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‘Why are you captain?’: Ricky Ponting slams Joe Root comments on England bowlers.


Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting has questioned Joe Root’s comments about England’s bowlers during the Ashes and said that as captain of the touring side the onus is on him to make changes when needed.

After a nine-wicket thrashing in the Brisbane opener, England lost the second Test in Adelaide by 275 runs on Monday to trail the five-match series 2-0.

Root said after the pink ball Test that his bowlers needed to bowl fuller and “be a bit braver”.

“I nearly fell off my seat when I heard that,” Ponting told a Cricket Australia website. “Whose job is it then to make them change? Why are you captain then?

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