Ashes: Thommo says time running out for Punter

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London, Aug.6 (ANI): In an article for The Mirror, former Australian fast bowler Jeff Thomson has warned that time is running out for skipper Ricky Ponting insofar as retaining The Ashes is concerned.

Thommo, a known baiter of Ponting's style of captaincy, said: "He's clutching at straws if he believes Australia are at their best in adversity. It's time for Ponting to wake up and face facts: England are 1-0 up with only two games left to play and the Ashes are slipping away."

Calling on the selectors to pick the right team, Thommo says that can't believe that Australia have ignored fast bowler Stuart Clark for so long in this series, especially when he was a big factor in their 5-0 whitewash in 2006-7.

"We can't keep plodding along, leaving Ben Hilfenhaus to bowl long spells at one end without any control from the other. There is gathering talk of Brett Lee coming back for the Fourth Test after his rib injury, but that would be one hell of a gamble," he says.

"I would also think seriously about dropping Mike Hussey, moving Shane Watson down the order and bringing back Phil Hughes, who I thought was unlucky to be dropped in the first place," he adds.

Thommo believes that Freddie Flintoff is clearly worse for wear because of that knee injury, and adds that England's chances of clinching the Ashes will recede without Flintoff in their side.

Headingley, he says, will be Australia's best chance to draw even and clinch the Ashes. (ANI)

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