Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting has requested the likes of Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne to benefit from the pitch on the Sydney Cricket Floor by piling up runs after the batsmen have settled in.
Debutant Will Pucovski and Marnus Labuschagne hit fifties as Australia turned the tables on day one of many third Take a look at after shedding David Warner early. Ponting feels the SCG wicket is right for batting and the batsmen should capitalise on the beginning they get.
The previous skipper desires Australian batsmen to benefit from the run-fest as soon as they spend a substantial period of time. Even Steve Smith, who was going by means of a lean patch, rekindled his affair with the bat on day one of many third Take a look at.
“Appears to be like like an ideal wicket, this. This seems to be just like the kind of wicket the place you get a begin, lock your self in and also you be sure to rating large runs,” Ponting stated on Channel 7.
“Each these guys have gotten off to good begins, they appear comfy, they actually need to capitalise now,” he added.
David Warner wasn’t capable of bother India because the batsman departed within the early hours of day one of many third Take a look at.
Ponting expressed concern over Warner not being totally match and hoped the left-handed batsman will get into the shape as quickly as potential.
“I believe everybody knew that he most likely wasn’t going to be 100 per cent coming into the Take a look at match. The one factor I hope is that he hasn’t tweaked it once more, doing one thing extra there,” stated Ponting.
“It was just about from that second on that these free photographs began. So hopefully it wasn’t taking part in on his thoughts, hopefully he is okay and hopefully, we are able to simply say that that is the best way David Warner performs a shot like that early on in a Take a look at match,” he added.
Pucovski rode his luck and Labuschagne confirmed resolve to place Australia in a dominating place in a rain-curtailed opening day on the SCG. At stumps, Australia’s rating learn 166/2 in 55 overs with Labuschagne and Smith unbeaten on 67 and 31 runs respectively.
On a day when the Indian bowlers needed to toil onerous — for the primary time within the Take a look at collection — 35 overs have been misplaced resulting from rain.