CB Series 2011-12 February 14, 2012

Ponting to captain in Clarke's absence

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Australia's selectors have turned to the former captain Ricky Ponting as the short-term leadership solution to Michael Clarke's hamstring problem.

Less than a year after he passed the job to Clarke, Ponting will lead his country in Friday's triangular series ODI against Sri Lanka in Sydney.

In naming Ponting as the stand-in captain, the national selector John Inverarity said that David Warner's leadership potential was being closely monitored, though it was thought best not to thrust him into the captaincy immediately. Warner still has only a modest record in ODI matches, and has made an indifferent start to this series.

"After careful consideration the National Selection Panel has asked Ricky Ponting if he would captain the Australian ODI team in Michael Clarke's absence," Inverarity said. "David Warner is a young player making his way. He displays considerable leadership potential, but the NSP is of the view that he should not, at this moment, have the added responsibility of captaincy thrust on him.

"David has been gaining valuable experience under Michael Clarke's captaincy and now he will have the opportunity to grow his leadership skills further as vice-captain to Ricky Ponting. In making this decision the NSP reminded itself of the fact that Ricky Ponting led the winning Australian ICC Cricket World Cup teams in 2003 and 2007. The NSP appreciates the fact that Ricky is prepared to accept this responsibility in the wider interests of the team."

Clarke is expected to be fit in time to return to the team for Sunday's match against India in Brisbane, the second of the two fixtures for which the 14-man squad was named. Another notable change was the resting of the fast bowler Ryan Harris, after he put in an uncharacteristically loose display with the ball and in the field against India in Adelaide.

Inverarity said that Harris was carrying a few "minor niggles" while also appearing to show signs of fatigue after playing in the third and fourth Tests against India then the first three ODIs of the triangular series. In his place are Brett Lee, who has made a swift recovery from a broken bone in his foot, and Ben Hilfenhaus.

"Some players are showing signs of fatigue after a demanding summer in which the Australian team has played with great intensity and purpose and performed with distinction," Inverarity said. " The NSP has omitted Ryan Harris for this reason and for the fact that he is carrying some minor niggles. The NSP has refreshed the squad with the inclusion of Brett Lee and Ben Hilfenhaus. Brett is making a good recovery from his toe injury and will be given rigorous fitness tests before Friday's ODI fixture. As expected Michael Hussey returns to the squad."

Shane Watson, meanwhile, has been deemed ready to return to first-class cricket after a grade appearance in Sydney over the weekend. He will turn out alongside the Test wicketkeeper Brad Haddin for New South Wales against Western Australia in Perth, in a Sheffield Shield match starting on Friday.

"Shane played a Grade cricket game in Sydney on Saturday," the team physio Alex Kountouris said. "He batted and bowled in that game without any issue and will be available for consideration for selection for a Bupa Shield game in Perth later this week as he continues his return from injury."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • on February 16, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    awesome awesome cricket is All ways Awesome

  • drabhibds on February 16, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    guess u guys are being too harsh on Inverarity. I think what has happened here is that since Warner is a bit of outta touch, Inverarity wants him to return to form without giving him the additional burden of captaincy. Seems like a short sighted decision though coz Australians are known to take tough decisions so this I guess is a bit of soft stand by the Australian selectors

  • Bone101 on February 16, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    They couldn't have picked a better man. @land47, could you please enlighten us as to which Englishman has been a more successful ODI captain than Ricky Ponting? You can choose whether it be in the 'old days' or the 'new days'.

  • ranga_s on February 15, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    @Wozza-CY: buddy no team train 5-6 captains to be in a side. This is not like Australia has shifted to reverse gear. Clarke is not dead by any means. He's just injured. Australia has several players in the shape of captains but non is available. If Watson or Haddin was available in the team I think they would have gone with instead of Ricky. Mind you Dave Warner is a replaced V/C for Watson meaning once Watson returns Warner won't be the V/C. Clarke has some years left in him and then if Watson is no longer there Warner is a possibility. But till then I think this is the best choice they got. And trust me as a Sri Lankan fan we would like to face a Clarke led Aussie team any day over a Ponting led Australia.

  • on February 15, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    great decision to have pointing lead, as far as india's captain goes, m.s dhoni is a great captain, but Indian selectors are not supporting him with bringing in youth. you can't find a better wicket keeping captain, and those are always the best, because you always need a keeper in the team as welll, as a captain, and it allows one player to play both roles, and make room for others in the team.

  • on February 15, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Isn't the VC supposed to step in and lead in case of injury to the Cptn ? What if Clarke was injured while batting during a match and had to sit it out? Is Inverarity and NSP saying that in such a case Warner is incapable of stepping in? Then what is the point of making Warner the VC in the first place? Sometimes I dont understand Inverarity at all. First he backs a debutante captain and then he decides to fall back to the very captain he axed. Making Warner captain in the absence of Clarke would have been the smarter choice.

  • Cannuck on February 15, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Does anyone see the irony of both Sri Lanka & Australia going back to their former captains to lead the team, when no one is around? Say what you will about both these guy's current form, I am thrilled to see the 2007 WC finalist captains out there in the middle battling again leading new younger teams. Good luck to both of them!

  • WishIndiaImprove on February 15, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Welcome Ricky... You are one of the best captain I ever saw. Everyone talks abt u just because u lost the batting. Now you are in form and you will rock.. Best of Luck...

  • drabhibds on February 15, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Hey guess who is on the defensive now, EH??? There's been a lotta talk on how aggressive the australian cricket and its selection policies are but i guess the last over six by Superman Dhoni has the Australians on the backfoot. WELCOME CHANGE

  • serious-am-i on February 15, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    funny to see warner considered for captaincy, may be he can retain place in the squad just for this reason. Warner can't play spin, don't you expect him to score many if you see a spinner operating in the early overs. It would have been an interesting choice to choose David Hussey as a captain, he never got a chance to captain the side and he has good experience as well.

  • on February 16, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    awesome awesome cricket is All ways Awesome

  • drabhibds on February 16, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    guess u guys are being too harsh on Inverarity. I think what has happened here is that since Warner is a bit of outta touch, Inverarity wants him to return to form without giving him the additional burden of captaincy. Seems like a short sighted decision though coz Australians are known to take tough decisions so this I guess is a bit of soft stand by the Australian selectors

  • Bone101 on February 16, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    They couldn't have picked a better man. @land47, could you please enlighten us as to which Englishman has been a more successful ODI captain than Ricky Ponting? You can choose whether it be in the 'old days' or the 'new days'.

  • ranga_s on February 15, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    @Wozza-CY: buddy no team train 5-6 captains to be in a side. This is not like Australia has shifted to reverse gear. Clarke is not dead by any means. He's just injured. Australia has several players in the shape of captains but non is available. If Watson or Haddin was available in the team I think they would have gone with instead of Ricky. Mind you Dave Warner is a replaced V/C for Watson meaning once Watson returns Warner won't be the V/C. Clarke has some years left in him and then if Watson is no longer there Warner is a possibility. But till then I think this is the best choice they got. And trust me as a Sri Lankan fan we would like to face a Clarke led Aussie team any day over a Ponting led Australia.

  • on February 15, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    great decision to have pointing lead, as far as india's captain goes, m.s dhoni is a great captain, but Indian selectors are not supporting him with bringing in youth. you can't find a better wicket keeping captain, and those are always the best, because you always need a keeper in the team as welll, as a captain, and it allows one player to play both roles, and make room for others in the team.

  • on February 15, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Isn't the VC supposed to step in and lead in case of injury to the Cptn ? What if Clarke was injured while batting during a match and had to sit it out? Is Inverarity and NSP saying that in such a case Warner is incapable of stepping in? Then what is the point of making Warner the VC in the first place? Sometimes I dont understand Inverarity at all. First he backs a debutante captain and then he decides to fall back to the very captain he axed. Making Warner captain in the absence of Clarke would have been the smarter choice.

  • Cannuck on February 15, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Does anyone see the irony of both Sri Lanka & Australia going back to their former captains to lead the team, when no one is around? Say what you will about both these guy's current form, I am thrilled to see the 2007 WC finalist captains out there in the middle battling again leading new younger teams. Good luck to both of them!

  • WishIndiaImprove on February 15, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Welcome Ricky... You are one of the best captain I ever saw. Everyone talks abt u just because u lost the batting. Now you are in form and you will rock.. Best of Luck...

  • drabhibds on February 15, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Hey guess who is on the defensive now, EH??? There's been a lotta talk on how aggressive the australian cricket and its selection policies are but i guess the last over six by Superman Dhoni has the Australians on the backfoot. WELCOME CHANGE

  • serious-am-i on February 15, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    funny to see warner considered for captaincy, may be he can retain place in the squad just for this reason. Warner can't play spin, don't you expect him to score many if you see a spinner operating in the early overs. It would have been an interesting choice to choose David Hussey as a captain, he never got a chance to captain the side and he has good experience as well.

  • Aussasinator on February 15, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Back to the bad old days. Gains from Clarke will be pushed back a bit and other teams can relax now.

  • D.V.C. on February 15, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    That's the right decision for the short term. I'm no fan of Ponting's captaincy in general, but for a few games while Clarke, Haddin and Watson are out of the side I think that's the right call.

  • RMcGeddon on February 15, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    in the field, will rick captain like the ricky ponting of old, or will he captain a great deal more aggressively like clarke would have him do?

  • on February 15, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    looking forward to see brett lee back in action.. The superstar will be back soon! so excited to see him back on the field.

  • on February 15, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    ponting is a good captain

  • on February 15, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    Is this some kind of a joke !! Warner was considered for captaincy??? He is a one-test and a half-series wonder !! Face it !! Can somebody count the number of good scores after that test hundred aginst India ?? He makes Sehwag's spin look like Ajmal's doosra !! Please do him a favor and let him learn some basic cricket other than T20s and then talk about him being Captain. Saying .."Warner is the next captain"... is an insult to the likes of Waugh, Ponting and Clarke !! Geeeez !!

  • on February 15, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    Good to see pointing again as CAPTAIN. Hope he would get some valuable runs & lead Aussies to win. Cheer's UP

  • rish5107 on February 15, 2012, 1:33 GMT

    captain should be someone who is assured of his place in the squad in the near future ... the way wanner is going no matter how much of a young blood he is .... most shud believe he shud be out of the team ..... its funny how people think wanner captain a team with ricky on the sideline ..... how insensitive of bigwonder to call ricky an old dog .... he has captained australia to win 2 world cups .... its like disregarding the legendary ricky pointing and all he has achieved for australia ..... the selector have done the a good job ... one need to give recognision to ricky in a situation like this even if it was ricky's last match of his life .... many in india have respect for ricky i wish the whole world does :-)

  • Meety on February 14, 2012, 23:26 GMT

    @Wozza-CY - Ferguson would be interchangeable with D Hussey, prefer Hussey lower because he hits bigger. I think Ferguson is a better nurdler (IMO). @landl47 - LOL, wondered why poms were commenting on this site again - oh yes, you won a match! LOL! @VivGilchrist / HatsforBats - nice, & spot on! @Biggus - right on. People often mistake Ponting the Test captain for Ponting the ODI captain. Two different beasts. Ponting was/is arguably the greatest ODI captain ever, conversely he was a Test captain that never lived up to his nickname!

  • gpm86 on February 14, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    @AidanFX- i think you need to get your facts straight. the first three games had no vice captain, meaning it was Clarke (c) and noone. Now for one game Punter is captain and then will be a normal player once clarke returns, witrh Warner as vice captain in the interim until Watson is back.

    Thank God they didnt select haddin- it is definitely time to move on from him in shorter forms and test other keepers such as wade. Selecting Hussey (M) as captain woulda been a backward step for long term planning.

    I would of liked Australia to try more youngsters. Had we won that last game I think this squad may have looked slightly different, but now we need to keep going with the experienced team. I hope punter retires from 1 dayers soon to concentrate on tests, as I hope Clarke does toward end of his career.

  • bigwonder on February 14, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    Pointing? really!!!. they could not find any young blood to train but had to revert to old dog - similar to SriLanka?

  • CSK_chennai on February 14, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    Pointing CB series ODI 3 GAMES TOTAL 9 RUNS.. Poor start, back to lead the Aussies?… what a Joke. But I think he might be back in form to score more runs..

  • RandyOZ on February 14, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    @VivGilchrist - he is still wiping all the egg off his face.

  • stFleming on February 14, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    The true Legend is back to captain the Australian team...Now he'll score runs surely.. as he scores a hell lot of runs while captaining the side...

  • on February 14, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    ponting is a good captain

  • rocky2u on February 14, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    There is no surprise..He was the right man to do that job..

  • slow.mo on February 14, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Now that's a rare delight.

  • ihaq1 on February 14, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    while ben hilfenhaus was unplayable in teh tests he could do teh same in the onedayers ...however i feel that the aussies should callup coulter-nile who seems to be their best one day bowler...the aussies batting looks a bit frayed at teh edges in teh one dayers

  • vinohuma on February 14, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    Ricky is BACK in business!!!!! Best bee in Australian Cricket!!! Hail Punter!!!

  • MADHURYA.VARTSHNEY on February 14, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    this unfair to warner . He is a aggresive personality and should be the right time to be given a chance both indian and sri lakan team are not on the best . Later when he is given a chance he might be under pressure . australia misses a opportunity to test david warner

  • Biggus on February 14, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    I have no problem with Ponting taking the helm in the ODIs. He's pretty good in the shorter format and it's only in the tests where I've been a strident critic of what I've seen as his unimaginative captaincy. Pup should skipper for a while now that he's making the runs to make his selection completely legitimate so there's plenty of time to groom a new leader. Perhaps that new leader is still below the horizon...perhaps it's Warner(!)....stranger things have happened. From where I'm sitting this is all a storm in a teacup and Ponting is the obvious choice in the short-term for the CB series. To read any more into it than what I've suggested is a bit silly I would have thought.

  • AidanFX on February 14, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    Please select Mitchell Marsh

  • VivGilchrist on February 14, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    @landl47, your comments are very rarely valid and full of back-handed compliments. I would be more concerned of Englands whitewash series loss to Pakistan. Back to the bad old days, hey?

  • AidanFX on February 14, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    Why instate Bailey (with no Aus experience in any format) as captain of 20/20 team and then turn to Ponting (who was more or less axed) who is at the top end of his career. I can partly see the sense in getting him to fill in a for a few games but it is inconsistent with what the selectors are doing - pick some with no experience then pic some one who was used for several years before it burnt him out. Warner is VC is makes sense to appoint him captain - that's how it is. The Prime Minister goes over seas - his/her deputy takes over temporally. Ponting will be ok to do it for a few games but I am scratching my head. We have Watson (Vice captain) - still injured; Haddin the step in VC in Tests - possibly dropped (we don't know really if he is dropped or rested) and Warner is now One Day VC and not being promoted. It doesn't make sense.

  • on February 14, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    Come on Lankans, Beat Ponting's XI to show the true reality of his captaincy which his highly over-rated due to the legends he had in his team before.

  • anshu.s on February 14, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    I am really surprised Ponting is still in the team forget about captaincy !! Oz selectors could have gone for George Bailey,Aaron Finch,Quiney or for some one young like Nick Maddinson.Brett Lee is little too erratic n up an down with his bowling and in Big Bash his speed was down as well....selectors don't want to rush test regulars like Siddle,Pattinson or Cummins but they could have gone for Couter-Nyle or A.Mcdermott who is good at death overs .....

  • espnchekmate on February 14, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Mathews and Malinga did brilliantly well in the dying stages of the match,to ruin the game for SRI LANKA.commiserations 2 da Indians.hard luck SRI LANKA.i think you better pack your bags and make arrangements to come home and take a break from the game rather than losing winnable matches.May INDIA HAVE THE STRENGTH TO BEAT the Aussies in their next encounter. theirs always something to ruin a close game when sri Lanka plays.sri Lanka should remember that,you make your own luck,god isn't or your superstars are not always going to pull off matches for you....!!!SRI LANKA CAN PLAY THIS CRICKET FOR THE REST OF THE SERIES AND DO BOTH INDIA AND AUSTRALIA A FAVOR BY HANDING BOTH THE TEAMS TO THE FINAL AND ALSO KEEPING THE TOURNAMENT IN HEALTHY COMPETITION AND KEEP MILLIONS OF PEOPLE GLUED TO THEIR CRICKET AND IN THY END IT WILL TURN OUT TO BE A BIG BLUFF.

  • spinkingKK on February 14, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    Warner scored a big century against the Indians when they faultered. Apart from that he hasn't done anything big. I don't know how a player can be made captain when his spot is not even cemented. Warner may be good thinker of cricket, but he hasn't proved himself to be a sound batsman yet. I think his performance in the ODI series and the West Indies tours needs to be looked at, before one can be sure that he is a batsman for the future. Captaincy should be far far away. Watson should be the captian for the immediate future.

  • HatsforBats on February 14, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    @ landl47; have a look at the odi records for Harris & Siddle, that's why he's in the squad. I don't know what games you've been watching but I saw Harris consistently bowling 140's; not quick enough for you? Anyway, the bad old days were fine with me; 3 straight WC's, multiple WC centuries for Ponting...England can only dream of such "bad old days".

  • Mikecricket on February 14, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    Good there is is Ponting even though Clarke is injured for being the skipper for these games

  • mightymf2000 on February 14, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Smart desicon by the selectors on the matter.

  • anver777 on February 14, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    A proven captain Pointing is the right choice !!!!!!

  • zenboomerang on February 14, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    Not surprised that Ponting is the stand-in capt (obvious choice)... But with scores of 2, 1, 6 in this series his position must be up for review with so many in form batsmen in OD'ers... "If" Forrest continues his good form & Watson returning to SS is there room for Ponting in this team?... Not on current form, so maybe its time for Ponting to just focus on his Test position - aka Bell for England... Time for the selectors to read the Argus report again... For myself I'd pick Watson & Wade to open with Warner, Clarke, Mr C, D Hussey to follow...

  • on February 14, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    A very sensible decision. Punter is very exoerienced and is respected for the way he has supported Pup since the change over of captaincy. Why waste such a great rescurce when it is available? David Warner has not cemented his position in the side as yet, despite some encouraging performances. He needs his head clear to concentrate on his batting before taking on a greater and more demanding role. I am impressed by the current National Selection Panel.

  • satish619chandar on February 14, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Good decision.. For one stop gap match, nothing wrong in Punter taking over.. He is the most experienced captain i nthe team.. All the others in the team haven't captained in their domestic sides.. Better for them to learn the art by being vice captains.. Warner is certainly a captaincy material but this match is a bit too earlier..

  • Micgyver on February 14, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    Only logical decision.Warner has not had enough experience or done enough to warrant the captaincy and there is no Haddin or Watson. Seriously the people who find this decision odd have no idea.

  • on February 14, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    Aussie cricket is funny. When Test matches were on. Players didnt have Shield cricket to prove themselves. Now when ODIs are on, they have shield cricket. I guess switching ODIs for tests or Big bash dates is the best solution.

  • landl47 on February 14, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    Back to the old days for Australia. Let's hope, for the team's sake, it's only for one match. The turnaround under Clarke has been remarkable, not only in results but in the morale of the side. Ponting was never a great captain, just a captain with great players, and under him the side gradually got worse and worse. As for Ryan Harris, let's be honest, in both the test matches and the ODIs he hasn't looked great. His pace was down and he wasn't getting much movement. Now we hear that he's 'carrying some niggles', or to put it another way, he's injured yet again. I'm not sure why he's in this side instead of Siddle, who bowled better, batted better and fielded better in the tests. Aus would be better off facing up to the fact that Harris can't handle the physical demands of international cricket and moving on.

  • Wozza-CY on February 14, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    Is it poor succession planning on behalf of CA that this team has to revert back to Punter or is it simply bad luck that supposed future successors are a) injured (Watto) b) out of form (Haddin) c) not ready (Warner)?? @ Blake Houston- agreed on the swap Hilf for Faulkner. @ Meety- D.Hussey at 7 (behind Fergusson)?? too low for him. The bowling looks a litte unbalanced to me, maybe it was the performance in Adelaide when they looked a little rattled. Also, I would have NCN or Cutting in for Lee.

  • on February 14, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    very good decision from the CA board to choose ponting as captain..becoz no one in team is as good in captaincy as ponting is.....Bret lee is back...now i will enjoy the australians victories....

  • wilkods on February 14, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    I think you may find it has more to do with the pecking order with Watson due to return. Wasn't he VC before he got injured?

  • jmcilhinney on February 14, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    Ryan Harris is fatigued after two Tests and three ODIs?! I agree that there is a lot of strain on international cricketers these days and rest periods are a good idea but that's ridiculous. Given Harris' record with injuries, I can understand them wanting to give him time to get over his minor niggles but fatigue? Seriously? As for the captaincy, I'm surprised that there was even a debate. Assuming he was up for it, Ponting was the obvious choice. Why would you ignore a guy with all that experience to go with someone basically untested?

  • on February 14, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    For all the criticisms of late, Australia hasn't lost a series since they didn't win the world cup. Just keep that in mind before you start acting like you know better.

  • on February 14, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    This match reminds me of Punter met Jayawardena in 2007 final. Good decision by at last.

  • ajayrcs on February 14, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    Its going to be best day for me ( 17 feb, friday) watching Ponting captaining the side again. Hope they win the match and give captaincy back to Ponting or how about Ponting captaining the T20 side for T20 world cup well better than George Bailey. Most success full captain & Best player ever played cricket! I would like to compare him with Einstein , Mahatma Gandhi and other greats of their field because they all are fighters, Isn't It. Many people Jealous with him (Sachin's Fan), Every greats have these people. I will thank GOD for giving me opportunity to watch such great Man and learn something. LONG LIVE SIR RICKY PONTING.

  • Harry_Kool on February 14, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    @farkin. How do you mean joke? That they had to appoint a captain to replace an inured one? Is the joke that the the person they selected has captained 2 world cups? Or is the joike that he performed so admirably in the series whitewash of a creaking crumbling Indian side in the test series? We all know who the jioke is here..LOL.

  • kardon on February 14, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    With lee still not 100% and Harris rested would have been a good chance to try out Coulter-nile, Faulkner or Mcdermott, I guess that will mean that there would have been no real players with vast experience. But Nile and Faulkner have been killing it this year and Mcdermott has shown he is one of the best quick men in the country. I an attack with Mckay and Starc already lacks experience, must be why Lees and Hilfy have been brought back in ahead of giving a start to an uncapped player.

  • Hodra99 on February 14, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    @Meety, some good ideas there. I have been calling for McDermott to come into the squad. Our death bowling has been poor and McDermoot showed again during the big bash how skillful he is at doing this job. The kid is young with a great pedigree, his dad is the bowling coach so he will have great support and above all he is in form (7/24 just the other day).

  • Sanj747 on February 14, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    Nice to see Haddin miss selection. Hope this is part of some basic long term planning. Forrest is a good bet for tests as well. Should be part of the bigger picture of building a group of batsmen that can actually hold a bat.

  • on February 14, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    WHY IS PONTING EVEN IN THIS ONE DAY SQUAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dashgar on February 14, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    Surely the only job of the vice captain is to be captain when the captain isn't there. Therefore Warner was never vice captain, Ponting was. This wouldn't even be newsworthy if they had just named the correct player vice captain in the first place.

  • on February 14, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    Look at that, Ponting accepts the responsibility of captaincy again, reluctantly i would imagine, not like Mr Sachin Tender-Sulker who couldn't captain an all stars team to save his life, Tendulkar only cares about his stats and is more concerned about himself than the team.

  • on February 14, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    No brad haddin!! Looks like Wade has a few more chances to impress!! Peter Forrest should be given another match as he impressed on debut and will be looking for a place in test side to WI. Also Hilfenhaus isnt a good one day bowler i think other guys could have been tried perhaps James Faulkner.

  • Meety on February 14, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    Fairly good squad, didn't think they'd go back to Punter, but he has a great ODI record as captain. I agree 100% that Warner was not ready for captaincy yet. I am not convinced he should be in the ODI side for that mater. I actually would prefer he for the short to mid term retire from the short forms of the game & concentrate on test cricket. Warner has shown great improvement in his temprement & application in the longer forms, I would much rather him playing for NSW on Friday with Haddin & Watto. On the same lines as Warner, I'd rather Hilfy not be inc in the ODI squad. If I had my way, I'd drop warner for Ferguson & drop Hilfy for McDermott. Side would be 1. Wade, 2. Christian, 3. Ponting, 4. Clarke, 5. Hussey, 6. Ferguson, 7. D Hussey, 8. MMarsh, 9. McKay, 10. Starc, 11. Doherty. They'd never select that order in a million years but hey, it should cause some early fireworks, than nudge & nurdles thru the middle & hitting late!!!

  • seand64 on February 14, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    Warner has to show he is entitled to keep his spot in the side to be a viable captaincy alternative. All this talk is generated by a media hungry for something relevant to say, but until David can put runs on the board consistently his spot will and should always be under review.

  • on February 14, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    Haddin was rested for the first games, he said he was dropped, officials said no he was rested. Is he now rested or dropped? Ryan didn't have a good game, is he "rested" or dropped. You can understand Hussey's reluctance to be "rested".

  • on February 14, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    Damn, I quite like that fact that Punter made a century in his last game as captain. I hope he can keep that little stat!

  • dsig3 on February 14, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    Well, Ponting has only won 2 world cups, its not like he is the most successful ODI captain OF ALL TIME! Oh wait, yes he is. Some people even say better than George Bailey. This decision is so easy even digger Hilditch would have been hard pressed to not throw the keys to Punter for one game.

  • on February 14, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    The selectors obviously don't see Mike Hussey as captainct material so Ponting is the only other guy experienced enough to do it. David Hussey simply hasn't played long enough at international level or captained Victoria enough. It should be Ponting, end of story

  • farkin on February 14, 2012, 1:38 GMT

    what a joke Australian cricket is becoming

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  • farkin on February 14, 2012, 1:38 GMT

    what a joke Australian cricket is becoming

  • on February 14, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    The selectors obviously don't see Mike Hussey as captainct material so Ponting is the only other guy experienced enough to do it. David Hussey simply hasn't played long enough at international level or captained Victoria enough. It should be Ponting, end of story

  • dsig3 on February 14, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    Well, Ponting has only won 2 world cups, its not like he is the most successful ODI captain OF ALL TIME! Oh wait, yes he is. Some people even say better than George Bailey. This decision is so easy even digger Hilditch would have been hard pressed to not throw the keys to Punter for one game.

  • on February 14, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    Damn, I quite like that fact that Punter made a century in his last game as captain. I hope he can keep that little stat!

  • on February 14, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    Haddin was rested for the first games, he said he was dropped, officials said no he was rested. Is he now rested or dropped? Ryan didn't have a good game, is he "rested" or dropped. You can understand Hussey's reluctance to be "rested".

  • seand64 on February 14, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    Warner has to show he is entitled to keep his spot in the side to be a viable captaincy alternative. All this talk is generated by a media hungry for something relevant to say, but until David can put runs on the board consistently his spot will and should always be under review.

  • Meety on February 14, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    Fairly good squad, didn't think they'd go back to Punter, but he has a great ODI record as captain. I agree 100% that Warner was not ready for captaincy yet. I am not convinced he should be in the ODI side for that mater. I actually would prefer he for the short to mid term retire from the short forms of the game & concentrate on test cricket. Warner has shown great improvement in his temprement & application in the longer forms, I would much rather him playing for NSW on Friday with Haddin & Watto. On the same lines as Warner, I'd rather Hilfy not be inc in the ODI squad. If I had my way, I'd drop warner for Ferguson & drop Hilfy for McDermott. Side would be 1. Wade, 2. Christian, 3. Ponting, 4. Clarke, 5. Hussey, 6. Ferguson, 7. D Hussey, 8. MMarsh, 9. McKay, 10. Starc, 11. Doherty. They'd never select that order in a million years but hey, it should cause some early fireworks, than nudge & nurdles thru the middle & hitting late!!!

  • on February 14, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    No brad haddin!! Looks like Wade has a few more chances to impress!! Peter Forrest should be given another match as he impressed on debut and will be looking for a place in test side to WI. Also Hilfenhaus isnt a good one day bowler i think other guys could have been tried perhaps James Faulkner.

  • on February 14, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    Look at that, Ponting accepts the responsibility of captaincy again, reluctantly i would imagine, not like Mr Sachin Tender-Sulker who couldn't captain an all stars team to save his life, Tendulkar only cares about his stats and is more concerned about himself than the team.

  • Dashgar on February 14, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    Surely the only job of the vice captain is to be captain when the captain isn't there. Therefore Warner was never vice captain, Ponting was. This wouldn't even be newsworthy if they had just named the correct player vice captain in the first place.