Pat (Cummins) is more of an old-fashioned Test match captain where he kind of sets the field and lets the plans kind of unfold and is happy to do that for long periods of time, whereas Stokes is a bit the opposite.

He tries to make every ball something happens and that’s why sometimes plans don’t get a chance to happen, Ponting added.

Having become team captain after Tim Paine’s sudden resignation before the start of the 2021 Ashes, Cummins has been successful in his captaincy duties. The Australian spearhead started his captaincy career with wins over Pakistan, West Indies and South Africa, winning the last Ashes series 4-0. Australia also drew 1-1 with Sri Lanka away last year. The only defeat in the series came earlier this year against India, after which the Rohit Sharma-led team won the final to clinch the World Test title.

Look, Pat is still pretty young in this position. Let’s not forget he’s only been doing it for a couple of years and I’m sure he’s learning as he goes along, Ponting said.

Australia lead the series 2-1 ahead of the fourth Test starting in Manchester on Wednesday.

I’m not going to question Pat. The fact that Australia lead 2-1 shows that he has done a good job. There will always be little things in the game. When you lose, there are always little things that people are happy to talk about

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