Ponting believes the Australian pace attack are hungry for success
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes the national team’s pace bowling attack have the potential to rip through the South African batting lineup just like they did against India in January.
Ponting noted that Australia had taken the psychological advantage in the series after the first Test at Brisbane ended as a draw.
The former skipper also noted that if Australia’s pace bowlers could easily tear through India’s batting lineup, who he considers to be the best in the world, then the South Africans should be no problem at all, despite four of their batsmen being ranked in the top seven.
“I don’t see their batting line-up being any stronger than India’s was last year, the attack we put out last year is very similar to what we go with tomorrow in our conditions, conditions that we know very well. Siddle and Pattinson especially have got a lot of first class cricket under their belt and have taken a lot of wickets at the start of the summer. They’re confident, they’re bowling well. I faced both those guys in the nets and I expect they’ll have good series. That’s the way we have to look at it. We have to know that the way that we bowled and the way that we played last year was somewhere near our best. If we can produce that again it doesn’t matter what batting line-up were bowling to, we’ll take 20 wickets in a Test,” Ponting said.