SYDNEY – Ricky Ponting on Monday welcomed an upcoming review of Australian cricket following his side’s Ashes drubbing, saying the whole structure of the game needed to be examined. Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said on Friday that the game would undergo a thorough review of all facets following the humiliating 3-1 Test series loss to fierce rivals England. Writing in The Australian newspaper, Ponting said any review needed to go beyond Test cricket and study all
SYDNEY – Australia captain Ricky Ponting is to undergo surgery on Tuesday on the fractured finger which forced him to miss his first test match in six years this week. The 36-year-old fractured a bone the little finger in his left hand while fielding in the third Ashes test in Perth and played through the injury in the defeat in Melbourne last week that ended Australia’s hopes of regaining the
Ashes. He was rested for this week’s fifth test in Sydney to give him time to
SYDNEY – Usman Khawaja will have some very big boots to fill when he makes his debut for Australia in the fifth Ashes test next week but the 24-year-old is more concerned about making the most of his call up to the national side.
The free-scoring, fast-quipping, guitar-playing, blog-savvy lefthander was named in Australia’s 12-man squad for the Sydney test on Thursday and is almost certain to replace injured captain Ricky Ponting in the top order.
“I’m not really here to
SYDNEY – “The Ashes are gone. Australian
cricket is in tatters. Our national
sport has been failed by feckless
selectors, a clueless coach and
sadly out-of-form players,” says
Sydney’s Daily Telegraph.
The Sydney Morning Herald fretted that England were “Long to reign over us,” while ABC website columnist Glenn Mitchell called Ponting a “dead man walking”.
“Australian cricket is definitely at its modern-day
MELBOURNE – Australia captain Ricky Ponting said Tuesday he had overstepped the mark with his prolonged argument with the umpires in the fourth Ashes Test that earned him a fine and a censure from the match referee. “My actions on the field yesterday have caused a massive reaction overnight and I just wanted to get my points across about it,
” Ponting told ABC radio. “I mean I understand that I overstepped the mark yesterday. Looking back at it last night I realised that it
Ricky Ponting’s outburst at both umpires when Kevin Pietersen was given not out by technology was not a reflection of the fact that the Australian captain is under a huge amount of pressure – he has always been like that.
I do not mind players showing passion and aggression and, now I’m on the sidelines, I have to constantly remind myself what it was like on the field.
It is not always easy to stay calm and collected and think about the image of the game as you act.
MELBOURNE – Australia captain Ricky Ponting was fined 40 percent of his match fee after his frustration over a TV referral decision boiled over into an ugly row with umpire Aleem Dar on the second day of the fourth Ashes test on Monday.
Ponting, whose team face a huge task to save the test and keep alive their hopes of winning back the Ashes, spent more than a minute remonstrating with Dar after demanding a review of a not out decision against England batsman Kevin Pietersen.
LONDON – Former England captain Mike Gatting insisted Australia skipper Ricky Ponting had overstepped the mark with his angry questioning of the umpires during the fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne on Monday.
Gatting said Ponting was wrong to berate Pakistan’s Aleem Dar for a verdict confirmed by the Decision Review System (DRS), as this should now be treated as a final judgment. Gatting, himself involved in an infamous finger-pointing row with umpire Shakoor Rana during England’s
MELBOURNE – Under-siege Ricky Ponting should remain captain of Australia despite the spectre of losing the Ashes series against England, team vice-captain Michael Clarke said Sunday.
Clarke vouched his support for Ponting’s captaincy as Australia endured one of their worst Test days and now face a mountain to climb to save the fourth Test after England seized command on the opening day.
England routed Australia for 98 and were 59 runs ahead at 157 without loss at the end of
MELBOURNE – Australia captain Ricky Ponting declared himself fit for the all-important fourth Ashes Test after a strong training session Saturday, saying it could be the match of his career.
Ponting broke the little finger of his left hand while attempting a slips catch during Australia’s series-levelling win in Perth last weekend, putting him in doubt for the must-win Melbourne Test.
But the 36-year-old skipper said his injury was on the mend and he was all but certain of
MELBOURNE: Australia called up uncapped batsman Usman Khawaja Tuesday as cover for captain Ricky Ponting, who is nursing a broken finger ahead of the crunch Melbourne Ashes Test.
Selectors said they were showing an “abundance of caution” in adding Khawaja to the squad, adding they were confident Ponting will play in the clash against England starting Sunday. “While the NSP (National Selectors Panel) are confident Ricky Ponting will be available for the Boxing Day Test, through an
PERTH: England turned the screws on Australia’s embattled leadership on Thursday with Ricky Ponting’s dismal run of form in the Ashes continuing on the opening day of the third Test in Perth.
The Australian captain and his deputy Michael Clarke both fell cheaply as England’s pace attack capitalised on a grassy pitch to have the home side floundering at 36-4 before they fought back to 268 all-out.
Ponting, who had said on Wednesday it was time for him to lead the way with the
PERTH: Australian captain Ricky Ponting admitted on Wednesday his future is uncertain as he tries to avoid an unwanted piece of Ashes leadership history. With a buoyant England up 1-0 heading into the third Test at the WACA Ground, starting here on Thursday, Ponting is in line to become the first Australian skipper in 120 years to lose three Ashes series.
Ponting’s wavering form with the bat – he is without a century in his last eight Tests and has managed just 461 runs at 35.46
ADELAIDE: A downcast Ricky Ponting says he faces one of his greatest challenges as captain and batsman to get beleaguered Australia back into the Ashes series against England.
Among a myriad of Australian concerns is Ponting’s poor batting return with a first-ball duck and nine runs in this Test after 10 and 51 not out in Brisbane.
“It’s certainly a great challenge for me,” Ponting said. “Don’t worry about winning the games. I’ve got to make some runs, it’s as simple as
MELBOURNE: Embattled Australian captain Ricky Ponting is the right man to regain the Ashes from England, according to former leg-spinner Shane Warne.
Ponting returned to Australia to fierce criticism from former players and media pundits after their 2-0 series loss to India, which saw them slump to fifth in the test rankings, and suggestions he should relinquish the test captaincy.
Warne himself had questioned Ponting’s tactics on Twitter during Australia’s seven-wicket loss