ENEMY CAMP

'Ponting has denied his team victory'


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In one of the most baffling displays of captaincy seen in the long and proud history of Australian cricket, Ricky Ponting has denied his side a deserved chance of securing a famous victory.

Peter Roebuck, writing in The Sydney Morning Herald, takes a dig at Ricky Ponting’s captaincy on the fourth day of the Nagpur Test, which he thinks might have cost hist team the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.


In effect, Australia were putting the match aside and concentrating on threatened sanctions for a lamentably slow over rates.

Peter Roebuck of The Sydney Morning Herald, writes Australia seemed to lose focus on the fourth day of the Nagpur Test and were more worried about consequences of the slow-over rate, rather than pushing for a win which would have meant retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.


It was the most staggering passage of play seen on a day that also included five penalty runs when the keeper threw a glove at the ball, and four overthrows given away by a fieldsman tying his laces. Indeed it was the most incomprehensible spell seen from an Australian team for a quarter of a century.

Peter Roebuck, in The Sydney Morning Herald, clearly isn’t pleased by all that the Australians did on the fourth day of the Nagpur Test.


Ricky Ponting had every reason to hang his head in shame last night after allowing India to escape the noose in the crunch fourth Test.

In his most embarrassing moment in his 48th Test as Test captain in five years in charge, Ponting opted to worry more about improving Australia's sluggish over rate than going for broke to try and snare a must-win match when a result was clearly on the line.

Jon Pierik, writing in The Daily Telegraph, says Ponting’s captaincy on day four was unacceptable, and perhaps the most embarrassing moment in his 48 Tests as captain.


Ponting hasn't been able to set a field for Lee all tour, for instance, because the fast bowler has lost his radar and been unable to adopt a consistent line and length.

Therefore, he has required more on-field time with his bowlers to try and halt the runs.

Jon Pierik, writing in The Daily Telegraph, trying to explain the reasons behind Australia’s slow over rate problem on tour.


The Border-Gavaskar Trophy is one of the game's greatest prizes. But it now appears destined to return to Indian hands because of Ponting's blunder.

Jon Pierik, writing in The Daily Telegraph, says Ponting’s blunders may have cost Australia the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.


In what must surely be Ricky Ponting's worst day as national captain he may have cost Australia the Border-Gavaskar Trophy by attempting to save himself from suspension.

Yet another Australian journalist, Malcolm Conn, says Ricky Ponting’s decision to worry about a possible suspension, which could have been handed to him for Australia’s slow over-rate, rather than push for a win in the Nagpur Test, may have cost Australia the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.


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