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Ponting urges Root to be firmer

13th January 2018, 15:01 by Jack Ogalbe

Ricky Ponting believes Joe Root needs to become tougher if he is to become a successful England captain.

The ongoing Ashes series has been a disaster for the tourists, with the urn already gone after crushing defeats in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, while events away from the field have also grabbed the headlines.

Next up is the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne and another heavy loss will place further pressure on Root, who is less than a year into the captaincy.

The 26-year-old has averaged just 29.33 with the bat and despite fronting up to the media, has lacked the authority he enjoyed in the summer against the West Indies and South Africa.

Former Australia skipper Ponting knows the pressure that comes with Test captaincy both on and off the field and believes Root needs to step up if he is to make a success of his reign.

"Those things show a complete lack of respect for him as captain," he said. "The way he answered a lot of the questions after the game last week seemed almost like a little boy.

"You need to be more than that as a leader, especially when things aren't going well. It just looks like it has been a little bit soft."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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