Melbourne: Former captain Ricky Ponting believes that India's 'serious wounds' have been refreshed after the embarrassing defeat of Adelaide and this is Australia's best chance to make a clean sweep in the four-Test series. India were bowled out for 36 in their second innings in the first Test cricket match played with a pink ball. Australia won the match by 8 wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Ponting said, 'Now some serious wounds have opened up. This can be a good chance of a clean sweep. He said, "Expect positive results in Melbourne and if we do that then it will be difficult for India to come back and win a match." India will miss captain Virat Kohli for the remaining three Tests, who will return home due to the birth of their child and Ponting said that this will be a real test for the visiting team which will have to return under the captaincy of Ajinkya Rahane.
Ponting said, 'We will know a lot about them. There is no one who can get him back from such a defeat because of Kohli's absence. India will have to find their best XI for the second Test starting on 26 December as young opener Prithvi Shaw and wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha missed the first Test.
Ponting is in favor of giving wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant and young batsman Shubman Gill a chance in Melbourne. He said, 'They can make 2 changes. Pant should be in the middle order. With Kohli missing, he should strengthen his batting and keep him in the playing XI.