Cricket fans are once again in awe of Ricky Ponting's commentary predictions after the former Aussie captain called Alex Carey's downfall on day two of the Test against the West Indies. Usman Khawaja and Carey were left to rescue Australia's innings after the host nation was left reeling having lost the first five wickets for 100 runs.
Khawaja and Carey combined for a 65-run partnership to steady the ship for Australia, but Ponting noticed Carey was starting to become frustrated with his own scoring rate. "It looks like his eyes are spinning. He is in overdrive and wants to hit every ball," Ponting said.
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"I agree with you Bish, just go a bit more defensive and make him play a big shot from a good length ball." As Ponting finished his tactical analysis, Shamar Joseph charged in and delivered a ball at Carey's chest.
Carey mistimed a pull shot and the ball went directly to the West Indies fielder. And once again Ponting had called the wicket on Channel 7 commentary as Joseph was charging in to bowl. Only 24 hours earlier, Ponting suggested the West Indies duo should rotate the strike at the end of the day or they could lose a late wicket.
That same over, Alzarri Joseph was dismissed on the final ball of the day after Sinclair had refused a single. Viewers are becoming accustomed to Ponting predicting wickets only moments before they occur whether it is in Test matches or the Big Bash League. After sharing some of his wisdom with viewers are playing 168 Test matches for Australia, it appears fans can't get enough of Ponting's predictions.
That's why he is the most successful captain ever
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At this point I am convinced that Ricky Ponting is a time traveler.
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Ponting light years ahead of his contemporaries. Sharpest mind in the game!
— Bradmac120970 (@Bradmac120970) January 26, 2024
Punter is the absolute oracle of expert comms
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Pat Cummins makes huge declaration on day two
Carey and Khawaja were not the only two rescuing Australia from the West Indies onslaught. With Australia still reeling, captain Pat Cummins entered the crease after Carey's dismissal and recorded his highest ever knock of 64 runs not out.
However, it was Cummins next move that showed his selflessness as captain of the team. With Khawaja gone and Australia 9-289 still trailing the West Indies who were dismissed for 311, Cummins charged off the field after a sudden declaration following his swashbuckling innings.
Cummins wasn't interested in scoring more himself, but wanted Starc and Hazlewood to have a crack at the West Indies opening pair with the pink ball under lights before day two ended. And five overs in, Starc rewarded Cummins for his faith.
Kemar Roach admitted the young West Indies group were fired up ahead of the second Test and understand just how difficult it is to win in Australia. "That is the head reason why we are so tuned in, because we haven't won in such a long time," veteran quick Kemar Roach said.
"To win a Test match in Australia as a young side with a lot of debutants and guys who have played less than 10 Test matches, I think that would set a great mark for us. It is a young group and the guys are energetic. They want to play Test cricket and do well against the No.1 team in the world."
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