By India Today Sports Desk: A riled-up Ricky Ponting has hit back against Ollie Robinson after the former Australia captain's name was dragged into an Ashes sledging debate during the first Test at Edgbaston. Robinson was questioned about the send-off of Usman Khawaja during Australia's two-wicket win in Birmingham, with the 29-year-old also not shy about coming forward with his media opportunities before and during the Test.
When asked about his send-off to Khawaja after dismissing him for 140 in the first innings, Robison defended his actions, saying that the "passion of the Ashes" got to him, and that England had previously been on the receiving end of Ponting's sledges. Robinson said, "We've all seen Ricky Ponting, other Aussies do the same to us. It's not well received simply because the shoe is on the other foot."
Ponting said in The ICC Review that Robinson might be better off focusing on his own performance rather than looking back at Ashes history.
"As I said after Ollie Robinson said what he said, this England cricket team hasn't played against Australia and they'll find out pretty quickly what playing Ashes cricket and playing against a good Australian cricket team is all about," Ponting told The ICC Review podcast, exclusively.
"And if Ollie Robinson hasn't learned that already after last week, then he's a slow learner.
Robinson, who has 71 wickets at 21.15 in his first 17 Tests, removed five Australian batters in the first Ashes Test, including key wickets of David Warner and Cameron Green in Australia's second innings. While the 29-year-old's words to Khawaja, and his justification for them, infuriated Australian fans, both teams praised the spirit in which the first Test was played.
"Some of the things he had to say - I mean he even brought my name into it, which I felt was a little bit unusual but for me it's water off a duck's back - if he is sitting back thinking about me, then no wonder he bowled like the way that he did in that game if he's worried about what I did 15 years ago.
"He'll learn pretty quickly that if you're going to talk to Australian cricketers in an Ashes series, then you want to be able to back it up with your skills."