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I love it, says Ponting after England’s surprise declaration on Day 1 of Edgbaston Test

By India Today Sports Desk: Ricky Ponting said that he “loved it” after England declared their first innings of the opening Ashes Test with their score at 393 for the loss of eight wickets in 78 overs. After the hosts opted to bat first, Joe Root starred with the bat as he racked up his 30th hundred in Tests, nearing Alastair Cook’s all-time tally of 33 for the England men’s team.

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Jonny Bairstow and Zak Crawley also chipped in with handy and brisk half-centuries. The 48-year-old Ponting said that skipper Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum are trying their best to change the way Test cricket is played.

“We were sort of expecting it, weren’t we? They were up with the scoring rate and had a chance to get the Australians out for 15-20 minutes tonight. I love it, to be honest. That’s all about Ben Stokes and the new attitude of this current England regime under Stokes and McCullum,” Ponting was quoted as saying to the official broadcasters.

“They are doing everything to take the game forward and give themselves the best chance of winning games. They are trying to capitalise and seize the moment,” he added.

England also recorded the earliest declaration in the history of Test cricket. Ever since Stokes and McCullum took charge, the dynamics of English Test cricket has taken a turn for the good.

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Meanwhile, at Stumps on Day 1, Australia were trailing by 379 runs with all their 10 wickets in hand. David Warner and Usman Khawaja played out four overs without giving their wickets away.

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The Open Magazine of India by Artmotion Network (https://magazine.armotion.com/)

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