Ricky Ponting issued a warning to the Australian bowlers despite the series whitewash against Pakistan, saying that the quicks need to sharpen their skills. Further, he rated the current Aussie bowling attack to be a better package than the Indian bowling attack causing surprise to many.
Ricky Ponting knows a thing or two about captaincy and managing his players, and more so knows to identify a good bowling attack. Following Australia’s whitewash over Pakistan, Ponting commented that the Aussie pace attack needs some sharpening of their skills in order to be the best in the World.
"There's been a few sessions of play in the last few Test matches where it's been not just a little bit wrong, but a lot wrong on the tactical side of things. But it's easy for me to say that in the commentary box, they've obviously got their own ideas and their own plans,” Ponting told cricket.com.au
However, he praised the bowlers for grinding out on the unhelpful conditions in Adelaide, when the pace attack was asked to bowl consecutively in two innings, without the break. Ponting called out the bowlers’ tactics of bowling at Yasir Shah and Shaan Masood on Day 3 and 4 of the Test match. For Shah, the Aussie bowlers bowled too short of a length, and for Masood too full only for these two players to stamp their play on the bowlers.
"It's been pretty flat and the ball for most of that has been pretty soft, so they've done a good job to win the game as easily as they have," Ponting added.
Despite the criticisms, Ponting believes that the Aussie bowling attack is the best in the World, beating India’s bowling attack. After acknowledging the Indian pace attack, Ponting gave the preference to the Aussie bowling attack for the Nathan Lyon effect.
"India's is fantastic; Bumrah and Shami have been amazing for the last couple of years and then you put Umesh Yadav into the equation with Ishant Sharma, they've got some very, very good fast bowlers. But their spinners struggle more in Australia, Nathan Lyon has a much better record in Australia than the Indian spinners have,” he concluded.