The Aussies were struggling at 27 for 4 in their second innings when veterans Ricky Ponting (60) and Michael Hussey (batting at 79) came to the team’s rescue on the third day of the first Test against India at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday. The duo has been facing criticism from the Australian media for their poor form with experts asking for them to be given the boot. However, the Aussie top order collapse brought out the best from the two cricketing giants. Repaying the faith imposed on them by the Aussie selectors, the veterans struck crucial half centuries to rescue the hosts. The duo was at its aggressive best adding a crucial 115 runs to power the hosts from 27 for 4 to 142 for 5 to save Australia the blushes and silence their critics. “I don’t care what people from outside the dressing room are saying. If I feel like I have got some support inside the dressing room then that’s all that really matters to me… There is plenty of motivation out there for me but first and foremost it’s for me to be a successful player in a successful team,” Ponting told newsmen after the third day’s game. The former Australian skipper had scored 62 in the first innings of the Test.