Green’s maiden Test century simply not far away, feels Ponting « CmaTrends


After a string of forgettable scores, Green lastly scored 74 within the second innings of the drawn fourth Test at Sydney and notched up one other heartening 74 within the first innings of the continuing Test right here as Australia completed the innings at 303 in 75.4 overs on Day 2 on Saturday.

Ponting felt that the 23-year-old’s half-century right here on the opening day at a time when Australia had slumped to 12/3 within the opening hour on Friday may properly be a match-defining one. Green and Travis Head (101) mixed for a 121-run fifth-wicket partnership to take the hosts to a decent whole.

“He just had England exactly where he wanted them today (Friday),” Ponting advised “Flat (pitch), a bowler down, a 50-over old ball, lights on and the ball skidding on beautifully, no quality spinner. It was all there waiting for him today, but it’s (century) not going to be far away. If he takes that same mental approach into every innings going forward, regardless of if he’s got runs in the game before or not (he’ll perform well).

“That’s the big challenge for him. It doesn’t matter what happened last week or two Test matches before, it’s all about getting the mindset right for the next challenge that you have. That’s what he’ll learn. It takes a lot of people a long time to learn that but he seems to be learning pretty quickly,” opined Ponting.

While Green didn’t make an influence with the bat within the first 4 Ashes Tests, he turned out to be a professional wicket-taking risk on the high stage, eradicating England skipper Joe Root and all-rounder Ben Stokes twice every to have 9 victims at 15.44 with all however certainly one of his scalps being top-order batters.

With the bat, Green, who averages greater than 50 within the Sheffield Shield, was off-colour towards England within the first three Tests, being dismissed twice, for 0 and a couple of, in his first eight balls of the collection. He may handle simply 57 runs from his first 5 innings at a median of 14.25.

Ponting urged that the tall right-hander ought to sq. his stance as much as make his pre-delivery set off motion simpler, and go on the again foot to attain runs.

“There was more of an intent to hit the ball and get off strike today (Friday) than the really defensive (approach of) ‘making sure I get through my first 20 or 30 balls and not really look to score’,” stated Ponting. “I said over the last couple of weeks that once we start seeing him play off front and back foot well, then he’s going to be a real handful to bowl to and we saw that today.

“He hit a cover drive on the up off Stuart Broad which was a nearly a seven-metre length ball. You’d think seven metres is short, but he stood up on top of the bounce and punched it through the covers. The over before, there was one from (England pacer) Mark Wood that he played off the back foot that was about a metre and a half shorter, but he stood up tall and punched it through the covers. The art of batting is minimising the margin of error for bowlers on length. And especially if you’re that tall (199cm), you’ve got a better opportunity to do that,” opined Ponting.

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