Legendary Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting said England’s ‘baseball’ approach confused the Australian team during the Ashes, in which the British made a remarkable comeback from 0-2 down.

Australia lead the series 2–0 after the first two Tests at Edgbaston and Lord’s, but England won the third Test at Headingley and the fifth Test at The Oval to level the series at 2–2.

The rain-affected Fourth Test in Manchester ended in a draw.

Although the Australian team managed to retain the Ashes urn, former captain Ponting said that the home side gave them a tough fight. Australia are yet to win a Test series in England since 2001.

Speaking to SEN Radio, Ponting explained, “The two contrasting styles of play were great to sit and watch. There was a lot of discussion about buzzball and how England would tackle it, and whether that style would stand up to the quality of the Australians.” ” attack.

“Probably some Australian players, coaches and captains have at different times been scratching their heads as to how they are going to combat this.”

Ponting praised the quality of cricket played during the Ashes.

“I think the 2-2 result, even if it was a bit biased with the little ball controversy in that last Test, the way it was, it gave England some chances they probably shouldn’t have.

“I think a 2-2 result was probably fair for the level of cricket that was played throughout the series,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ponting praised Australian Test captain Pat Cummins for playing six consecutive Tests, including the victorious ICC World Test Championship final against India at The Oval.

However, Ponting said that the time has come for the Kangaroos to introduce some new faces in the bowling attack over the next 12 months.

“As the series progressed, Kammo (Cummins) was probably picked again. But, Starcy (Mitchell Starc) was outstanding. There were some questions about whether Pat would be able to get through those six Tests and maintain his intensity. Will get.”

He said, “As it went on, I felt like he (Michael) could have brought Nesser to some level under the right circumstances. But I think what he did in terms of selection was right.”

Ponting said that Australia’s fast bowling unit has enough depth.

“We know there’s a lot of (depth) below these guys, (Lance) Morris and the guys sitting back. I think we’ve got a lot there, and at different times, I think over the next 12 months. In, we might see some different faces in our bowling line-up,’ Ponting said.

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