Ricky Ponting stands by his criticism of Joe Root after he accused the England captain of looking like a ‘little boy’ during the Ashes defeat.
Speaking after the Perth loss, which ensured Australia regained the Ashes, Ponting said Root needed to be more assertive and questioned whether he is respected in the dressing room.
Root dismissed the criticism ahead of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne and impressed with the bat on day two, scoring an unbeaten 49 as he combined with centurion Alastair Cook to put Australia under the pump.
Asked to clarify his comments while commentating on the Big Bash League, Ponting said: ‘It was the way he spoke in the press conference after the game, he didn’t come across with any conviction whatsoever.
‘He just seemed to dodge the questions and wasn’t really upfront.
‘Even though they’ve been outplayed and completely dominated he didn’t give the impression of someone who’s going to stand up to that.
‘I think anyone that listened to his press conference would say the exactly same thing. He came back and disagreed, each to their own, that was my opinion.’
Australia took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series last week but have struggled in Melbourne, being bowled out for just 327 after being 260-3.
Much of the damage was done by Stuart Broad and Ponting said the England bowler proved he is still capable at this level.
Asked whether Broad was past his best, former Australia captain Ponting added: ‘He’s only 31, he’s been around for a long time with James Anderson.
‘Coming into the series I did think they were both past their absolute best and I doubt they can actually improve as cricketers at this stage of their careers.
‘But they’ve shown today that they’ve still got the skill to be very, very good bowlers.’
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