The choice-making talents of those two comparatively new captains within the ongoing Ashes collection have ignited fervent debates amongst pundits and media alike.
Stokes’ daring option to declare early within the first innings of the opening Check turned the topic of intense evaluation. Equally, Cummins’ restricted utilization of rookie spinner Todd Murphy within the unlucky loss at Headingley raised important considerations and garnered appreciable consideration.”I feel this has been one of the tactical collection that I might keep in mind, due to the 2 completely different types of play, in all probability two contrasting types of management as effectively,” Ponting stated ‘The ICC Evaluation’.
“Pat (Cummins) is extra of an old school form of Check match captain the place he form of lets units fields and lets plans form of unravel and is blissful to do it over an extended time frame, whereas Stokes is a bit the opposite means.
“He is form of attempting to make one thing occur each ball and due to this fact generally plans by no means actually have an opportunity to eventuate,” Ponting added.
Having been elevated to Check captain after Tim Paine’s sudden resignation forward of the 2021 Ashes, Cummins has loved a superb run because the skipper.
The Australian tempo spearhead started his captaincy stint profitable the final Ashes collection 4-0, then gained in opposition to Pakistan, West Indies and South Africa. Australia additionally drew 1-1 with Sri Lanka away from residence final 12 months.
His solely collection loss got here in opposition to India earlier this 12 months earlier than defeating the Rohit Sharma led facet within the ultimate to raise the World Check Championship mace.
“Look, Pat remains to be pretty younger within the job. Let’s not overlook that he is solely been doing it for a few years now and I am certain he is studying alongside the best way,” Ponting stated.
Australia lead the collection 2-1 heading into the fourth Check beginning in Manchester on Wednesday.
“I am not going to query Pat in any respect. The truth that Australia are 2-1 up says he is completed a superb job to me.
“There’ll all the time be little issues in a recreation. While you lose, there are all the time little issues in a recreation that persons are blissful to speak about.
“However on the finish of the day, I feel the ways are higher off ready to see what the result’s on the finish of the collection after which we’ll be capable to critique each captains on the consequence.”
(With inputs from PTI)