball and therefore sometimes there is no chance to implement the plan. Cummins, who was made Test captain after the sudden resignation of Tim Paine before Ashes 2021, has performed well as captain. Under Cummins’ captaincy, Australia won the last Ashes series 4–0 and defeated Pakistan, West Indies and South Africa. Australia played a 1-1 draw with Sri Lanka on its soil last year. The team lost the only series against India this year, but then won the title by defeating the Rohit Sharma-led team in the World Test Championship final.
Rick Ponting said, look, it has not been a long time since Pat Cummins was captaining. Don’t forget that he has been doing this for 2 years. I am sure he is learning. Australia is leading 2-1 in the current Ashes series. The fourth Test will start in Manchester from Wednesday. Ricky Ponting said that I am not going to question Cummins at all. Australia is leading 2-1, which means it is doing its job well.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 18, 2023, 15:11 IST