Australia v India, CB series, Brisbane February 18, 2012

We'll need to fight fatigue - Arthur

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A day after Australia lost their second ODI in a row - an "unacceptable" performance - Mickey Arthur, their coach, has said that fighting fatigue will be one of the bigger factors in the rest of the triangular series. Arthur said Ricky Ponting, standing in as captain in Michael Clarke's injury-induced absence, was a bit jaded, too, after a long summer. Ponting has followed his double-century in Adelaide with ODI scores of 2, 1, 6 and 2, but Australia haven't even been able to think about resting him because of Clarke's injury.

"It [fatigue] is going to be a factor, there's no doubt about it," Arthur said. "We've pushed the guys incredibly hard in terms of our intensity, and our expectation around them. Some guys are feeling the effects of that, but we know what the schedule is, we have to make sure we manage the boys correctly, and that we've got the guys up and firing come tomorrow."

Australia play the second part of their double-header on Sunday in Brisbane, with a portion of the middle day spent travelling from Sydney to Brisbane. The heat is on Ponting now, and Arthur admitted he faced a challenge. "If I have to be totally honest Ricky is a little bit jaded, like a couple of our Test players that have played all summer," Arthur said, "but that is the treadmill of international cricket, and they have to find a way to make their performances count and have an impact on the team."

Why not, then, ask the vice-captain, David Warner, to lead the side? "We saw some huge potential in Dave, we want to grow him as a leader, he definitely has that potential," Arthur said. "He's not ready yet, and he knows that, and we've communicated that to him.

"We brought Dave into the vice-captaincy position to be part of our leadership group, and to learn from Michael and I when we strategise our position. In terms of taking guys on the field right now, he's not ready for that yet, and he understands that. I reckon he could be a great leader in a few years to come. You talk about succession planning, we need to find a leader, and he's one of those guys on our radar."

Arthur expects Ponting to make the kind of comeback he did in Tests easlier in the summer. "Ricky is a class act, there is no way you can write off a champion like Ricky Ponting," he said. "He faced those same issues around the first couple of Test matches, and he came through the Test series, had a great series against India, and I hope he turns it around tomorrow."

When asked if Ponting should quit, Arthur didn't commit either way. "I'd like to see Ricky Ponting in our team all the time, but as I've said through the summer, every cricketer's currency is performance, that's what gets you into the Australian team," he said. "A character like Ricky Ponting is someone you want around the team all the time because he's so inspirational, he's still our fittest player and hardest trainer, and he trains with the most intensity. He's a fantastic example to every guy who comes into this team."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on February 20, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    Arthur expects Ponting to make the kind of comeback he did in Tests easlier in the summer. "Ricky is a class act, there is no way you can write off a champion like Ricky Ponting," he said. "He faced those same issues around the first couple of Test matches, and he came through the Test series, had a great series against India, and I hope he turns it around tomorrow." why not these things applied on sachin tendulkar bcoz he is not only class act, he is masterclass,whose carries all excptation from indian people throught out the year,people wants to see him in ground if they bat well or not.he have great carrier.he wants to enjoy cricket lout more,as a senior ,as a coach, as a mentor,he is super hero from india we always like to see him in ground and hope he turns it around

  • zenboomerang on February 20, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    @Nampally... I think the fatigue issue is an excuse for the batsmen, especially when those that got the most runs weren't rested in the 1st ODI's... Different for the bowlers, as niggles can build up to real problems... As far as recent series breaks - Oz played SL, SA, NZ, India without any breaks... You can work out India's schedule for yourself :) ...

  • dummy4fb on February 19, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    The Aussies are back in business thanks to their chief tormentor Ben Hilfenhaus! Might be wise to bring back Peter Siddle as well. You have the lethal combination with Lee and Doherty. Australia win the CB series.

  • RogerC on February 19, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Some more tips to Aussie coach - food was bad, hotel TV did not work, team bus driver had tummy upset,...

  • here2rock on February 19, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    Come on don't give us excuses, just admit that your team has been outplayed.

  • donda on February 19, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    Good excuse after losing matches, keep on giving excuses. It's always the part of coaches to give excuses so that they can save their job and team moral don't go down because they played bad.

    Good job coach, keep it up.

    But this is the time to win games , two games are enough to lose and time to press some aggression in the team.

    11 players play the whole game not ponting alone, he might be fatigued but what about other 10. Kindly don't make false excuses. Just admit that other team played well.

  • rust01 on February 18, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    Nampally and Harlnd the Indian players are no way more fatigued as they did not put any effort into the tests. They only came here to compete in T20 and ODI.

  • Nampally on February 18, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    TheIndianplayers are more fatigues than the Aussies. They have played England, away & home series + West indies away & home series before arriving in Australia. Dhoni has played all the tests & missed only the ODI's vs. WI. So Mr. Arthur, get real! The same fatigue also applies to the Indian team. Aussies have players like Hughes & Khwaja who are not included despite their good showing.They can replace Ponting - who can rest. It must also be noted that India & SL are the WC ODI Finalists. So the going will be tough. India also has a younger team which makes them more competitive. So the last few games will be tough for all 3 teams - all with player fatigue imminent. Clarke went down with hamstring injury. Ponting is lucky to be still fit. So it looks like it is battle of the fittest. That is what happens when there is too much cricket!

  • Winsome on February 18, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Easy solution. Rest Ricky Ponting. He's not performing anyway, so give the captaincy to Dussey and let him go and spend some time with his family.

  • Harishonthemic on February 18, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Don't you think Indians would be more fatigued than Aussies and low on moral because they were fielding under the sun for days together for Clarke, Ponting and Hussey to finish their batting. The coach had some explaining to do when his team lost and that's what this exactly is. But no one can take anything away from the Aussies and it's entertaining to see all the teams play highly competitive cricket.

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