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With the Australian team still mourning over the loss of their team-mate and friend Phillip Hughes, former captain Ricky Ponting believes that “this will be the biggest mental battle any of them will have encountered”.
Ponting’s comments come just three days before the first Test between the Baggy Greens and India gets underway in Adelaide.
“None of the things that have happened before compare to what the players are dealing with after Phillip’s death,” Ponting wrote in his column for The Australian. “We are in uncharted waters and the boys are going to have to dig deeper than they ever have.
“This will be the biggest mental battle any of them will have encountered, but I have faith they can pull it off. In a perfect world I want to see the team come together and go out there as one, but I understand that some might find it impossible. For cricket’s sake, I hope that they can all do it.
“Like everyone in the community, cricketers have to show up at work and suck it up when things are rough. Your wife or kids can be sick, there might be trouble at home, but too often this can happen when you are on the road and there’s not even the chance to drop in at the end of the day and sort out the mess.”