“It highlighted again the importance of our top order batsman taking responsibility and getting some big runs,” Ponting said ahead of the second ODI, on Friday (June 25) in Cardiff. “We lost an early wicket but I thought Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch’s partnership looked really promising. But both of them getting out in successive overs to Moeen Ali, and all of a sudden we are behind the eight ball.
“It’s just little moments like that were someone just has to put their hand up and say ‘Right, I am going to be the man that’s going to get through here and do what my team needs me to do’ and it didn’t happen. These players need to be hard on themselves and work out how they can improve on a daily basis,” the former Australia great noted.
Ponting linked up with the squad on June 10 with the experience of having been a part of the coaching staff in 2017 with the current head coach Justin Langer, and earlier this year with Darren Lehmann. The 43-year-old admitted that he’d been “really impressed” with how the unit shaped up for the series, but was left disappointed for it didn’t translate on the field. However, he remained hopeful that the team will bounce back quickly.
“From what I saw in training I actually expected a better performance than what we saw (at the Oval). Just with the whole vibe around the group I thought we might have seen something a little bit special from them. It wasn’t to be,” Ponting mentioned.
“I have only been here for a couple of days but I’m listening to what they have to say and everyone couldn’t be happier with the environment that’s been created. There is great buy-in from all the players about the direction Justin and the leaders want to take it and that is half the battle. So far that seems to be the case,” he added.