Ponting critical of Ollie Robinson’s lack of threat in Ashes 2023

Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting, the renowned former captain of Australia, voiced his opinion on Ollie Robinson’s performance in the Ashes 2023, emphasizing the English bowler’s inability to pose a significant threat against the Australian team. Australia, led by Pat Cummins, secured a thrilling victory in the first Test at Edgbaston, taking a 1-0 lead in the series. Despite Robinson claiming important wickets, including those of Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne, Ponting expressed his belief that the pacer has not made a substantial impact in the ongoing series, despite his impressive skills.

“I don’t think he’s looked dangerous in the series at all. I mean, if you look at the wickets, he’s got the tailenders out in each game. Yes, he got Marnus (Labuschagne) in this innings here. But then he got (Nathan) Lyon and then he got (Josh) Hazlewood. So, if he didn’t get the 10 and 11 out, then he finishes his innings with one wicket at over four runs an over,”

Ponting said.

“He’s a very skilful bowler, no doubt about that. And no one would’ve said a word about Ollie Robinson if he hadn’t have sort of instigated this whole tit-for-tat that’s been happening over the last couple of weeks. And to be honest, I think the whole thing’s been blown completely out of proportion,”

he further added.

Ollie Robinson had dragged Ricky Ponting into the Usman Khawaja sledging saga

Following a contentious incident during the first Ashes Test, Ollie Robinson engaged in a heated argument with Ricky Ponting off the field. This exchange occurred after Robinson’s controversial send-off to Usman Khawaja. Where he defended his actions by referencing Ponting’s own behavior during his time with the Australian team. In response, Ponting did not hold back. And asserted that Robinson needs to improve his performances in order to support his statements. Looking ahead, England will aim to quickly recover from their loss in the first Test. And level the series against Australia.

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