he biggest rivalry in Test cricket is considered to be ‘The Ashes’. This season’s Ashes was surrounded by many off-field controversies that may not have been good for the game. The Ben Stokes incident had put a huge dent in England’s hopes of winning the series. However, it was not expected to be a one sided affair as it turned out to be. The English players failed to put up a fight and lost the five match series inside first three games itself.
Ricky Ponting, former Australia captain has advised Joe Root to stop acting like a “little boy” and to toughen up and admit that his team has been outplayed by the mighty Australians. Popularly known as “Putner”, Ponting was known for being straightforward and admitting his teams’ shortfalls whenever he felt that they needed to step up. He believes that Root needs to move and must not worry about upsetting his players and accept the hard fact that they are 3-0 down in the series.
Root is still in his early days of his captaincy stint with England. His batting skills have been appreciated by most of the cricket pundits all over the world. Ponting himself is a fan of Root’s batting but believes that he needs to change his attitude and be ruthless. A more aggressive approach is needed on the field to soak in the pressure and improve ones individual performance.