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India’s tour of Australia: Ricky Ponting’s arms ‘falling off’ while giving throwdowns to Smith


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Those coming back from IPL, like Smith, David Warner and Ponting, are lodged at Sydney Olympic Park and coaching individually.

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who coached Delhi Capitals to the ultimate of the 13th version of the Indian Premier League (IPL) a fortnight in the past, is busy giving throwdowns to Steve Smith as, not like the Indian crew, there is no such thing as a throwdown specialist inside the Australian crew.

“That is where we have to help each other. I had been a batting coach 10 years ago, for 2-3 years then, it is a really tough job. Sadly, in these times, we don’t have Graeme Hick with us. In the past we had Michael di Venuto with the team (both to help batting). It (helping the batsmen) is a big role. I know Ricky Ponting, his arms have fallen off from throwing to Steve Smith over the last 10 days or so,” Australia head coach Justin Langer, who’s taking care of the gamers who had not been to the IPL and are coaching at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) forward of the all-format sequence towards India, mentioned on Wednesday.

Those coming back from IPL, like Smith, David Warner and Ponting, are lodged at Sydney Olympic Park and coaching individually.

“I always had a joke with Punter (Ponting) over the last few months, how it is to throw to Steve Smith. Our boys love to hit balls, they only get better. That is part of our job. We have to keep preparing our boys as best as possible and we have to do that, whether it is through throwdown specialists. Time will tell. (But) we have got a pretty good system,” added Langer.

Unlike the Australian crew, your complete Indian crew in Sydney is situated at one place, the Sydney Olympic Park. They keep in contact with one another throughout apply. The two Aussie teams will assemble solely on the day of the match.

“We are working hard. Warner, Smith, Maxi (Glenn Maxwell) are facing (Pat) Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Dan Sams and Andrew Tye. At the SCG, against (Michael) Starc, Michael Nesser, Sean Abbott are helping the players who are here (not been to IPL). The Australia A bowlers are also keeping their loads up at SCG. The boys will be ready,” mentioned Langer.

The Australia head coach additional mentioned that regardless of their high bowlers having performed a bit of cricket in latest instances, they’re wanting to subject them in all of the Test matches and never pondering of resting them.

“I say that with great respect to others, I hope not (that Starc, Cummins and Hazlewood don’t play and rest) because our bowlers, those three guys, if they are fit and healthy and firing, they will play all Tests. That is how it is going to be. About the old saying that it is harder to get out of the team than it is to get into team I said two years back when I got the job. That’s what we want,” Langer mentioned.

“It is great to see competition building in domestic cricket. We are going to hope we are bowling well, they are fit and healthy – we have three first peak bowlers. But who knows (if something happens to them). Through these last 8-9 months of Covid, we have had to be agile and take on challenges. Guys we have brought in now (as back-ups) are (also) good, seasoned cricketers,” he added.

India and Australia will start the much-anticipated conflict with the three-match ODI sequence beginning Friday.



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