Former Australia cricketer Ricky Ponting is surprised at hearing that Australia opening batsman David Warner’s opening partner for the upcoming Test series against India will be decided after consulting him.
It is worth mentioning that the same was communicated by Australian National Selector Trevor Hohns recently when asked about the tight contest between Joe Burns and uncapped Will Pucovski.
“I’m surprised they’re even asking him, to be honest. I know what they’re talking about because they have done well when they’ve played together. It’s an interesting thing for a selector to come out and say.
“At the end of the day, they’ve just got to pick who they think the best player is. And if they think their best player and best option is Joe Burns, then stick with him. If they think [Will] Pucovski is a better player here and now, they should go with him,” Ponting was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au this week.
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Having scored 495 runs in three innings including a couple of double centuries, Pucovski is the leading run-scorer in the ongoing season’s Sheffield Shield.
Burns, on the other hand, has scored 57 runs in five innings at a paltry average of 11.40 to invite some criticism towards his side.
“I know when I was captain, I had a pretty strong philosophy with the selectors that once you’re in my team, I wanted to do everything I could to make sure you stayed there. I didn’t want to be making changes and I always felt it was my responsibility as captain to get the absolute best out of the players I had in my team.
“And I think it gives individuals a bit more confidence to go out and play a certain way and not be scared about their position in the line-up. That adds a lot around the group. Burns hasn’t done much wrong. If you go back to last summer, he played really well in the first Test in Brisbane and I remember saying then to lock him in and give him a good go at it for a while,” Ponting said.
(Input from TheSportsRush)