Ashes 2019: Steve Smith is not the only difference between Australia and England, says Ricky Ponting

Ashes 2019: Though Steve Smith has scored over 750 runs in this Ashes series, Ricky Ponting feels that he alone has not made the difference and there are many more positives from this tour
Ashes 2019: Steve Smith is not the only difference between Australia and England, says Ricky Ponting
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England have slowly started to take control of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval. However, former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting dismissed statements suggesting that Steve Smith was the only difference between England and Australia in this series. Steve Smith carried on his brilliant run as he notched up his 10th consecutive 50 plus score against England.

Australia failed to match England's 294 and were bowled out for 225. Smith top-scored with 80 runs.

Ricky Ponting said, "I still think Australia would be in front. I heard a few people saying during the week that he's been the only difference. I don’t think he's been the only difference. He's been a huge part of the reason that Australia are in front, but you could day the same thing if you took Ben Stokes' runs out of the England line-up as well, then it's a totally different thing."

"But that's what team sports are all about. Sometimes you have an even contribution, sometimes you have one or two of your players standing up. If you look at both teams there are more shining lights coming out of this series for Australia than there have bene for England."

Though England are 78 runs ahead with ten wickets intact, Ponting felt that Australia would fight-back from this position.

"I think Australia are really going to struggle from here to be fair. After winning the toss and bowling, what you don't want to do is be behind in the first innings, it’s a long way back if you're behind. It's going to be really hard work for them. They're going to have to bowl exceptionally well and bat exceptionally well late in the game."

"It's a really dry pitch, which we were all worried about when Australia decided to bowl first, just how dry and difficult it might become late in the game. They have to bowl England out for less than 250, you don't want to be chasing many more than 300 in the last innings of any Test match, let alone on a wicket that does not look particularly dry."

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