Ricky Ponting has looked out of form since he stepped down as the Australian captain for tests. The right hander has struggled with an average of just 26 in his last 6 test matches. He finally came through with the bat against an Indian team sans Harbhajan Singh. Ponting made 62 runs in the first innings and played a vital role in Australia’s fight back in the 2nd innings. When they were 27/4, Ponting along with Michael Hussey, the other veteran who has struggled since his Cinderella story in Sri Lanka where he bagged the Man of the Series, put together a partnership of 115 runs to take Australia out of trouble.
Ponting scored 60 and Hussey went on to score 89 runs. The strike rate of the two batsmen through out the partnership was more than 60 which proved the fact that they were pretty positive right from the word go. The rotation of the strike was a big part in that partnership which caused some problems for the Indian bowlers who struggled to maintain a consistent line and length. This partnership turned the match on its head and Australia went on to win the match by 122 runs.
Ponting was criticized for his inconsistency by many former cricketers including Chris Cairns who said,
"I don't think you can have two years averaging 27 as a No.3. I think it's his (Ponting) time. And when you look at the likes of Mark Taylor, (Ian) Healy, Mark Waugh - they were told it was their time. And there's an elephant in the room at the moment in Ricky Ponting that nobody is really addressing,"
The 37 year old Ponting has perhaps answered the questions with his effort at MCG.
Michael Hussey was one of the most consistent performers since his late debut for Australia but every time he struggled during a series there was no lack of people calling for the axe. The left hander has done well in both ODI and Test cricket, averaging over 50 in both formats.