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Ricky Ponting brands Scott Boland the luckiest cricketer to EVER play for Australia

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Ricky Ponting brands Scott Boland the luckiest cricketer to EVER play for Australia

Ricky Ponting has labeled Scott Boland the luckiest cricketer to have played for Australia as he hit out at the fast bowler with a brutal assessment

  • Ricky Ponting says Scott Boland is ‘luckiest cricketer to have played for Australia’
  • The veteran bowler was left out of the team to face South Africa in Sydney
  • But Ponting said the selectors were justified in dropping the fast bowler
  • He believes that Boland was lucky to have gathered his impressive figures

Ricky Ponting has brilliantly dismissed Scott Boland’s Test record, saying the veteran is the luckiest cricketer to have played for Australia.

Boland made a sensational start to his career in Test cricket, taking 28 wickets in just six wickets at an average of 12.21.

However, his incredible numbers were not enough to convince the selectors to pick him for the third Test against South Africa at the SCG.

Ricky Ponting calls Scott Boland 'luckiest cricketer to have played for Australia'

Ricky Ponting calls Scott Boland ‘luckiest cricketer to have played for Australia’

Boland has struggled to secure his place in the team, with Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood vying for places in the XI. Starc’s finger injury from the second Test seemed a positive sign for Boland, but the selectors opted for a second spinner in Ashton Agar.

And former Australia captain Ponting has backed up Boland’s omission, making a strange comment about the 33-year-old.

‘He really is the luckiest cricketer ever to represent Australia,’ Ponting said. ‘Some of the wickets he played, you still get wickets now.’

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However, Ponting added the caveat that it ‘doesn’t take anything away from what Boland did.’

Boland has made a flying start to his Test career, amassing incredible numbers for Australia

Boland has made a flying start to his Test career, amassing incredible numbers for Australia

But Ponting believes Boland's good performances are due to good fortune rather than skill

But Ponting believes Boland’s good performances are due to good fortune rather than skill

‘Boland’s record is so great, he probably deserves to be in the team. But the cold, hard truth is that he was not among Australia’s best three fast bowlers at the start of the summer.’

Boland’s omission comes as Australia have one eye on their February tour of India, where the pitches will favor spin bowlers.

Captain Cummins said the hosts would use the Sydney Test to help prepare for their overseas trip.

‘We will probably have more spin overs here, our batters will probably face more spin here as well,’ he said.

‘Even personally, being the captain here might be a bit different from the last Test matches. So it’s a really good prep.’