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Ex-Australia captain Ricky Ponting labels current England side as the WORST he has seen Down Under

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Ex-Australia captain Ricky Ponting labels current England side as the WORST he has seen Down Under, insisting ‘some of their batting techniques are not going to stand up at Test level’ after Ashes defeat

  • England were bowled out for 68 as they slumped to defeat in the third Ashes Test
  • Australia have now taken an unassailable 3-0 lead with two Tests left to play 
  • Former Aussie captain Ricky Ponting says England’s batting ‘isn’t good enough’
  • Ponting says England are going through the same blip Australia had recently 


Ricky Ponting has described this current England side as the ‘worse-performing team in Australia’ that he’s seen after their Ashes humiliation. 

England were bowled out for 68 in their second-innings in the third Test in Melbourne, slumping to another innings defeat as the Aussies took an unassailable 3-0 lead with two Tests to play. 

And Ponting, who played in nine Ashes series’ during his career, insists that Joe Root’s side have been the worst English team he has seen over the past month. 

Ricky Ponting says this England side are the 'worse-performing team he's seen in Australia'

Joe Root's side were bowled out for 68 in their second-innings in the third Test in Melbourne,

Ricky Ponting says this England side are the ‘worse-performing team he’s seen in Australia’ 

Openers such as Haseeb Hameed have struggled in the Australian conditions in recent weeks

Openers such as Haseeb Hameed have struggled in the Australian conditions in recent weeks 

‘I don’t think I’ve seen a worse-performing team in Australia than what I’ve seen over the last three games,’ Ponting told cricket.com.au.

‘England might need to have a look at how they can make their conditions more suitable to ours. They play well in England still but they don’t play well when they come here – so maybe they play more with the Kookaburra ball.

‘Maybe they flatten the wickets out a little bit so there’s not as much swing and seam, so the batters are making bigger scores and batting for longer periods of time.

‘It might be the exact same blip that (Australia) had to have three or four years ago.’ 

Australia’s first-innings score of 267 in the third Test is the lowest total to win by an innings in Test cricket since 1986, highlighting England’s abysmal batting at the present moment.  

Rory Burns was bowled with the first ball of the Ashes back in the first Test in Brisbane

Rory Burns was bowled with the first ball of the Ashes back in the first Test in Brisbane 

‘Some of the English top-order batters that I’ve seen in the last couple of tours, without giving names, there’s some techniques there that I just know are not going to stand up at Test level,’ Ponting added.

‘In challenging conditions and world-class bowlers up against sub-standard techniques, then you get what happened today (at the MCG).

‘The little swing dibbly-dobblers that are getting them out over there (in county cricket), they’re not facing that at Test level.

‘They’re facing guys who can actually bowl. What I’ve seen with their batting, they’re just simply not good enough.’ 

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