There were no demons in the MCG pitch but very poor batting by the Australian batsmen, said the legendary Ricky Ponting, lashing out at the home batters for playing rash shots against the Indian bowlers in the second Test.

India is in a dominant position after reducing Australia to 133 for six at stumps on the third day. The host is ahead by just two runs with only four wickets in hand, going into the penultimate day.

And Ponting minced no words in criticising the Australian batsmen.

“You can’t blame the pitch. The pitch has been absolutely perfect today. It’s a little bit of spin, yes, but you’d expect that. Day three of a Test Match. Very little on offer for the fast bowlers, but it’s just been poor batting. Very, very poor batting so far,” Ponting was quoted as saying by Seven.

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