Ashes 2017: Joe Root reacts to Ricky Ponting calling him ‘little boy’

first_imgJoe Root hit back at former Australian captain Ricky Ponting for calling him a “little boy” after England succumbed to a humiliating Ashes defeat against Australia after the first three Tests of the series.England were no match to Australia and failed to put up any substantial fight as Australia trounced by an innings and 41 runs in the third Test in Perth to claim back the urn.England will now be playing for pride as Australia look to inflict further pain upon their rivals in the form of a series whitewash when they take on each other in the fourth Test in Melbourne , starting December 26.”He’s entitled to his opinion, but he doesn’t spend any time in our dressing room or around the squad,” Root was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.”I’m obviously going to disagree with that — I’m sure if you asked any of the guys in the camp, the coaches or support staff or players, they would back me up on that,” Root added.Ricky Ponting called Root “soft and a “little boy” after England’s loss in the Perth Test.”The way he answered a lot of the questions after the game last week seemed almost like a little boy,” said Ponting.”You need to be more than that as a leader, especially when things aren’t going well. It just looks like it has been a little bit soft.”The right-handed batsman, who has scored 5,499 runs for England in Test cricket at an average of 52.37, also said the “little boy” tag does not go with him and he knows what he can do on the field.advertisement”I don’t think I go about things as a ‘little boy’, for sure,” he added. “I have my own way of doing things — I think it’s important you don’t try to be something you’re not,” the top-order batsman said.”I know there are occasions where you might have to be quite strong in front of the group. I may not appear to do that out on the field but there are certainly times when I know that I can do that, and I have done that,” Root added.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Duda Bats Mets Over Marlins, 7-1

first_imgPORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Michael Cuddyer hit his sixth home run this spring and Lucas Duda homered, doubled and drove in five runs as the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 7-1 on Monday.Duda homered in the fourth inning. He added a three-run double in the sixth and Cuddyer, who signed with the Mets in the offseason, followed with his home run.Duda missed the Mets’ first 11 exhibition games because of a strained intercostal muscle. He has at least two hits in each of his past three games.“I’m feeling good at the plate,” Duda said. “I feel like my timing is getting back a little bit. Hopefully, it will carry over into the season.”“As far as the injury goes, I was kind set back a little bit,” Duda said. “But it feels great right now. My body feels great.”Mets starter Rafael Montero threw six scoreless innings, allowing only two hits. He struck out six and walked none.Marlins starter Dan Haren gave up seven runs in 5 1-3 innings. Haren allowed six hits, struck out four and walked one.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more