‘What on earth are you doing there?’ Ricky Ponting seethes at Ollie Pope dismissal
15 Jan 2022
188 runs is all that England could muster in their first innings at Hobart on Saturday, 15 January. Playing the final Test match of the series, England batters once again failed to show character, something that has emerged as a theme throughout the series and got bundled out without even playing 50 overs.
At a point in time England were 75/2 and it looked like they would put up a good fight while chasing 303 runs in the first innings. However, it was not to be as the visitors suffered a middle order collapse and were reduced to 85/5.
From there it was just a waiting game as to when the wickets will come and unnecessary shots from Ollie Pope and Sam Billings made the job easy. If it were not for Chris Woakes’ 36 off 48 balls, England would not have been able to cross the 150-mark.
Pat Cummins was the star of the show affecting the collapse at a crucial stage of the game while Mitchell Starc took the crucial wicket of Ben Stokes amongst two others. Scott Boland was on fire as well and picked up one wicket. He would have taken a couple more if flying edges were grabbed in the slip cordon.