After a string of forgettable scores, Green lastly scored 74 in the second innings of the drawn fourth Test at Sydney and notched up one other heartening 74 in the first innings of the ongoing Test right here as Australia completed the innings at 303 in 75.4 overs on Day 2 on Saturday.
Ponting felt that the 23-yr-outdated’s half-century right here on the opening day at a time when Australia had slumped to 12/3 in the opening hour on Friday may properly be a match-defining one. Green and Travis Head (101) mixed for a 121-run fifth-wicket partnership to take the hosts to a good whole.
“He just had England exactly where he wanted them today (Friday),” Ponting informed cricket.com.au. “Flat (pitch), a bowler down, a 50-over old ball, lights on and the ball skidding on beautifully, no quality spinner. It was all there waiting for him today, but it’s (century) not going to be far away. If he takes that same mental approach into every innings going forward, regardless of if he’s got runs in the game before or not (he’ll perform well).
“That’s the massive problem for him. It does not matter what occurred final week or two Test matches earlier than, it is all about getting the mindset proper for the subsequent problem that you’ve got. That’s what he’ll study. It takes lots of people a very long time to study that however he appears to be studying fairly rapidly,” opined Ponting.
While Green failed to make an impact with the bat in the first four Ashes Tests, he turned out to be a legitimate wicket-taking threat at the top level, removing England skipper Joe Root and all-rounder Ben Stokes twice each to have nine victims at 15.44 with all but one of his scalps being top-order batters.
With the bat, Green, who averages more than 50 in the Sheffield Shield, was off-colour against England in the first three Tests, being dismissed twice, for 0 and 2, in his first eight balls of the series. He could manage just 57 runs from his first five innings at an average of 14.25.
Ponting suggested that the tall right-hander should square his stance up to make his pre-delivery trigger movement more effective, and go on the back foot to score runs.
“There was extra of an intent to hit the ball and get off strike at this time (Friday) than the actually defensive (method of) ‘ensuring I get by means of my first 20 or 30 balls and not likely look to attain’,” said Ponting. “I mentioned over the final couple of weeks that when we begin seeing him play off back and front foot properly, then he will be an actual handful to bowl to and we noticed that at this time.
“He hit a cover drive on the up off Stuart Broad which was a nearly a seven-metre length ball. You’d think seven metres is short, but he stood up on top of the bounce and punched it through the covers. The over before, there was one from (England pacer) Mark Wood that he played off the back foot that was about a metre and a half shorter, but he stood up tall and punched it through the covers. The art of batting is minimising the margin of error for bowlers on length. And especially if you’re that tall (199cm), you’ve got a better opportunity to do that,” opined Ponting.