"Worst Attack": Ricky Ponting On Pakistan's Current Crop Of Fast Bowlers

Ross Houston
December 2, 2019

With already 181 runs in three innings, Yasir is now Pakistan's second-leading scorer in this series after Babar Azam (202).

Mitchell Starc claimed six wickets as Australia closed in on victory in the second Test after forcing Pakistan to follow on in Adelaide.

It says something about Pakistan's awful tour of Australia that legspinner Yasir Shah has their best batting average and worst bowling average.

The only problem? His bowling average for the series is nearly double that - sitting at 100.5 after having claimed four scalps but got for 402 runs.

The agreed time to end Australia's domineering innings against Pakistan was 5.40pm Adelaide time, at which point Warner had equalled but not passed 334. Pakistan's new-ball bowlers in Mohammad Abbas and Shaheen Afridi found control with the pink cherry; however, the other bowlers were unable to maintain the pressure from the other hand.

"I always punish myself when I get no runs, just like I reward myself when I score runs with a chocolate bar at the end of the night if I get a hundred", he said.

"It's every spinner's wish to do well in Australia because that raises your image and profile".

Babar Azam (43*) did his best to hold the Pakistan top order together but wickets fell regulalrly and the visitors limped to 96/6 at stumps still 493 runs behind. I kept on asking when we were out there, we got to five, then ten past five, and I was making sure that was still the message and it was.

Australia eventually ended Yasir and the rest of the Pakistan bowlers after Tim Paine declared the innings at 3-589 with David Warner finishing at 335 not-out.

The former captain is eager to get back among the runs though revealing that he punishes himself if he isn't able to score enough.

"I've put in a lot of hard-work".

Six wickets down, Pakistan faced the ignominy of being bowled out before the close.

With captain Azhar Ali and co needing a miracle to avoid another innings defeat, Ponting offered a scathing assessment of the tourists' bowling attack. "They have experienced bowlers", Yasir said.

Candice stood by her husband as he bared the brunt of the criticism for orchestrating "sandpaper gate" when he reportedly asked Bancroft to take a rough piece of paper to the match ball while Smith failed to stop them. That's mass consistency! During the first innings at the Adelaide Oval, Yasir was guilty of bowling very short and was rightfully dealt with disdain by the Australian batsman.

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