Ponting rants for subdued Australia

THE futility of Ricky Ponting’s argument with the umpires on the second day of the fourth Test in Melbourne was clear. Australia’s captain did not seem to know that the burden of proof rested with the referring party for the third umpire to overturn an on-field decison. Only wicketkeeper Brad Haddin seemed to think there …

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Ricky Ponting is wrong here

THE Australia captain Ricky Ponting has brushed off pleas from politicians, including the Australian Prime Minister, to improve his team’s general behaviour on the field after the unpleasant Test series against India. It seems Ponting has no sense of history. Perhaps the most worrying episode was at Sydney where Andrew Symonds remonstrated aggressively with Harbhajan …

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Odds on Another Whitewash

LADBROKES have made England odds on to lose all their four games against Australia in Commonwealth Bank Series after the opening eight-wicket defeat in Melbourne. Australia are now 4/7, and England are 5/4 against to win at least one game against the Aussies. They are 16/1 to win the event, in a three-horse race. Ladbrokes spokesman …

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Ashes Post Mortem

Two initial points: England are not very good anyway. Duncan Fletcher is the best all-round coach, man-manager and selector the ECB have employed to date. But the buck has to stop somewhere, because support in expertise and resources from the ECB could hardly be faulted. If anything, there’s too much back-up. And the counties have …

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