Absence of Ponting, Hussey hurting Australia: Dean Jones

Former Australia batsman and cricket expert Dean Jones tells NDTV that the current side's performance in India has let the 'Baggy Green' down.

updated: March 05, 2013 20:33 IST
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New Delhi: Australia's fifth-straight Test loss on Indian soil has infuriated Dean Jones. Speaking to NDTV in an exclusive show alongside Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar, Jones lashed out at his national side. According to him, the Kangaroos are clearly missing greats like Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey, who retired from international cricket in recent months.

"The absence of Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey is very evident in the middle order. Michael Clarke looked listless on where to bat himself. He may have decided to now go up the order to number four. Hussey is a great player and sadly we don't have great Test batsmen like him anymore to help Clarke in the batting department," the 51-year-old Jones said.

Sans Clarke, who looks the only player who can cope with the Indian spinners, the Aussies are looking woefully out-of-form. The top and middle order have hardly troubled the Indians with openers Ed Cowan, David Warner averaging in mid-20s, Shane Watson 19 and Phil Hughes just 6 from the four innings in the two Tests. Moises Henriques, who comes lower down in the order has impressed with an aggregate 154 runs, second behind Clarke's 268 runs in the series.

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