Aussie legend Ricky Ponting has shown once again why, even years after retiring, he’s still one of the smartest people in cricket.
AUS v IND: Day 2 wrap
Ricky Ponting is a genius.
The first Test is in the balance as both Australia and India look to set up the match on day three.
The tourists resume their second innings at 1/9 with a lead of 62 after losing opener Prithvi Shaw, who was bowled late on Friday night.
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Shaw was bowled through the gate by left-armer Mitchell Starc in the first innings, and Ponting – who has coached the young batsman in the IPL – warned afterwards it was a technical flaw that could also be exposed by Australia’s right-arm quicks brining the ball back in.
“It won’t just be the left-armer trying to come back, you’ll see the right-armers trying to get wider on the crease and seam the ball back in through the gate as well,” Ponting told The Unplayable Podcast on day one.
“I’ve seen it a lot and I know the Aussies would have seen a lot of it through his early career.”
That prophecy came true late on day two. Cummins angled the ball in and the pink ball jagged back just enough to beat Shaw’s defences and crash into the stumps.
It also came after Ponting predicted on Channel 7’s broadcast early on day one Shaw was in danger of being bowled by a Starc inswinger – which is exactly what happened moments after the words left his mouth.
Shane Warne weighs in
Shane Warne has tweeted his thoughts about the state of the game heading into day three, believing India is a slight favourite.
He also addressed batting concerns on both sides, with Joe Burns' horrible summer continuing and Prithvi Shaw making just four runs for the match.
"No surprise that Burns struggled yesterday as he looks horribly out of form – fingers crossed he can get some in his second dig," Warne wrote.
"Shaw will struggle at this level with that technique."
Warne also continued his criticism of umpire Bruce Oxenford, who has had a tough Test. He incorrectly called "one short" on day one, let Cheteshwar Pujara off after the Indian batsman was caught at leg slip and gave Nathan Lyon out LBW on Friday night when he hit the ball into his pad.
"It’s a shame Bruce Oxenford has really struggled in this game too and has got so many decisions wrong!" Warne tweeted.
"Let’s hope he has a good day today and gets all his decisions right!"
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