This is Joe Root's first Ashes series     Getty Images
This is Joe Root’s first Ashes series Getty Images

After losing The Ashes urn to Australia within 3-Tests, Joe Root has been under fire from all quarters. Former players have criticised Root, Stuart Broad and Alastair Cook for England s dismal show in Australia. Now, former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has hit out at Root as well. Ponting has said that Root needs to come out of his little boy image and toughen up going ahead.

As reported by Cricbuzz, Ponting said: Joe seems like he is under the sort of extreme pressure that he has never felt before, which is what you would expect in an Ashes contest. Everything about it is more intense than anything else you play. Spotlight and scrutiny is completely different.

On his little boy image

“The way he answered a lot of the questions after the game last week, and almost the Brisbane game as well, he seemed almost like a little boy. You need to be more than that as a leader, especially when things aren’t going well. Even if it is not natural to you, sometimes you have to put on a different face and stand up for what you think is right and what you believe in. Not only inside the dressing room but outside it as well. For me, it just looks like it has been a little bit soft, if anything.”

On England’s off field problems

“To be honest, I think he has been under pressure right from the start because of things that have been happening off the field,” Ponting opined. “To me, what those things show was a complete lack of respect for him as captain. There is always a bigger picture out there. If you are found out doing the wrong thing, it doesn’t just impact you, it impacts your captain.”

Root on the batting front has managed merely 176 runs at an average of 29.33.