Despite admitting England played really well on day three of the third Ashes Test, former Australia player Ricky Ponting is optimistic about Australia`s win in the game as he feels that Tim Paine-led side has got `plenty of runs`.
England played brilliantly on day three and need 203 runs to win with seven wickets in hand. It was Joe Denly and Joe Root`s 126-run partnership which has put England on a dominating position in the match.
“I know England have played really well this afternoon, they dug deep. Denly and Root`s partnership was outstanding, but I think Australia has still got plenty of runs,” cricket.com.au quoted.
Ponting as saying.Both Denly and Root scored their respective half-century in the fourth inning. However, soon after scoring a half-century, Denly (50) was dismissed by Josh Hazlewood.
Ponting said that Hazlewood and Pat Cummins have bowled `outstandingly well` right through the game.
“We`ve seen Hazlewood (2-35) and Cummins (1-33) bowl outstandingly well right through the game and I think as the game goes on Nathan Lyon (0-42) is going to come in to it more and more,” he said.
Ponting believes that the new ball will have a great impact on the game when the match will start on day four.
“The wicket looks like it`s flattened out considerably late this afternoon but there`s a new ball around the corner tomorrow morning. It`s been a new-ball wicket all game. The other thing we`ve seen is in the game it has been a really hard wicket for anyone to come in and start on,” Ponting said.
Root (75*) and Ben Stokes (2*) will resume day four from 156/3.
Source: Zee News