Ashes 2019: Ricky Ponting credits Steve Smith and 'relentless' pacers for retaining the Ashes

Ashes 2019: Ricky Ponting and Nasser Hussain credit Australia pacers for helping their side retain the Ashes. Here's what they had to say
Ashes 2019: Ricky Ponting credits Steve Smith and 'relentless' pacers for retaining the Ashes
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Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting has said that pacers deserve as much credit as Steve Smith. Australia retained the Ashes on the back of the victory in the fourth Test at Old Trafford, Manchester. They lead the series 2-1 with one match to be played.

Steve Smith has been in the form of his life. He has scored 671 runs at an average of 134.2. His 211 in the fourth Test helped Australia win the game by 185 runs.

While many pundits applauded Steve Smith for his batting, Ricky Ponting felt that bowlers' efforts must not be ignored.

"I think they should have had a bigger lead, not just on the back of Steve Smith. Everyone is talking about what impact he has had, but the whole bowling department has been absolutely outstanding. Look at the difference in bowling attacks in the game. Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon, match up with the England attack. There were more holes in that England attack than the Australia one. They were relentless in everything they did."

Former England skipper Nasser Hussain also felt that Australia deserved to keep the Ashes. He also praised the England side for taking the game till the end.

"There has been progress. You can't fault the character and resilience of this England side. Other England sides would have just crumbled in a heap. But the problem is they often find themselves 10 for two, 20 for two."

"Against certain sides you can come back from that, but from nought for two last night against this Australian attack, you can’t come back from that."

"Let's be honest, if England had gone to The Oval at 1-1, I think it would have been a travesty."

The fifth and final Ashes Test will commence from 12th September.

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