Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has shared that Joe Root can learn a lot from veteran Australian batsmen – Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne and try to improve his concentration as well. However, Root has been in sublime form in the ongoing Ashes series as well as after getting out for a duck, he has scored 89 and 62 so far as well.
And, as per Ponting, Root has been facing issues mentally which are technical as well. He also said that the captaincy might be taking a toll on him as well.
Ponting told cricket.com.au: “It’s got to be a mental thing. There’s no technical error in his last two dismissals that has led to him getting out. It’s got to be him being not quite switched on enough for the ball he’s got out to. Marnus and Smith are really good examples of how they can find a way to be so switched on for so long.”
Ricky Ponting again shared: “It is a concentration thing with Joe and captaincy probably doesn’t help either, (spending) long periods of time in the field when your team is not going so well. They haven’t gone so well of late with their Test results. All of those things take a toll on you. He spent one and three-quarters of a day in the field before he went into bat. I know that’s Test cricket and everyone’s been there before but you’re probably more likely to make a mistake having fielded for two days than going out fresh.”
However, Joe Root has improved his batting over the last few years, although he is yet to score a ton in a Test in Australia. Playing in his 11th Test there, he has amassed 721 runs with the top score of 89, averaging 40.05 as well.
“It will get tougher because the noise will get louder around their team. The selection noise will get louder. The fact they haven’t played a specialist spinner, knowing what Nathan Lyon has done in the past, that’s got to be a huge blue. They’ll be doubting pretty much everything they do. If they lose here there will be more pressure on selections (with England thinking) ‘Did we get it right? Did we get it wrong? Who do we play in Melbourne?,’ Ricky Ponting concluded.