Ricky Ponting feels it would be tough for the Australians to be mentally prepared and head in to the match just within few days of the incident © Getty Images
Ricky Ponting feels it would be tough for the Australians to be mentally prepared and head in to the match just within few days of the incident © Getty Images

Nov 29, 2014

Former Australia captain, Ricky Ponting believes that it won’t be fair for Australian team to go ahead and play the first Test against India at Brisbane on December 4th following the death of Phillip Hughes.

Although an official word from Cricket Australia (CA) is yet to be heard regarding the game and it’s scheduled beginning, Ponting feels it would be tough for the Australians to be mentally prepared and head in to the match just within few days of the incident, reports Reuters.

“It’s one thing to say Phillip Hughes would have wanted the four-test series against India to start as scheduled,” Ponting wrote in a column for News Limited newspapers.

“It’s another for 11 men to take the field at the Gabba a week after their close friend died. It’s been such a tragic week for the Hughes family and the cricket community and I can’t imagine how anybody can be expected to play test cricket on Thursday. In fact I don’t think it would be right. Even if the boys think they can play it would be a miracle if they find the right frame of mind needed for five days of cricket,” Ponting added.

The whole sporting world was left shattered after the tragic incident regarding the sudden death of Hughes as he got struck during aSheffiels Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) off Sean Abbott.

Tributes were paid from all over the world regarding his death and were observed by a minutes silence in all sporting events as well as the players would be wearing black armbands as well.

Complete coverage of Phil Hughes’ tragic demise