By India Today Sports Desk: Ricky Ponting has warned England that their Bazball mantra may backfire on their bowlers in the course of the upcoming Ashes 2023 collection in opposition to Australia this month.
The new type of play adopted below the management of Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum, having received 11 out of their 13 matches with the batters being extra aggressive of their strategy.
Ahead of the collection in opposition to Australia, Stokes had known as for flat and quick pitches in the course of the Ashes, which Ponting feels may go in opposition to their bowling assault.
Speaking to ICC in the course of the ongoing WTC Final, the previous Australian captain stated it was refreshing to see England’s new mentality however issued a warning to them about having flatter tracks.
“It’s been refreshing to see England’s win-at-all-costs mentality, not caring about losing a game – or not putting that ahead of trying to win a game,” Ponting stated. “For that fact, I can’t wait for the Ashes to start.
“I’m really intrigued to see what conditions England want to play that style of cricket. Because if they want the flatter wickets with the smaller boundaries, it might just backfire on their bowling group. That’s the biggest thing for me.”
Ponting stated that it’s clear how each groups will lineup for the collection however stated he’s seeking to see the form of circumstances that may be on supply.
“Their batters will want flatter wickets and their bowlers will want the other,” Ponting added.
“Broad, Anderson and Robinson will want pitches that will offer them something. If they don’t have those wickets for their bowling attack, we’ll see how they go against the Aussie batters.”
“We’ve got a pretty good idea of what both teams are going to look like. We know the way England are going to play, and I don’t think Australia are going to deviate from the way they’ve played over the last two years because it’s held them in great stead all around the world.”
“It’s the conditions that I can’t wait to see.”
Ponting additionally instructed that he’s sure that England will not deviate from their strategy in the course of the Ashes collection and urged the Australian bowling assault to be prepared for it.
“I don’t think it’s impossible, but I think they’ll definitely try. The Australian attack have to be ready for it,” Ponting added.
“I’ve got a few thoughts on what I’d be doing if I was an Australian fast bowler, if I was talking to the Australian fast bowlers about how to bowl to the England batsmen.”
“I think the way they’ve played this way for the last couple of years is with this series in mind – they’re trying to find a brand of cricket they can play that can win them an Ashes series.”