Australia news June 16, 2011

Katich's omission a shock to me - Ponting

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Ricky Ponting has said he was shocked by Cricket Australia's decision to drop Simon Katich from the list of centrally contracted players. Ponting also said Katich was justified in calling the decision to cut him from the list "absolutely ridiculous", during a forthright press conference at which he announced he would play on for New South Wales.

"It's fair to say he [Katich] didn't hold back in his press conference and rightly so as well," Ponting said on the Nine Network's AFL Footy Show. "To be omitted from the contract list was a great shock to him. It was a shock to me. His performance in the last two or three years has been as good as anybody's in the world."

The decision will put Ponting and Michael Hussey - the only two players over 35 left with a contract - under extra pressure to perform. The scrutiny on Ponting will be especially strong, given that in the past two years he has averaged 38 in Test cricket compared to Katich's mark of 48.

"It puts us 36-year-olds on notice now, Mike Hussey and myself," he said. "It's going to make us work that little bit harder. I would have liked to have another old bloke around the group with me. [But] It means a young guy gets a go and hopefully that guy can stand up and do the job for us."

Ponting's comments came as Shane Warne, commentating in England on Sky Sports, said the selectors had taken the easier decision by removing Katich instead of Ponting. He said if Ponting's form didn't improve in his post-captaincy career, it was important he not hang around and occupy a space that could be given to another player.

"It's a lot easier to drop Simon Katich than Ricky Ponting," Warne said. "I think what they're trying to do at the moment with Ricky is to say, let's take the captaincy off him and let's see how he goes. I think they'll give him a bit of a trial but I think if he's not performing then hopefully he'll put his hand up and say 'you know what, I'm going to retire'."

Trevor Bayliss, the former Sri Lanka coach, said he was as surprised as anyone to see Katich erased from Cricket Australia's plans for next summer.

"Obviously I was surprised that Simon missed out on a contract," he said after being unveiled as the new coach of the Sydney Sixers Twenty20 team. "Certainly his performances over the last few years I thought might've warranted a contract and selection in the team could go one way or the other over the next year or two. But missing out on a contract pretty much makes the decision that he's not going to play at all. So that was a bit of a surprise."

Bayliss said opponents the world over had respected Katich greatly, and knew they would need to concentrate especially hard if they were to dislodge him from the batting crease.

"Certainly he's one of the hard heads, and I know playing against Australia, the Sri Lankans for example, the opposition teams know they're going to play some hard, tough cricket to get his wicket," he said. "Whoever takes his place, there's going to be a bit of pressure on him."

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  • muzwazi on June 19, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    why do people always talk about lara and the indian players!! its an article on australians, leave it that way!

  • Wozza-CY on June 19, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    @5wombats- I am an Aussie and I think Ponting does deserve a chance post captaincy and I also think that he will find form again. Anyone who doubts that underestimates the determination of the man. I wasn't a fan of his recent captaincy or his histrionics on the field or his involvement with political decisions in selections, but I do think he deserves a chance to score a mountain of runs. I thought Katich might get the chop because they wouldn't sack the former skipper & Husseys amount of runs in the latest Ashes series would give him a reprieve. Not that I think Hussey should have been there after his extended from slump prior. There is no doubt there is a mess created over the last number of years on many fronts but I'm tipping Punter to score a heap of runs & go out on his own terms in the next year or two. I reckon Katich will also be on the plane to SL, perhaps as a back up. That is the way things seem to operate here at the mo.

  • Meety on June 18, 2011, 21:39 GMT

    @5wombats - funny how you think "everyone" agrees with you, (there is some interesting psycho-analysis - such as a need for positive re-inforcement etc there) because "they" don't all agree with you. @Abhinav Kishore - the LBW you were referring to was pretty close (plum on live TV & from front on replays), it was a short delivery that didn't bounce - SRT took his eyes off the ball. IF India would use UDRS a decision like that may of had questions on height, but they would of been minor. It wasn't a howler.

  • SatishT2105 on June 17, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    Steve Smith should not even be within a mile of the team bus that leaves for Sydney embarking on Australia's toughest test assignment, which is a Test Series in Sri Lanka. I have a feeling that A Mendis and S Randiv will also trouble these Aussie batsmen a lot. If Katich and Watson would have opened against D Fernando, T Perera, A Matthews and C Welegedara, I would have fancied a 200 run stand in each of the 3 Tests for the Aussies for the sheer weight of class, because these 2 guys can tackle Mendis and any other tweaker that the Lankans include. However, the moment u put P Jacques as the 2nd opener and include Khwaja and S Smith in the side it doesn't look Aussie any more. The Aussies not only need Katich, but also D Hussey and B Hodge. S Marsh should open with S Katich and S Watson should be made to bat at no.5.

  • 5wombats on June 17, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    @Meety; funny that everyone in Australia now agrees with me that it's Ponting that should've been dropped, not Katich. Everyone in Australia can see it - except you. And remember - I was saying this back in January. @VivGilchrist; "Ponting in the selectors eyes has built up alot of credits, but is it best for the team?" I agree with you - it isn't best for the team. Ponting was pushed out of the captaincy - now he's going to have to be pushed out of the team.

  • on June 17, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    @bigfrank A focus on the ashes is all very well. But Australia have to play two away series on the subcontinent this year and it will be hard. The Australian test team is in a rut and needs to focus on winning the next few series, not picking a team for a series two years away. Also can the moderators please just remove posts about Indian and/or tendulkar on threads that have nothing to do with them, its becoming ridiculous.

  • on June 17, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    I really cant Understand some of You Bloggers...This is an Article on Australian Cricket..How Tendulkar and Lara come in...Some of U bloggers Just need a Life.

  • amir-test-cricket on June 17, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    there is no point arguing about the greatness of tendulkar ... he is surely one of the greats, ever played the game ... he is a master ... the end ... but you are arguing about the OTHER MASTER ... brain lara ... its not who is big .. both are legends of game .. learn to show the respect when its due ...

  • CricFan24 on June 17, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    @ ijaz-butt-for-icc-y-we-suffer-alone...From just a few gurus of the game,from the same site itself...http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/482936.html

  • VivGilchrist on June 17, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    It's not an equal playing field. No matter how bad Clarke played in the Ashes he was always going to be our next captain. Ponting in the selectors eyes has built up alot of credits, but is it best for the team? Smith is chosen on potential. Beer was selected on a hunch. OKeefe, who has performance behind him doesn't get selected. North was persisted with for too long - Khawaja or some other batsman couldve had a year in the Test team before the Ashes.Tour to Bangladesh after WCup and they send all the old guys over. Where was the youth on that tour? How do these selectors think? Why isn't anyone accountable? It really makes no sense. Now this, Katich should stay, a new opener comes in an Watto down to no4. Ponting stays on for Tests only, Hussey ODIs only as new guys get ushered in. But none of that will happen....

  • muzwazi on June 19, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    why do people always talk about lara and the indian players!! its an article on australians, leave it that way!

  • Wozza-CY on June 19, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    @5wombats- I am an Aussie and I think Ponting does deserve a chance post captaincy and I also think that he will find form again. Anyone who doubts that underestimates the determination of the man. I wasn't a fan of his recent captaincy or his histrionics on the field or his involvement with political decisions in selections, but I do think he deserves a chance to score a mountain of runs. I thought Katich might get the chop because they wouldn't sack the former skipper & Husseys amount of runs in the latest Ashes series would give him a reprieve. Not that I think Hussey should have been there after his extended from slump prior. There is no doubt there is a mess created over the last number of years on many fronts but I'm tipping Punter to score a heap of runs & go out on his own terms in the next year or two. I reckon Katich will also be on the plane to SL, perhaps as a back up. That is the way things seem to operate here at the mo.

  • Meety on June 18, 2011, 21:39 GMT

    @5wombats - funny how you think "everyone" agrees with you, (there is some interesting psycho-analysis - such as a need for positive re-inforcement etc there) because "they" don't all agree with you. @Abhinav Kishore - the LBW you were referring to was pretty close (plum on live TV & from front on replays), it was a short delivery that didn't bounce - SRT took his eyes off the ball. IF India would use UDRS a decision like that may of had questions on height, but they would of been minor. It wasn't a howler.

  • SatishT2105 on June 17, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    Steve Smith should not even be within a mile of the team bus that leaves for Sydney embarking on Australia's toughest test assignment, which is a Test Series in Sri Lanka. I have a feeling that A Mendis and S Randiv will also trouble these Aussie batsmen a lot. If Katich and Watson would have opened against D Fernando, T Perera, A Matthews and C Welegedara, I would have fancied a 200 run stand in each of the 3 Tests for the Aussies for the sheer weight of class, because these 2 guys can tackle Mendis and any other tweaker that the Lankans include. However, the moment u put P Jacques as the 2nd opener and include Khwaja and S Smith in the side it doesn't look Aussie any more. The Aussies not only need Katich, but also D Hussey and B Hodge. S Marsh should open with S Katich and S Watson should be made to bat at no.5.

  • 5wombats on June 17, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    @Meety; funny that everyone in Australia now agrees with me that it's Ponting that should've been dropped, not Katich. Everyone in Australia can see it - except you. And remember - I was saying this back in January. @VivGilchrist; "Ponting in the selectors eyes has built up alot of credits, but is it best for the team?" I agree with you - it isn't best for the team. Ponting was pushed out of the captaincy - now he's going to have to be pushed out of the team.

  • on June 17, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    @bigfrank A focus on the ashes is all very well. But Australia have to play two away series on the subcontinent this year and it will be hard. The Australian test team is in a rut and needs to focus on winning the next few series, not picking a team for a series two years away. Also can the moderators please just remove posts about Indian and/or tendulkar on threads that have nothing to do with them, its becoming ridiculous.

  • on June 17, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    I really cant Understand some of You Bloggers...This is an Article on Australian Cricket..How Tendulkar and Lara come in...Some of U bloggers Just need a Life.

  • amir-test-cricket on June 17, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    there is no point arguing about the greatness of tendulkar ... he is surely one of the greats, ever played the game ... he is a master ... the end ... but you are arguing about the OTHER MASTER ... brain lara ... its not who is big .. both are legends of game .. learn to show the respect when its due ...

  • CricFan24 on June 17, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    @ ijaz-butt-for-icc-y-we-suffer-alone...From just a few gurus of the game,from the same site itself...http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/482936.html

  • VivGilchrist on June 17, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    It's not an equal playing field. No matter how bad Clarke played in the Ashes he was always going to be our next captain. Ponting in the selectors eyes has built up alot of credits, but is it best for the team? Smith is chosen on potential. Beer was selected on a hunch. OKeefe, who has performance behind him doesn't get selected. North was persisted with for too long - Khawaja or some other batsman couldve had a year in the Test team before the Ashes.Tour to Bangladesh after WCup and they send all the old guys over. Where was the youth on that tour? How do these selectors think? Why isn't anyone accountable? It really makes no sense. Now this, Katich should stay, a new opener comes in an Watto down to no4. Ponting stays on for Tests only, Hussey ODIs only as new guys get ushered in. But none of that will happen....

  • bigfrank on June 17, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    Katich averages 33 in Tests in England - Australia want to build a team for the next Ashes series,and Katich can't cut it in English conditions,that's why he's been axed. The Australian selectors have perhaps looked through his overall performance and decided he's unlikely to improve that average in England when he'll be 37.Maybe they're more savvy then a lot of people seem to think.

  • on June 17, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    haha..pple sayng great things about Lara..no doubt he was a great player..but Tendulkar is an equally great player..not lesser on any count..if Lara was performing alone..wat was Tendulkar doing for most of his career..pakistanis would knw it better when Wasim Akram once famoulsy said..get Tendulkar win the match..infact the pressure on Tendulkar was always greater..he had to carry the aspirations of so many Indians..and talking about walking when you nick..World Cup 2011..match againt Windies..guess Tendulkar walked then..when umpire was not giving him out..and his average could have been so much more if not for those absolutely shockers he got as decisions..one example can be given out LBW when was ducking under a bouncer ..and was hit on the biceps..in Australia..given out by Mr Bucknor..so going by tat count..Tendulkar is anyday greater..and records speak for themselves..i dnt need to justify Tendulakr..he is the greatest of his era..

  • amir-test-cricket on June 17, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    @cricfan24 after reading your comments one thing is for sure that you have as much knowledge of cricket as i have of BASEBALL and i know nothing about it.. have you followed lara's career ??? how the hell can you say "Lara best in very narrow bands" . lara without any doubt is the most prolific scorer of all time minus bardman..tendulkar for the most part of his career had luxury of playing in the batting line that includes DRAVID LAXMAN GANGULY AZHAR SEHWAG , what lara had ?? no one ..... for more than a decade he was the only one who score more than half of their runs ... huh ... narrow bands .... please i suggest you to go and ask someone who knows about cricket "WHO IS LARA" may be he will tell you ... or ask the gurus of the game , ian chappel or cozier or any one for that matter ...

  • on June 17, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    if the selector want Ponting and Hussey to perform better, they should convey it directly to them. Dropping Katich does no good to the team as he was the most consistent performer for the last 2-3 years. Clarke's hand in this decision is quite clear.

  • grumbleguts on June 17, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    the man should be the captain for christ sake

  • on June 17, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    The idea is when someone retires or loses form then u replace them, you don't replace them be4 u have to. I never saw mathew hayden or justin langer being dropped for being too old and they were performing same as katich

  • on June 17, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    its ridiculous... Katich was the one player in this team who has the ability to stick in the wicket when conditions get tough... I know the lights of Phil Hughes, Shaun Marsh and Phil Jaques are the future of this team... But can they counter the loss of Katich??

  • on June 17, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    @ CricFan24 Lara's seemingly inconsistant performance has a lot to do with the fact that he always "walked" when he knew he knicked it. Plus he was sent many times when he did not. Steve Waugh, Pointing and Tendulkar NEVER walk. Thus average has to seem better. As for the cover up big scores, 375 and 400 n.o. actually require the ability to concentrate and bat. Ask the other batsmen in world cricket who have struggled to double centries. Enough said.

  • Jim1207 on June 17, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    MinusZero, that's right. In last three years, Katich has scored on an average 10 runs more than Ponting in EACH game. When Katich was dropped, frist day Ponting commented that he "understood" where the selectors are going. Now, Ponting says he was "shocked" by Katich's omission. Two months later, he might ask who Katich is. @Tully Mathews, we are talking about who should have got fired because there is already one good batsman asked to go. So, we are analyzing who instead must have gone. Anyway, as you said, it is difficult to replace them, but that argument is not going to bring back Katich now.

  • Meety on June 17, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    @stFleming/Cricfan24 - For what its worth my thoughts on the "Ponting/Lara/SRT who was better batsmen" is this - 1. Lara shone brightest of the lot during individual innings & is the 2nd best batsmen I have seen; 2. Ponting had the greatest & longest form bubble seen since Bradman - lasting 5 yrs & is narrowly behind Lara; 3. SRT for sheer consistancy & weight of runs & longivity is the greatest batsmen I have seen - just ahead of Lara. SRT appears to be pulling away from Lara & Punter currently, (obviously Lara won't be adding to his heroics), maybe Punter can?

  • David_Boon on June 17, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    Yeah great idea, dump the old guys. Because the younger guys are coming through are just EXCELLENT cricketers! Steve Smith would struggle to make my club side's second XI, there is no reason he should be anywhere near the Test team. Phil Hughes is a one trick pony. Granted, Ponting has been terrible. But Hussey and Katich have been anything but.

  • Ozcricketwriter on June 17, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    I don't care too much about age. If a player is going well at 35, 38, 40, 45, 50, whatever, keep them on. Sir Jack Hobbs kept playing test cricket until he was 52 for heaven's sakes. Dropping someone who is in form just because of his age is STUPID.

  • adamgilly on June 17, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    for gods sake drop this fellow, not performing at all and just keeps behaving arrogantly over and over again..gave his best between 2001-2005 and started comparing with Tendulkar and Lara... not even remotely close to them... please retire punter for the sake of australian cricket

  • SirBean on June 17, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    It's all about the way you do it...players deserve the right to open discussions with the selectors prior to been dumped.They should have communicated the areas of concern they had with him and told him straight so he could either work on areas of his game that let him down or that his age is against him and they want to rebuild a more youthful team.Very simple really.

  • CricFan24 on June 17, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    @timmyw - Lara and consistency don't go together for much of his career. Lara's "average" is actually far from such- it is the odd big scores which cover up the numerous failures and result in a goodish "average"...For mine Tendulkar took on the best far more consistently, Ponting was the best in a narrow stretch around the mid 2000s, Lara best in very narrow bands.

  • Alexk400 on June 17, 2011, 2:38 GMT

    Warne is 100 right! It was easier to drop katich than ponting. they want to get rid of all oldies. Hussey probably next before ponting though. No 100s you are out.

  • D.V.C. on June 17, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    Who wants to be amongst the SS bowlers bowling to Katich this year?

  • kat73 on June 17, 2011, 2:32 GMT

    Good to see Ricky Ponting supporting Simon Katich. More support than he recieved from our so called selectors? Katich performs solidly over the past three years and is dropped. Age aside he has been reliable and a consistant run scorer. One of the few posistives over the last 3 years. Our selectors continue to baffle me with there inconsistant selection policies, the revolving door policy for spin bowlers, naming a 17 man squad on the eve of the first ashes test and now the disgraceful dropping of Simon Katich. Surely an all time low for our selectors? Do our selectors now reward mediocrity and punish those how succeed? Micheal Clarke, arguably our most overated and most underperformed player is our test captain and has the full support of the ACB. Then there is the technically flawed Phil Hughes, another player who support from the selectors despite underperforming in domestic and Test cricket when given opportunitys. WAKE UP SELECTORS!!!! Put a side on the field than can win in 2011

  • on June 17, 2011, 2:11 GMT

    @ stFleming. If Pointing was playing for the West Indies he would have been dropped and we would not be having this conversation. If Lara was playing for Australia he would have perhaps 60 centuries. Pointing never manhandled Murilitharan neither has Tendulkar. Lara in 3 Test hit him and the rest of the SL attack for over 600 runs including 3 100's and a double. By the way Ricky has never passed 365 n.o. West Indies for Lara. Lara and Tendulkar are the best batsman in the modern era they both faced a stern test of great bowlers. Two of the greats were playing with Pointing, Warne and McGrath. Both Tendulkar and Lara punished them both at sometime or the other. Ricky never punished anybody great.

  • on June 17, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    To the people saying katich, ponting & hussey should go. Who is a Batman in the domestic league to take their place? Steve smith, callum Ferguson, Phil Hughes? Absolutely no one is commanding selection. These guys are not currently at test level.

  • timmyw on June 17, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    @stFleming "He is better than Lara...there's no argument" I disagree strongly with this statement. Lara was better than Ponting, and possibly better than Tendulkar as well. Lara's ability to dominate the best bowlers consistently was second to none. The problem with Ponting is that his technique is terrible, his crossbat backfoot shots have fallen away so badly he hits the ball in the air 90% of the time. In fact most of the Australian players have major technical flaws. This is the real reason why they aren't doing very well anymore. Watson has them too, and it's only a matter of time before his front foot pull gets exposed. Don't even get me started on Phil Hughes or Michael Clarke. Katich walks accross his stumps 0_o My question is where are the technically competent players? Where was Brad hodge for the last 8 years? Where was David Hussey? The Australian Selectors need a good firing and new ones with critical eyes and less ego must be installed.

  • Meety on June 16, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    @slasher - I think age is dependant on the player. I don't think Cosgrove for example will be playing compeitively at 35 (could be wrong!). @5wombats - boring!

  • MinusZero on June 16, 2011, 22:57 GMT

    You would have to think this must be Ponting and Hussey's last year now that this has happened. You can't set a precedent and then not follow it up. If they don't get dropped, whats their reason? We are heading towards an old age policy? Ponting should have been dropped instead. His last 4 years he has averaged 38, 47, 38, 36. Katich's last three years since he came back are 56, 48 and 46. They should not retain Ponting just because he wants to be in the next ashes series. He has already lost 3 you know.

  • slasher on June 16, 2011, 21:09 GMT

    Just wanted to make a point about age and proffesional sport. Firstly a batsman doesnt hit his peak until his early thirtys (arguably, there are exceptions to everything) and secoundly proffesional sport means the participants are fitter and stronger for their age than they have ever been, I agree that 5, 10 years ago 35 would have been too old, now i dont think it is, the diet, fitness regime means that players can continue at the top longer as long as they retain their reflexes.

  • Winsome on June 16, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    If it was a shock to Punter, then he really is ensconced in the CA bubble. What did he think was going to happen after the Ashes? At some point the 'business as usual' mindlessness by the Aussies has to be pierced. He's lucky he's still a first pick himself.

  • stFleming on June 16, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    Well Ricky Ponting is a legend...He is the second best player in the world after Sachin Tendulkar...He is and his stats also suggests....He is better than Lara...there's no argument...Technique doesn't matter...Just look at the stats in both formats of the game....Ponting deserves the chance and hopefully he'll make most of it by scoring hundreds...Lets hope Ponting finishes his career atleast nearing 45 test centuries...

  • DazTaylor on June 16, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    Ponting should be dropped. he hasn't performed for 2 years now. Way past his prime.

  • rustyryan on June 16, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    Punter you are a legend. Hopefully you would not end up like Katich. You deserved to leave on your own terms.

  • 5wombats on June 16, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Well - Ricky would say that wouldn't he. He should be counting his lucky stars that it's not him....

  • just_chill_chill on June 16, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    Really feel sorry for Katich. He has always seemed like a guy who has things under control, and exudes so much confidence when he is in the middle. Good luck to him for making a comeback !

  • on June 16, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    PONTING UR NEXT BUDDY!!! FOR GOD SAKE THT YOUNG GUY SHLDN'T BE STEVE SMITH!!

  • on June 16, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    katich was there best batsman over the last 3 years.

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  • on June 16, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    katich was there best batsman over the last 3 years.

  • on June 16, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    PONTING UR NEXT BUDDY!!! FOR GOD SAKE THT YOUNG GUY SHLDN'T BE STEVE SMITH!!

  • just_chill_chill on June 16, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    Really feel sorry for Katich. He has always seemed like a guy who has things under control, and exudes so much confidence when he is in the middle. Good luck to him for making a comeback !

  • 5wombats on June 16, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Well - Ricky would say that wouldn't he. He should be counting his lucky stars that it's not him....

  • rustyryan on June 16, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    Punter you are a legend. Hopefully you would not end up like Katich. You deserved to leave on your own terms.

  • DazTaylor on June 16, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    Ponting should be dropped. he hasn't performed for 2 years now. Way past his prime.

  • stFleming on June 16, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    Well Ricky Ponting is a legend...He is the second best player in the world after Sachin Tendulkar...He is and his stats also suggests....He is better than Lara...there's no argument...Technique doesn't matter...Just look at the stats in both formats of the game....Ponting deserves the chance and hopefully he'll make most of it by scoring hundreds...Lets hope Ponting finishes his career atleast nearing 45 test centuries...

  • Winsome on June 16, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    If it was a shock to Punter, then he really is ensconced in the CA bubble. What did he think was going to happen after the Ashes? At some point the 'business as usual' mindlessness by the Aussies has to be pierced. He's lucky he's still a first pick himself.

  • slasher on June 16, 2011, 21:09 GMT

    Just wanted to make a point about age and proffesional sport. Firstly a batsman doesnt hit his peak until his early thirtys (arguably, there are exceptions to everything) and secoundly proffesional sport means the participants are fitter and stronger for their age than they have ever been, I agree that 5, 10 years ago 35 would have been too old, now i dont think it is, the diet, fitness regime means that players can continue at the top longer as long as they retain their reflexes.

  • MinusZero on June 16, 2011, 22:57 GMT

    You would have to think this must be Ponting and Hussey's last year now that this has happened. You can't set a precedent and then not follow it up. If they don't get dropped, whats their reason? We are heading towards an old age policy? Ponting should have been dropped instead. His last 4 years he has averaged 38, 47, 38, 36. Katich's last three years since he came back are 56, 48 and 46. They should not retain Ponting just because he wants to be in the next ashes series. He has already lost 3 you know.