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Ponting slams lack of Aussie desperation

Ricky Ponting says a failure to review an lbw decision on day four of the Sydney Test against India shows Australia's lack of desperation.

Ponting slams lack of Aussie desperation

Ricky Ponting says a failure to review an lbw decision on day four of the Sydney Test against India shows Australia's lack of desperation.

RICKY PONTING talks to the media during the Cricket Hall of Fame Media Opportunity at the National Sports Museum in Melbourne, Australia.
RICKY PONTING talks to the media during the Cricket Hall of Fame Media Opportunity at the National Sports Museum in Melbourne, Australia. Picture:Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images

Australian batsman Peter Hndscomb has defended the team's DRS policy after former Ricky Ponting slammed the team for showing no desperation after a failure to review an lbw decision..

Nathan Lyon was given out after being hit on the pad by a full toss from Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav as he attempted a sweep on day four of the Sydney Test on Sunday afternoon.


Australia were trailing by 364 runs at the time and had just one wicket left.

They still had both their reviews, but neither Lyon or batting colleague Mitchell Starc signalled for one.

"That dismissal actually says a lot to me about the mindset of this Australian team at the moment. There's no desperation there whatsoever," Ponting said on the Seven Network.

"Why wouldn't they have had a look at that? They've still got the two reviews up their sleeve. There had to be some sort of doubt."

Ponting felt that Starc should have intervened.

"Even Mitchell Starc put his head down and says 'it is not me' but it's up to you to make it,'" Ponting said.,.

"It's a partnership. When they are together you've got to do whatever you can to try and save your mate," Ponting said.

"There was absolutely none of that there.

"That's slack and not desperate enough."

Handscomb pointed out it wasn't the first time in the series the Australians hadn't reviewed an lbw decision

"DRS is random with stuff like that," Handscomb said.

"You ask Gazza (Lyon), he thinks it hit him on the full on his big toe.

"It's not often anyone in the world thinks they are going to review that.

"He walked off thinking no doubt he was out.

"That's fine, that's his decision and we back that in completely.

"The same as any DRS reviews out there, we back Painey (captain Tim Paine) in 100 per cent. There is a lot of confidence behind them."

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