Ponting savages Pakistan bowling attack

Steve Larkin
Pakistan's Muhammad Musa failed to take a wicket in Australia's first innings of the second Test

Test great Ricky Ponting has savaged Pakistan's bowlers as one of the worst attacks he has seen on Australian shores.

Ponting describes Pakistan's bowling collective as "terrible", saying the visitors have been caught in a perfect Australian storm.

Australia amassed 580 in their sole innings in a first Test win in Brisbane, and things have gone from bad to worse for the tourists in the second match in Adelaide.

The hosts, with David Warner making Australia's second-highest Test score with unbeaten 335, compiled 3(dec)-589.

"They (Pakistan's bowlers) have been poor ... their bowling attack is terrible really for a Test attack," Ponting told cricket.com.au.

"I'm not sure I have seen a worse bowling attack on our shores in a long time."

The visitors gave 16-year-old Naseem Shah a Test debut in Brisbane - he returned figures of 1-68 from 20 overs.

They then dropped the teen for the Adelaide Test in favour of 19-year-old Muhammad Musa, who on debut took 0-114 from 20 overs.

"I still can't understand why the 16-year-old hasn't played this game, Naseem," Ponting said.

"And they go with another guy (Musa) who has played seven first-class games and just doesn't look to be a Test match bowler.

"They haven't got much cattle.

"And when you haven't got much cattle against a batting line-up as hungry as ours, and in our conditions, and a team that is really trying to prove themselves back on the world stage, then I think Pakistan have just been caught in a perfect storm."