Ponting's vicious swipe at England captain

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Cricket fable Ricky Ponting has taken an almighty swipe astatine England skipper Joe Root for comments made aft the 2nd Ashes Test.

England went 2-0 down successful the Ashes series, present suffering 2 large losses to Australia with inactive 3 games to play.

Following the decision astatine Adelaide Oval, Root turned the vigor connected his bowlers for pitching the shot excessively abbreviated successful Australia's archetypal innings.

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England made the aforesaid mistake 4 years earlier.

"I don't deliberation we bowled the close lengths," Root said.

Joe Root and Ricky Ponting. (Getty)

"If we're being brutally honest, we needed to vessel fuller. As soon arsenic we did successful that 2nd innings, we created chances. We request to bash that more, we request to beryllium a spot braver, get the shot up determination a spot further due to the fact that erstwhile we do, we're going to make chances and marque beingness difficult."

Ponting - 1 of the astir palmy Test captains successful cricket's past - was dumfounded by the Root comments.

He told cricket.com.au it was the skipper's work to set the bowling during the game, not kick astir it afterwards.

"I astir fell disconnected my spot erstwhile I heard that," Ponting said.

"Whose occupation is it past to marque them change? Why are you skipper then?

"If you can't power your bowlers connected what magnitude to bowl, what are you doing connected the field?

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"Joe Root tin travel backmost and accidental immoderate helium likes but if you're captain, you've got to beryllium capable to consciousness erstwhile your bowlers aren't bowling wherever you privation them to.

"And if they're not going to listen, you instrumentality them off, elemental arsenic that.

"Give idiosyncratic other a accidental that is going to bash it for you. Or you person a truly beardown speech with them connected the tract to archer them what you need.

"That's what captaincy is each about. If they had that (conversation) possibly the effect could person been different."

The Ashes continues connected Boxing Day with the 3rd Test being played astatine the MCG.

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