Ricky Ponting Expects a Decline in England’s Game

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Ricky Ponting Expects a Decline in England's Game

The England national team has undergone serious changes over the past few months. One of the main ones was the change of the head coach — New Zealander Brendon McCullum took this position. Ricky Ponting, who often crossed paths with McCullum both as a player and as a coach, said the day before that he still hadn’t congratulated Brendon on his appointment to a new position. The surroundings of the great Australian player jokingly notice that Ricky Ponting is waiting for a decline in the England team’s game to tease McCullum once again.

In fairness, it should be noted that some decline in the game of the England national team has already been outlined. The “Three Lions team”, which immediately after McCullum’s appointment beat New Zealand in the test format, defeated the Netherlands in the ODI and broke the resistance of India under the leadership of Rahul Dravid in the postponed test series match from last year, has already lost two series in a row. First, the British lost to the Indians in the T20 format, and then they also lost a series of ODI matches.

Ricky Ponting jokingly says that perhaps he still has not congratulated Brendon McCullum on his appointment as England head coach because an Australian has “woken up” in Ponting.

“It’s quite possible that an Australian has woken up in me — that’s why I’m not congratulating Brendon on his appointment to a new position,” said Ricky Ponting.

But the fact that Ponting still hasn’t contacted McCullum since Brendon took over as England coach hardly indicates any personal differences between the legendary players.

Earlier, Ricky Ponting repeatedly noted that he admired the coaching talent of Brendon McCullum. The former captain of the Australia national cricket team openly expressed his sympathy for the methods that McCullum uses in the performance of his work.

Ricky Ponting on England's aggressive style of play

Ricky Ponting on England’s aggressive style of play

It can be seen with the naked eye that with the appointment of Brendon McCullum to the position, England has started playing very aggressive cricket, which not everyone can get used to and not at once. Ricky Ponting said the following about the aggressive style of play of the England national team:

“The game that the England national team is playing now is exciting. You must be patient and calm when you play against such an active and fast opponent. When serious pressure is put on you, you forget about the basics and start making unnecessary movements, and that’s what you need to avoid in order to fight this aggressive style,” said Ricky Ponting.

Recall that in the last IPL season, the Delhi Capitals team under the leadership of Ricky Ponting failed to get into the playoffs, taking fifth place in the standings according to the results of the regular championship.

And Kolkata Knight Riders, the team that Brendon McCullum led in the last season of the Indian Premier League, took only the seventh place, having won only 6 victories in 14 meetings held.

Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders held 2 face-to-face matches during the regular season. Ricky Ponting’s players won both.

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