Leeds (UK): Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has said that playing on Indian pitches a couple of months before the Ashes series is not good preparation for his players.
A worried Ponting said after his side"s three-wicket defeat to Pakistan at Leeds that "if you were trying to set down and map out your perfect preparation for an Ashes series or a home series, it probably wouldn't be playing two Test matches in India."
Australia"s batsman and pacer Mitchell Johnson left Ponting indulging in veiled criticism against them, The Age reports.
"If you're going to win Test matches, you have to have five or six or seven of your guys playing well each game and we probably didn't have that in this particular Test match," he said.
Australia is scheduled to play two Test matches in India in October before the opening Ashes Test begins in Brisbane on November 25.