Ponting though made it clear that he tries not to make too much of the outcome of the toss until the match is over. @Twitter/Cricket.Com.Au

Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting on Friday termed Tim Paine‘s decision of opting to bowl in the fifth and final Ashes Test as a “gusty call”.

Ponting though made it clear that he tries not to make too much of the outcome of the toss until the match is over.

While Australia dropped Joe Root thrice, they managed to keep England in check despite a late fightback from Jos Buttler unbeaten 64-run blitz on the opening day of the Test.

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“I never try to make too much of it until the game is over because really that’s where it will be the right decision or the wrong decision,” Ponting was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

“It’s always dependent on the result of the game. I’m sure (Paine) is probably breathing a little bit easier than he was just after lunch when England were going well,” he continued.

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“Root and Burns had put on nearly an 80-run partnership and the wicket had flattened out. Gutsy call but they’re the sort of things you have to do as captain and make those big calls,” added Ponting.

Paine became the first Australian captain to have retained the urn on the English soil since 2001 after the visitors beat England in the fourth Test to take an unassailable lead in the five-match series.

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“I was standing with a couple of the Aussie boys on the side of the wicket and when (match referee Javagal Srinath) looked over and said ‘Tim, you’ve won the toss’,” Ponting recalled.

“I then said to the boys ‘we’re batting’ and then Painey went to the mic and said ‘we’ll have a bowl I thought ‘that’s interesting’,” concluded Ponting.