Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Warne: Ponting is the right man

Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting is the right man to lead the side against England in the Ashes, according to former leg-spinner Shane Warne.

Ponting has come under some fierce criticism from former players after their 2-0 series loss to India, which saw the Aussies slump to fifth in the test rankings, with suggestions that he should relinquish his test captaincy position

Warne had questioned Ponting's tactics on Twitter during Australia's second test in Bangalore with tweeting:

"How the hell can Hauritz bowl to this field?"

"Feeling for Hauritz, terrible!! What are these tactics? Sorry Ricky, but what are you doing?"

Warne attempted to defuse his comments, saying they were not a criticism but an observation as he watched the match unfold.

"My tweet about Ricky's fields for Nathan Hauritz for (two) overs has been portrayed as a rift between myself and the Australian captain and journos have tried to start a slanging match between us; what rubbish," Warne wrote on his personal website www.shanewarne.com

"Commentators on the match, cricket journalists and even the Indian captain, MS Dhoni, have agreed with my tweet. It was an observation, not an attack!

"I have and always will support the Australian cricket team but, as a cricket commentator, I have to be honest, forthright and express my opinion. If people don't like it so be it."

"Ricky, to me, is the right man to lead Australia for the Ashes," Warne wrote of the series that begins on November 25 at the Gabba in Brisbane. "It's a great opportunity for him to show his leadership and captaincy skills.

"He also looks in super touch with the bat. I am sure he's going to fill his boots this summer.

"This Ashes series is going to be the biggest of his and the Australian team's career.

"I think Ricky is at his best when he shows his Tassie devil side which is, aggressive with a dash of flair." Best Blogger Tips
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