Australia have committed way too many errors in batting: Ricky Ponting
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting.

Former captain Ricky Ponting has questioned Australia’s batting approach in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy saying the players have made “way too many mistakes.” Australia’s underwhelming batting has received a loss of flak and is believed by many the reason that might cost them the series as India close in on a series win. Australia’s poorest performance with the bat came in the Melbourne Test where they were rolled over for 151 in the first innings.

Despite the fact that India’s bowlers have been top-notch, Ponting feels Australia’s flaws are both mental and technical, while mentioning that only one Aussie batsman features in the top-five run-scorers in the series. (ALSO READ: Pujara, Pant hundreds headline India’s march to 622/7)

“As far as I’m concerned, this batting group through this series has made way too many mistakes,” Ponting told cricket.com.au. “Technical, mental, whatever those mistakes may be, they’ve made a lot of mistakes. It hasn’t necessarily been the first mistake they’ve made either that’s led to them getting out. They’ve made a lot of mistakes then eventually got out.

“To be fair, India have probably had the best of the batting conditions. The first part of the game in Melbourne was the best time to bat, and now (day one and two) is going to be the best time to bat here in Sydney.

“You look at the top five run-scorers and four of them are Indians and we’ve got Travis Head sitting at No.5 with 217 runs when Rishabh has got 350 as their keeper-batter. That highlights how little impact our batsmen have had on this series.”

As India piled a mammoth 622/7 decl on Day 2 of the Sydney Test, Australia are struggling to keep the series alive. However, Ponting feels that if Australia are to prevent the scoreline from becoming 3-1, they need one batsman to fire in particular in the fourth Test.

“I think Khawaja has played well. He’s struggled to rotate the strike more in this series than ever before. He’s faced a lot of balls,” Ponting said. “He played really well in the second innings in Perth in a really critical position and got 72 in a good partnership with (skipper Tim) Paine that got the Aussies a big enough lead to go on and win that game. He’s the classiest player we have and probably hasn’t got the rewards out of the series that he would’ve wanted to.”

But over anything else, Ponting believes Australia will have to bat themselves in to save the Test. Struggling to put a big total in the series, the two-time Cup winning captain reckoned that besides Khawaja, experienced campaigner Shaun Marsh will need to take forward the positive approach he showed at the MCG.

“The important thing for the Australians is they have to bat really big,” he said. “Even if it means it’s going to be a drawn game, they have to bat really big because if you look back to Adelaide and certainly the first innings in Melbourne, they let a couple of really good opportunities slip there by not making enough runs in the first innings.

“To do that it’s going to come down to the senior players, Khawaja and Shaun Marsh. The Aussies need those two guys to stand up.”