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India vs Australia | 'Slack and Not Desperate Enough'- Ponting Slams Australia

Lyon was the ninth batsman to be dismissed when he was wrapped on the pads by Kuldeep Yadav, but he decided not to review despite Australia having two reviews left.

Cricketnext Staff |January 6, 2019, 1:02 PM IST
India vs Australia | 'Slack and Not Desperate Enough'- Ponting Slams Australia

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has slammed the team for showing no desperation, after Nathan Lyon opted not to review his leg before wicket dismissal against India in the fourth Test.

Lyon was the ninth batsman to be dismissed when he was wrapped on the pads by Kuldeep Yadav, but he decided not to review despite Australia having two reviews left.

"That dismissal actually says a lot to me about the mindset of this Australian team at the moment. There's no desperation there whatsoever," Ponting said on Seven News.

"Why wouldn't they have had a look at that? They've still got the two reviews up their sleeve. There had to be some sort of doubt in that,”

Ponting then went on a rant, calling the Aussies slack,

"Given out straight away and Mitchell Starc just puts his hand out and says 'oh well, it's not me, it's up to you to make [a call]'. Well, unfortunately, when you're out there together it's a partnership.

You've got to do whatever you can to try and save your mate. And there was absolutely none of that there. And as it's shown already that would have been given not out. Slack and not desperate enough," he said.

"You can see where Mitchell Starc is standing at the non-striker's end," he added.

"Look how wide he's standing. There's no need to be that wide in the first place. Lyon looks up, 'Oh what do you reckon?' 'Oh I don't know mate. Yeah I don't know. But let's not bother looking. We've only got two [reviews] up our sleeve.'"

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