Ashes 2017: Joe Root has looked like a little boy, England dressing-room soft, says Ricky Ponting

first_imgFormer Australia captain Ricky Ponting feels Joe Root has been completely unable to handle the pressure in the current Ashes series Down Under and went on to say that the England captain has been more like a little boy than lead by example for his side.Australia have completely dominated the visiting England side in the first three Test matches winning by 10 wickets at Brisbane, 120 runs in the day and night Test at Adelaide and then registered a innings and 41-run victory in the third match at Perth to regain the Ashes urn. (Ben Stokes heads back to England, cuts short New Zealand stint)Ponting believes Root is too soft spoken and urged the 26-year-old to shed his shyness and galvanize the squad.”Joe seems like he is under the sort of extreme pressure that he has never felt before, which is what you would expect in an Ashes contest,” Ponting said.  “Everything about it is more intense than anything else you play… I know he is not (naturally) too forthright or too on the front foot, but the way he addressed things last week… I think they need him to step up big time. (Ashes 2017: Steve Smith-Milos Raonic play tennis ahead of Boxing Day Test)”The way he answered a lot of the questions after the game last week, and almost the Brisbane game as well, he seemed almost like a little boy. You need to be more than that as a leader, especially when things aren’t going well.”advertisementEngland’s batting order relies a lot on the experienced Alastair Cook and Root, especially in Test matches. But the batting mainstays have failed to live up to the expectations so far in the series.Cook is averaging a paltry 13.83 with 83 runs in three Tests while Root has managed just 176 runs at 29.33 with a highest score of 67.But Ponting feels the off-fields incidents like Ben Stokes getting suspended after the Bristol pub brawl, Jonny Bairstow’s headbutt on Cameron Bancroft and Ben Duckett pouring a drink over James Anderson, have contributed in Root’s shortcomings as a captain and batsman in this series.”To be honest, I think he has been under pressure right from the start because of things that have been happening off the field,” said Ponting.”To me, what those things show was a complete lack of respect for him as captain. There is always a bigger picture out there. If you are found out doing the wrong thing, it doesn’t just impact you, it impacts your captain.”And, to me, he just looks like he was under pressure before the first ball was bowled. Look at some of the shots he’s played, it looks as though something is playing on his mind. In the first innings in Adelaide and second in Perth.”They are not the sorts of shots you would expect from one of the best players in the world. And not someone who is trying to lead from the front. They seemed pretty lazy, pressure shots.”Ponting, who lead Australia to a 5-0 victory over England in the 2006-07 Ashes, also felt that the England dressing room looks a bit soft at the moment after the losses.”Not only inside the dressing room but outside it as well. For me, it just looks like it has been a little bit soft, if anything,” the 43-year-old added.(With Reuters Inputs)last_img

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