Former Australia captain Ricky Bunting questioned Joe Root's comments about English bowlers during the Ashes and said that as the captain of the traveling team, it was his responsibility to make changes if necessary.
Former Australia captain Ricky Bunting questioned Joe Root's comments about english bowlers during the Ashes and said that as the captain of the traveling team, it was his responsibility to make changes if necessary.
After a crushing nine-wicket defeat in Brisbane's opener, England fell to the second Test by 275 runs in Adelaide on Monday to track the five-game streak 2-0.
After the pink ball test, Root said his players needed to play more and "be braver."
Australia's massive 275-round win gave Australia a 2-0 lead in the #Ashes series as the team headed to Melbourne.
"When I heard this, I almost fell out of my seat," Bunting told Cricket Australia. "So it's their job to take their place? So why are you the captain?" he said.
“If you can't influence bowlers at the length required to throw them, what do you do on the court?
"Joe Root can go back and say whatever he wants, but if you're the captain, you have to be able to understand that bowlers aren't bowling where you want them to. That's what the captain is all about."
Ponting also noted that the English bowling attack was the best when Root left the field with a thigh injury and the captain was handed over to Ben Stokes.
"The interesting thing for me is that when he gave the whole game, Joe Root wasn't on the field," Ponting said.
"From day four, when they met on the field before the match started, Stokes took charge of the team, and that was the only time in the game that he took the ball."
The third Ash Test will take place from December 26-30 at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
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