Former skipper Ricky Ponting said that Australian selectors must show more patience with the young batsmen in the team and allow them to grow. He cited the example of the England team which backed the likes of Alastair Cook and Ian Bell seven years ago and are reaping the rewards now.
“The thing that I keep referring to is that if you take England back six or seven years when they had Bell just starting out, Cook just starting out, those guys weren’t overnight successes,” said Ponting as reported by Sydney Morning Herald.
Ponting continued by saying that Australia have to identify the players and have to stick with them. He said, “It’s taken them that amount of time in the game to really hit their straps as international players. That’s something that we have to do with our guys.
“We’ve got to identify the best players we have, give them an opportunity and stick with them, even if we are losing games. If they’re the best players we’ve got, then they’ve got to learn and grow some confidence, not be in and out of the team all the time. That’s our big challenge.”
The former Australian captain also highlighted the fact that the Ashes is a high pressure series and that it isn’t easy for the players to come in and perform. Speaking about the performances of some of the players he said, “A few of the guys are young players trying to find their way in the most pressurised series that there is in international cricket. It’s as simple as that.
“Hughes, Khawaja, even Steve Smith, although he’s played reasonably well at different times. Rogers has played well, Watto (Shane Watson) probably hasn’t been able to perform as consistently as he would have liked in this series.”
Australia are 0-3 down in the Ashes series with one Test to go at The Oval. Currently, they are playing against the England Lions at Northampton.