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Friday, October 08, 2010


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Australia's long run of wins is really despite captaincy than because of it.

Ponting was heavily criticised after the 2005 series (remember Edgbaston, specifically how Trescothick enjoyed being put in, and how Mohammed Ashraful enjoyed not being) and has been regularly criticised ever since.

This year, he was opting to bat first on a cold, wet, cloudy day in Headingly against Amir and Asif. Great idea.

However, as I said when talking about Bradman, in an Aussie side, the best bat is captain, 50 years running. Taking the captaincy away from Punter, to the Aussie selectors, is like telling him he can't bat anymore. Which is simply not true.

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Interesting thoughts Howe_Zat and I agree that Punter is an average ski at best. Given he has only converetd three of his last 18 test fifties into hundreds, perhaps he should voluntarily relinquish the captaincy and return to the ranks. Maybe then he could enjoy the sort of indian summer to his career that Sachin currently is?


As much as I have enjoyed seeing Ponting suffer in the recent ashes series losses to our boys in England, there is no doubt that he is a superb test batsman and his figures prove it.

It seems that his more recent exploits as a captain are coming under the microscope as he is captaining a team of average players compared to the team that he had a few years back, so his decisions are vitally important now than they ever were before.

I am looking forward to the Ashes to see what decisions he makes when things are not going in his favour as this could unfortunately be his undoing if he is not bold, the recent Indian series and the one day international with Sri Lanka (he was not playing) but both had a familiar sense that they were throwing a winning situation into a loosing one by their lack of adventure and went for the negative option.

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