England v Australia, 2nd Test, Lord's July 15, 2009

Ponting hits back at 'hypocrite' Fletcher

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Ricky Ponting has labelled Duncan Fletcher a "hypocrite" after the former England coach's comments that Australia had no right to claim the moral high ground on Spirit of Cricket issues. While Ponting maintained he had not complained excessively about the hosts' "ordinary" time-wasting late on the final day in the drawn Cardiff Test, Andy Flower, the current England mentor, said the captain "made a meal" of the incident.

As England's last two batsmen held on they sent on the 12th man Bilal Shafayat and the physiotherapist Steve McCaig to prevent the visitors from delivering more overs. "[Fletcher] is sort of saying he didn't condone what they did the other day," Ponting said. "It seemed a little bit hypocritical, some of the stuff he had to say."

Fletcher wrote in the Guardian about Ponting putting pressure on the umpires at Sophia Gardens and their sledging. "If any side in the world doesn't play within the spirit of the game it's Ponting's Australians, yet here he is sitting in judgment on England because he's frustrated that his bowlers failed to complete the job," he said. "Ponting getting frustrated - does that remind you of anything?"

Ponting yelled at Fletcher on his way to the dressing room after he was run-out by Gary Pratt, the substitute fielder, at Trent Bridge in 2005. "We are good mates, Duncan and I," Ponting said wryly at Lord's. "I'm not one little bit worried at all about what Duncan has had to say. He is an irrelevant person in my world and probably in the cricketing world right at the moment."

The chapter adds more tension before Thursday's second Test at Lord's, but don't expect any reduction in the number or intensity of exchanges between players. On the final day in Cardiff Kevin Pietersen and Mitchell Johnson argued during the warm-ups and Stuart Broad and Peter Siddle bumped shoulders in the middle before the emotional finish. Siddle also hit Graeme Swann with a series of painful short balls, but Swann responded with an incredibly valuable 31.

"It is not an Ashes series without a few of those [incidents]," England's captain Andrew Strauss said. "As pressure builds, that strains people and once they are put under pressure they react in a number of different ways. One thing which I think is important is that the series continues to be played in a good manner and I certainly think on those first five days, it was played in that manner."

The Australians are often accused of pushing - or breaking - the rules but maintain they adhere to the over-riding Spirit of Cricket and their own stricter code. Steve Waugh has been at Lord's this week and felt neither team was particularly out of order in Cardiff.

Ponting is Waugh's successor and has no problems with the conduct of his team. "I don't think I have ever been pulled up for anything outside of playing within the spirit of the game," Ponting said. "We have always had the finger pointed at us about that sort of stuff. But we never seem to get in too much trouble from the authorities about the spirit of the game."

He said the fall-out from the time wasting had been "overcooked". "There is so much hype around the series that little things like that can turn into really big things," he said. "The entire game, I felt, was played in terrific spirit, it was on for young and old out on the field as we saw with the Siddle and Swann battle. But otherwise it was a great Test match."

In 2005 the Australians were considered too friendly with their opponents and fell to a 2-1 series loss. Strauss said the circumstances and personnel for this contest were different and the dynamic from previous battles had changed. "Players do what feels natural to them," he said.

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • AamirSakarwala on July 19, 2009, 9:27 GMT

    Why don't the Aussies ever accept their mistakes ? They think they are never wrong but they should know that they are no more the best team and now every single team has the capability of beating them. I was very happy to see Ponting missing one easy runout and dropping one sitter during the 3rd day of the 2nd Test. His face was worth watching after those two incidents.

  • bodge on July 19, 2009, 8:41 GMT

    Call it bad-sportsmanship, call it whatever you like but the fact is, with Ponting as captain Australia has won 17 out of 20 series and will probably retire as the most successful captain in the history of the game (in series victories). Ricky Ponting does what he needs to to win, like it or hate it, maybe a few other countries should take a leaf out of the Australians book.

  • henchart on July 18, 2009, 13:07 GMT

    Australia are jittery because India and SA have got the better of them in recent times and Eng are tightening the noose at Lord's .Someone wrote 2-0 Aus ?

  • blackerthanyourhate on July 18, 2009, 8:36 GMT

    nothing else is left in australia apart from some cheezy trash talking...

  • vincing on July 18, 2009, 4:02 GMT

    I think Ponting is losing the whole plot. Even if it was timewasting, any team would have done it, as Hauritz himself accepted. Ponting has taken the issue to press, perhaps trying to pressurize english players if they get criticism by England press. If that was the aim, Ponting has lost the whole plot. As far as the worst captain according to morals and ethics, it was Greg Chappel. And for the spirit of game, there has not been a phrase which was so open to understanding and debate. For sydney test, cultural differences were cited for what happened, meaning spirit of game is different in Australia and India, implying you don't have a universal spirit. What is right in India is wrong in Australia and vice versa. These are just words uttered by trying to be smart and righteous people wnating to be called greats in every term. You won't hear these things come from Sachin or Sir Sobers or Gundappa Vishwanath or Dravid or Kumble or for that matter Gilchrist.

  • Fishmatics on July 18, 2009, 0:18 GMT

    Well Done to Flecth, He has achieved exactly what he set out to do and that is to get under Ricky's skin. Why can't Ricky ever just walk away from a scrap. His behavior is clearly a reflection on his poor character. Congrats Ricky you are the most abrasive Skipper in the history of cricket.

  • sonjjay on July 17, 2009, 19:46 GMT

    and forgot to mention how brad haddin used his gloves and flicked the bails to get kiwi batsmen Neil broom out bowled !! that certainly qualifies within the spirit of the game !!

  • sonjjay on July 17, 2009, 19:23 GMT

    I agree with nick how can anyone question punter's sportsmanship when he doesn't have any !! and for the aussie fans who have a short lived memory i remember the aussies sending out towels and bottles of water when brett lee and glenn were trying to stave off a defeat in the 3rd test in 2005 !! I am really glad they didnt win the first test in cardiff and hope they wont win either !! Even in the last test in Nagpur pointing used his part timers to avoid being fined for slow over rate at the cost of victory i totally agree with jeff thompson abt ricky as a captain !!

  • AdityaRavindran on July 17, 2009, 6:36 GMT

    We all know Ponting is a real cry-baby. I bet he would have done even worse if his team were saving/winning an innings. We saw that repeatedly Sydney against India and RSA. I could see grass in his hands when he was appealing for the catch of Dhoni. Hee hee.

  • dravidfanatic on July 17, 2009, 5:48 GMT

    Ponting & his team mates have been the victims for such incidents most of the times, and rightly so. I think no player from the australian team has the right to speak about such incidents accusingly, since they were the ones who introduced the concept of sledging on-field in the game of cricket.

  • AamirSakarwala on July 19, 2009, 9:27 GMT

    Why don't the Aussies ever accept their mistakes ? They think they are never wrong but they should know that they are no more the best team and now every single team has the capability of beating them. I was very happy to see Ponting missing one easy runout and dropping one sitter during the 3rd day of the 2nd Test. His face was worth watching after those two incidents.

  • bodge on July 19, 2009, 8:41 GMT

    Call it bad-sportsmanship, call it whatever you like but the fact is, with Ponting as captain Australia has won 17 out of 20 series and will probably retire as the most successful captain in the history of the game (in series victories). Ricky Ponting does what he needs to to win, like it or hate it, maybe a few other countries should take a leaf out of the Australians book.

  • henchart on July 18, 2009, 13:07 GMT

    Australia are jittery because India and SA have got the better of them in recent times and Eng are tightening the noose at Lord's .Someone wrote 2-0 Aus ?

  • blackerthanyourhate on July 18, 2009, 8:36 GMT

    nothing else is left in australia apart from some cheezy trash talking...

  • vincing on July 18, 2009, 4:02 GMT

    I think Ponting is losing the whole plot. Even if it was timewasting, any team would have done it, as Hauritz himself accepted. Ponting has taken the issue to press, perhaps trying to pressurize english players if they get criticism by England press. If that was the aim, Ponting has lost the whole plot. As far as the worst captain according to morals and ethics, it was Greg Chappel. And for the spirit of game, there has not been a phrase which was so open to understanding and debate. For sydney test, cultural differences were cited for what happened, meaning spirit of game is different in Australia and India, implying you don't have a universal spirit. What is right in India is wrong in Australia and vice versa. These are just words uttered by trying to be smart and righteous people wnating to be called greats in every term. You won't hear these things come from Sachin or Sir Sobers or Gundappa Vishwanath or Dravid or Kumble or for that matter Gilchrist.

  • Fishmatics on July 18, 2009, 0:18 GMT

    Well Done to Flecth, He has achieved exactly what he set out to do and that is to get under Ricky's skin. Why can't Ricky ever just walk away from a scrap. His behavior is clearly a reflection on his poor character. Congrats Ricky you are the most abrasive Skipper in the history of cricket.

  • sonjjay on July 17, 2009, 19:46 GMT

    and forgot to mention how brad haddin used his gloves and flicked the bails to get kiwi batsmen Neil broom out bowled !! that certainly qualifies within the spirit of the game !!

  • sonjjay on July 17, 2009, 19:23 GMT

    I agree with nick how can anyone question punter's sportsmanship when he doesn't have any !! and for the aussie fans who have a short lived memory i remember the aussies sending out towels and bottles of water when brett lee and glenn were trying to stave off a defeat in the 3rd test in 2005 !! I am really glad they didnt win the first test in cardiff and hope they wont win either !! Even in the last test in Nagpur pointing used his part timers to avoid being fined for slow over rate at the cost of victory i totally agree with jeff thompson abt ricky as a captain !!

  • AdityaRavindran on July 17, 2009, 6:36 GMT

    We all know Ponting is a real cry-baby. I bet he would have done even worse if his team were saving/winning an innings. We saw that repeatedly Sydney against India and RSA. I could see grass in his hands when he was appealing for the catch of Dhoni. Hee hee.

  • dravidfanatic on July 17, 2009, 5:48 GMT

    Ponting & his team mates have been the victims for such incidents most of the times, and rightly so. I think no player from the australian team has the right to speak about such incidents accusingly, since they were the ones who introduced the concept of sledging on-field in the game of cricket.

  • OmarBK on July 17, 2009, 5:43 GMT

    Australians should not raise issues pertaining to "morality" and "spirit of the game". After all it was an Australian Captain (Steve Waugh) that said - Cricket is no longer a Gentleman's game. These comments triggered a sharp criticism world-wide specially from the then ICC Chief who said it might be the case for Steve waugh, but not for anyone else. Ricky Ponting and his boys are renowned sledgers and exponents of questionable tactics. I however am not condoning England's actions at Sophia Gardens. They should be criticised - just not by Ricky Ponting, or any other australian for that matter.

  • Lahori_Munde on July 16, 2009, 23:55 GMT

    HAHA.. Ponting at it again. Two simple words for him..Ponting is an Idiot. Please mind you he doesn't represent all the Australians. I am shamed to have him and Clark as Captain and Vice Captain of Aussie team.

  • S-JIT on July 16, 2009, 11:25 GMT

    The whole world knows about the morality of Ricky Ponting. Its not too long ago as to what happened in the test match against India.

  • Murfy on July 16, 2009, 8:45 GMT

    warne-out has correctly summarised the situation. Let this one go. It is being used as a forum for people to express hatred. Not cricket, chaps.

  • CiMP on July 16, 2009, 8:40 GMT

    What Ponting said was, IMO, in the heat of things. Not much need to be read into it. If we go on digging into the past there wd be no cricket just acrimony left. Instead of focusing on the negatives we shd laud the efforts of Collingwood, Broad, Swann (in both the innings) and of course the #10 and 11s.

    At least media has a commercial interest in raking up things and sensationalizing them. Fans should not let themselves robbed of the pleasures of watching and discussing test cricket.

    If fans like us find emotions running high and saying things to strangers that in the normal course we wd not imagine doing, it must be easy to make the leap of understanding to put in perspective how players may react on the heat of the moment since they have so much at stake and are under so much pressure.

  • Philip_Gnana on July 16, 2009, 8:38 GMT

    Ho Ho Ho.... Lets face it. Cricket is no longer a gentlemen's game. Time wasting has been part and parcel of avoiding defeat for some time now. Money, prestige, pride and ' honour' are more important from the players point of view. No one likes it when the boot is on the other foot. Pointing has the right to whinge (now who is the whinging pompey). The Oz had the time to get the guys out but failed. You cannot expect an OZ to accept anything gracefully these days. If it did happen it is usually a rare occasion. We need characters like Pointing to keep the 'excitement' or should I say incitement levels up.

  • D.V.C. on July 16, 2009, 8:36 GMT

    To all those saying that Australia got the overs that they needed consider this: When the last hour is called the fielding team has to bowl a MINIMUM of 15 overs, they are entitled to play quickly and get as many overs in as they like. Any attempt to deliberately slow play by the batsman is forbidden under Law 42.10. Clearly Australia were playing to get as many overs as possible (why else would Marcus North be bowling as such a crucial point in the match). Yes, Australia have been negligently slow in the field in the past, they have paid the price in the form of fines. Ponting even bowled Mike Hussey once to speed up play citing his obligation to bowl the minimum overs and was criticised widely for doing so. So Ponting is conscious of his obligations in this regard. All I ask is this: that the rules (not the spirit) with regard to time wasting be upheld for both teams.

  • Shiw on July 16, 2009, 8:23 GMT

    The prospect of time consuming, this delays at the end of the days to secure draws or to manipulate the result in ones favor is going on for ages and has been used by all cricketing nations including Australia at times and what i think is that this is not right. All I can say is that this is negetive cricket and this shouldnt happen anywhere in the world. These stuffs has to be seriously be punished. So whenever a team use such kind of tactice is used what i propose is that you fine the captain 100% of match fee and deduct the highest runs scored from the team that is delaying the match and erase the record and the innings of that batsman be scrapped. May be by this way they may learn some thing.

  • sachinraj on July 16, 2009, 8:09 GMT

    I think taht as far as the ethics and morality is concerned Ricky Ponting is the worst captain in the history of the intenational cricket. I fell that he should be banned at least for one or two test matches for his comments.

  • nicktoohill on July 16, 2009, 7:52 GMT

    all these indian and english cricket fans... completely biased and have no idea what theyre talking about. how can people question ricky pontings sportsmanship and the spirit in which he plays in and leads australia with? lots of people are saying hes arrogant and a bad captain.. how so? sure, he plays hard and expects nothing less than a win from his team - as all good captains should, and he does everything within the rules to make sure that happens. i dont recall any time where he has played "dirty" or "not in the spirit of the game" to get the result. and pease indian fans, dont use the sydney 2008 test as an example where he has, because he clearly didnt. he did what all captains should do - do whatever it takes to win (while playing fair). australia did nothing wrong in that game, they were just hungry for the win which is very understandable. on my thoughts about pontings post-match comments, the media has over-done it here.

  • richdad on July 16, 2009, 6:56 GMT

    I agree Hilly25, i still laugh when i think of sunil gavasker he is still the biggest whinger today and notice the indian's commenting on here, they still bring up the sydney test, man move on. Ponting is right though, how many australians get banned or suspended for bahaviour out on the field, not many and definately not as many as those on the sub continent. I think Lehmann was the last and what he did was WRONG and deserved it. Cricket is as much mental as technique and thats where australians beat the talent of india, pakistan etc. South Africa are starting to get that mental toughness. Australia will win this ashes 2-0.

  • sando_35 on July 16, 2009, 6:49 GMT

    "aussies always make a mountain out of the molehill "?? Ponting makes a quick, honest statement that the Poms were timewasting. He didn't make a mountain out of anything. He stated the facts, English media making a mountain out of a molehill. I understand the need for Shafayat to quickly let the batsmen know the state of play, and i think he did it well. Sprinted out, said what he had to say, then sprinted off. There was no need however for him to be out there a second time, and the physio stunt was a disgrace to cricket. Let the game be played. England deserved the draw in the end because our bowlers couldn't quite get it done. But there's no need for rubbish to happen like it did at the end. And Duncan Fletcher, if even the English team don't care what you have to say, then go slink away into a hole somewhere, nobody wants to hear from you

  • ak973 on July 16, 2009, 5:23 GMT

    Its interesting to read that despite the shoulder charge between Siddle and Broad nothing was said. But look at a similar incident between Watson and Gambhir .. Gambhir had to sit out a Test match for elbowing Watson. Some double standards eh .. no doubt England dont hv too many players who hv been fined.

  • dibbu on July 16, 2009, 4:55 GMT

    aussies always make a mountain out of the molehill to divert attention from the big picture. The picture here is that their bowlers failed. But instead of giving credit to England, aussies have gone on to a diversion trip. It's nothing new. In the Sydney test against India (that signaled the fall of aussie team), ponting and co. killed the spirit of game, and bucknor helped them! And yet, instead of ICC really looking at the tactics used and extremely poor umpiring, aussies created the race issue with harbhajan! It's just sick- the only competitive, and yet classy guy that aussies had was shane warne- he fought hard, but he was always fair.

  • RahulGandhi on July 16, 2009, 4:54 GMT

    I don't know why everybody forgets the basic point. Even if Australia had managed to get one extra over, and even if they had managed to get the last wicket in that over. Match would even then be draw. England were about 10 runs ahead, and to get them Australia would have to bad atleast an over. 1 over + 2 over changing time, that much time wasn't left at all. Time wasting might not be intentional, and even if they were that wouldn't have mattered. So why so much fuss.

  • zeelu on July 16, 2009, 4:17 GMT

    ponting should not have raised questions on englands tactics or spirit of game....

    England batsman have played all the overs needed to complete for the day..so even if they have spend few minutes...that should be fine... Also ponting himself is always slow on over rate...

    Besides, when everyone was appealing for LBW (which was than given not out)...ponting started to appeal for catch at forward short leg ... Watching the reply reflects it was no way near the bat. WAS THIS NOT AGAINST THE SPIRIT OF GAME FOR PONTING?

    Bottom line is - Ponting is biggest breaker of spirit... I wish instead of Flintoff ....Ponting should have retired...

  • luckyboyoc2009 on July 16, 2009, 3:47 GMT

    In other words, for Ponting.."The Grapes are sour"

  • BenJMan on July 16, 2009, 3:46 GMT

    From my point of view Ponting just made one comment immediately after the game and the media keeps running stories about it. They're trying to milk it for all it's worth but at the end of the day the series is 0-0 and the next test starts today. Can the media please stop recycling Ponting's comments - surely something more interesting has happened over the past 4 days like, say, the announcement of Flintoff retiring. Why don't the media just get over it and stop dragging Ponting through the mud.

  • Papillion on July 16, 2009, 3:32 GMT

    England always use outside strategies (out of game spirit) to win or draw a test match, it is the nature of England Cricket team and it was always been.So, no comments....

  • warne-out on July 16, 2009, 2:28 GMT

    It sounds like no one on this forum has actually seeen the comments Ricky first made. It was a 3 second response to a question about the delays where he said he didn't really see the reason why the 12th man came back on with the change of gloves considering he changed them the over before. The media then jumped on this with the typically sensationalist journalism that he was calling England cheats. He keeps having to talk about it as the media keep asking questions about it and wont let it rest and idiots like Fletcher for some reason wants to get himself back in the spot light...Dont blame Ponting for continuiing this he has said no multiple times to leave it and move on and the media refuse to. He is not a cry baby he has barely said anything and hasnt raised any formal complaintswhich he is enititled to do if he felt there was a real issue. He obviously doesnt, but newpapers need to sell more papers and with the poor ethics and abilities can't think of much else to write about!!

  • PSSidhu on July 16, 2009, 2:18 GMT

    After the Sydney test against India in 2008; Ponting sounds like the boy who cried wolf!

  • Hilly25 on July 16, 2009, 2:15 GMT

    My God...... yes Ponting no angel but....... there are worse in cricket than him. Remember Sunil Gavasker..... the biggest whinger and overated cricketer to play the game.... a disgrace to cricket.

  • Rooboy on July 16, 2009, 1:41 GMT

    Highly amusing to read the input of our indian correspondents as usual. No doubt the irony of their comments goes straight over their heads, but for supporters that continually overlook that their team that has refused to play unless it gets the umpires it wants and has threatened to fly home unless it gets the decisions it wants, then criticising Ponting for minor issues such as talking on the field, then for them to accuse anyone else of hypocrisy is hilarious.

  • brianlara24 on July 16, 2009, 1:18 GMT

    I'm from Australia and whenever i watch Australian International Cricket, the australians would always seem to "bend" the rules, for example Australia likes to field a short mid on and even though the ball moves onto the offside, the short mid-on likes to move across and 'block' the non-strikeing batsman and temporarily keeps the non-striker at bay and develops a run-out oppotunity. Ponting on the other hand is constantly seeming to be in the national press, whining, bitching and moaning about something the other team does. I have for a number of years thought that Ponting is the worlds most arrogant, unsportsman-like, hypocrite to ever play cricket. Most of the team are pretty much the same.

  • wgtnpom on July 15, 2009, 23:53 GMT

    Yes, England deliberately slowed the game down - but Anderson and Panesar still had to bat out 11.3 overs to get the draw, let's not forget that. It was a magnificent rearguard performance and Australia couldn't achieve the object of the game which is to bowl the opposition out twice. This kind of gamesmanship is nothing new - I recall West Indies bowling at 8 overs an hour to prevent an England victory in the early 90s and there must be hundreds of time-consuming incidents throughout the history of our great game. Move on, four Tests to go, all to play for, and what a series it's promising to be. Could it match 2005 for intensity? Probably...

  • Hivnoh on July 15, 2009, 20:40 GMT

    Love it when Indians bring up the Sydney test. Isn't that where they sent a batsman out without any gloves so he could waste time getting some sent out ? He forgot them ? A pathetic excuse, much like the ones used by England to justify THEIR unsporting play. Have a look at the ICC disciplinary records and you'll see Australia under Ponting has no case to answer, Australia is well down the list on referrals to match referees, fines and suspensions. Supporters of India want to look at some of the disciplinary records of their players before even considering the actions of ANY other country. Given the disgraceful actions of England at the end of this match, Ponting has EVERY right to point out the unsporting nature of England's actions.

  • Pratik_vodka on July 15, 2009, 19:32 GMT

    well what everyone missed including Ricky and Fletcher and Struass and most of the media is what an incredible job the umpires did. They were practical, flexible and thought of a solution on the spot. OK struass on purpose or not wasted time. Ricky was dissapointed right or no. BUt very sensibly the umpires made sure that Australia were given the full quota of overs to get england out. And were not rigid so much about the rules.AT the end neither did australia bowl lesser over than alloted not did england play more than they were supposed to.

  • 200ondebut on July 15, 2009, 19:17 GMT

    Just dangle the hook and reel him in. Ponting takes the bait everytime. It makes me laugh how easy it is to get under his skin.

  • mikeindex on July 15, 2009, 17:45 GMT

    Obviously England's time-wasting was deliberate (and rather childish) and it's nonsense to suggest otherwise.

    Equally obviously Ponting would be on a very short list of the cricketers in the world least qualified to take a stance on the spirit of the game.

    Equally obviously Australia finished bowling their last over at 6.42. If it had fininshed any time after 6.40 there would have been no time for another. Did Shafayat and McCaig really waste upwards of two minutes? I think not.

    Ponting is quite right, the business has been ludicrously overhyped - in which case, why doesn't he shut up about it?

  • CaptainMurugan on July 15, 2009, 17:18 GMT

    Another article with a cheap headline ...theres a lot of difference between calling someone a hypocrite and what ponting had to say ....

  • Shrini on July 15, 2009, 16:00 GMT

    To be quite frank, Ponting, though amongst the finest batsman of this generation, is one of the worst sportsmen and more specifically, leaders. Every time I see him crying out loud after a missed opportunity that the opposing team was unsporting, I feel both furious and amused. How can one forget the Sydney test against India? The whole world knows the fact that Ponting is both an impostor and arrogant. I guess, this dialogue involving Ponting is nothing but a publicity stunt, either motivated by the desire to demoralize the English or just to derive sympathy from the Aussie fans and media.

  • D.V.C. on July 15, 2009, 14:54 GMT

    All this arguing over who has the moral high ground is, in my opinion, beside the point. Law 42 deals with time wasting in a detailed way. If engalnd were wasting time, as it seems they were, thne they should have recieved, initially, a warning, followed by a 5 run penalty if they did it again. Other aspects of the 'spirit of cricket' are also dealt with specifically in the laws, for example appealing when you know someone isn't out. We have rules, I want to know why they aren't enforced? And it's not just the 'spirit' rules that seem not to be enforced. Why was Marcus North not called for no ball when his foot cut the return crease instead of just having the umpire point it out to him!? Why do we have rules if they aren't enforced?

  • JulianW on July 15, 2009, 14:45 GMT

    AUSTRALIA SHOULD CONCENTRATE ON PLAYING CRICKET THE MATCH WAS DRAWN ACCORDING TO THE RECORDS. ENGLAND SUFFER THE SAME FATE IN THE WEST INDIES EARLIER THIS YEAR. SPIRIT OF THE GAME! WHERE WAS THAT WHEN ENGLAND TOUR AUSTRALIA LAST ASHES?..

    I BELIEVE PONTING IS AFRAID OF A WHOOPING AGAIN IN ENGLAND..

    CHEERS

  • shajw on July 15, 2009, 13:53 GMT

    I had thought Ricky Ponting had matured a bit, but it's nice to see he's as precious as he always was... I think Fletcher's got this one right: Ponting should be conscious of the glass house he's in before he starts casting stones!

  • middlesiddle on July 15, 2009, 13:11 GMT

    Why is there so much hyperbole in these articles?

  • cricbytes on July 15, 2009, 12:18 GMT

    Ponting and his team is the biggest users of the negative play so hwy complaining if others doing. And about the time wasting stuff, did we lose any over in last test. No. Then stop crying Ponting !

  • mithoauau on July 15, 2009, 11:49 GMT

    Ponting is a biggest hypocrite in the history of Test Cricket, approaching umpries, bullying batsman on the pitch and argu on little things over and over again. I am sick of this kind of cricket from Ponting, my message to this little brother of Dyral Hair is " get over it mate ".

    Fight with indians , fight with Kiwi's, fight with SA and fight with Pomis in 2005 and now, he thinks that he knows a lot obout cricket ? God knows when he'd retire, the day he will retire all cricketing nations will be relived.

  • boris6491 on July 15, 2009, 11:46 GMT

    Ponting is certainly disappointed with the draw at Cardiff. But nonetheless, whether or not the Australians would or would not have done what England did (for that matter, ALL teams would have in that situation as disappointingly unsportsmanlike as it is) those comments were not warranted from Fletcher. I agree with springonion in that its time to get over what happened because the first test ended in a draw which is now irreversible. However, I agree with Ponting in that the Australians tend to be overly labelled as an unsportsmanlike team when, of course they are no angels, but are not as bad as what the media and the general public perceive them to be.

  • va_jatt on July 15, 2009, 11:27 GMT

    england done the right thing,,, and about ricky ponting he should be the last one to complain.... he is a cry baby....when he is doing something wrong than there's no problem , but if something similar happens to him he makes it big deal.... Mr ponting what goes around it comes around.... all the cricket lovers know where Ponting stands...

  • YeshuBN on July 15, 2009, 10:47 GMT

    I was really surprised when I read previous article about Ponting's anger over England tactics. " They can play whatever way they want to play. We came to play by the rules and the spirit of the game. It's up to them to do what they want to do" it seems to be a PJ for me. If England have invented Cricket, the Aussies are the inventors of negative tactics and verbal assaults.

  • springonion on July 15, 2009, 10:37 GMT

    I really hope this issue doesn't drag over into discussions during the second test and for the rest of the Ashes. Everyone's made their point, the fact is what England did was not in the spirit of the game (and far too obvious anyway), but we've seen incidents in equal measure with this if not worse in the past. England shouldn't do it again, and Australia should get over it, though I do suspect the media is 'making a meal' of it as well.

  • mangy.dog on July 15, 2009, 10:36 GMT

    It is at once insightful and illuminating to hear Ponting (of all people to have ever graced a cricket field) utter "spirit" and "cricket" all in the same sentence. It would be interesting to understand his idea of the Spirit of Cricket anyway. Let us focus on a few other arguments which are germane to the issue. Is any batsman required to edge to slips or any bowler required to bowl long hops under the Spirit of Cricket? Hell no! Cricket is a contest where one side uses all it has at its disposal (and some more if you play under the baggy green) to score over the other side, while the other side does all it can to stop you. Why then is England pulled up for obstructing Australia from bowling *more* overs than what was stipulated for the day's play?? Its as simple as that! This is not one bit about the Spirit of Cricket. It was just an extension of the contest being played out. England gave Australia their quota, the Aussies managed only 9 wickets. Simple! Grow up cry baby!

  • itsankush on July 15, 2009, 10:18 GMT

    I agree with Duncan that this is shear frustation coming out of Ponting for not being able to force a win. What wrong did England do? Dont players take personal breaks in normal circumstances as well? Australia was able to bowl more overs than the minimum requirement. Doesnt this show that England did not waste time? Really Mr. Ponting, when the results go your way, everything is fair, if dont then you find problems.

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  • itsankush on July 15, 2009, 10:18 GMT

    I agree with Duncan that this is shear frustation coming out of Ponting for not being able to force a win. What wrong did England do? Dont players take personal breaks in normal circumstances as well? Australia was able to bowl more overs than the minimum requirement. Doesnt this show that England did not waste time? Really Mr. Ponting, when the results go your way, everything is fair, if dont then you find problems.

  • mangy.dog on July 15, 2009, 10:36 GMT

    It is at once insightful and illuminating to hear Ponting (of all people to have ever graced a cricket field) utter "spirit" and "cricket" all in the same sentence. It would be interesting to understand his idea of the Spirit of Cricket anyway. Let us focus on a few other arguments which are germane to the issue. Is any batsman required to edge to slips or any bowler required to bowl long hops under the Spirit of Cricket? Hell no! Cricket is a contest where one side uses all it has at its disposal (and some more if you play under the baggy green) to score over the other side, while the other side does all it can to stop you. Why then is England pulled up for obstructing Australia from bowling *more* overs than what was stipulated for the day's play?? Its as simple as that! This is not one bit about the Spirit of Cricket. It was just an extension of the contest being played out. England gave Australia their quota, the Aussies managed only 9 wickets. Simple! Grow up cry baby!

  • springonion on July 15, 2009, 10:37 GMT

    I really hope this issue doesn't drag over into discussions during the second test and for the rest of the Ashes. Everyone's made their point, the fact is what England did was not in the spirit of the game (and far too obvious anyway), but we've seen incidents in equal measure with this if not worse in the past. England shouldn't do it again, and Australia should get over it, though I do suspect the media is 'making a meal' of it as well.

  • YeshuBN on July 15, 2009, 10:47 GMT

    I was really surprised when I read previous article about Ponting's anger over England tactics. " They can play whatever way they want to play. We came to play by the rules and the spirit of the game. It's up to them to do what they want to do" it seems to be a PJ for me. If England have invented Cricket, the Aussies are the inventors of negative tactics and verbal assaults.

  • va_jatt on July 15, 2009, 11:27 GMT

    england done the right thing,,, and about ricky ponting he should be the last one to complain.... he is a cry baby....when he is doing something wrong than there's no problem , but if something similar happens to him he makes it big deal.... Mr ponting what goes around it comes around.... all the cricket lovers know where Ponting stands...

  • boris6491 on July 15, 2009, 11:46 GMT

    Ponting is certainly disappointed with the draw at Cardiff. But nonetheless, whether or not the Australians would or would not have done what England did (for that matter, ALL teams would have in that situation as disappointingly unsportsmanlike as it is) those comments were not warranted from Fletcher. I agree with springonion in that its time to get over what happened because the first test ended in a draw which is now irreversible. However, I agree with Ponting in that the Australians tend to be overly labelled as an unsportsmanlike team when, of course they are no angels, but are not as bad as what the media and the general public perceive them to be.

  • mithoauau on July 15, 2009, 11:49 GMT

    Ponting is a biggest hypocrite in the history of Test Cricket, approaching umpries, bullying batsman on the pitch and argu on little things over and over again. I am sick of this kind of cricket from Ponting, my message to this little brother of Dyral Hair is " get over it mate ".

    Fight with indians , fight with Kiwi's, fight with SA and fight with Pomis in 2005 and now, he thinks that he knows a lot obout cricket ? God knows when he'd retire, the day he will retire all cricketing nations will be relived.

  • cricbytes on July 15, 2009, 12:18 GMT

    Ponting and his team is the biggest users of the negative play so hwy complaining if others doing. And about the time wasting stuff, did we lose any over in last test. No. Then stop crying Ponting !

  • middlesiddle on July 15, 2009, 13:11 GMT

    Why is there so much hyperbole in these articles?

  • shajw on July 15, 2009, 13:53 GMT

    I had thought Ricky Ponting had matured a bit, but it's nice to see he's as precious as he always was... I think Fletcher's got this one right: Ponting should be conscious of the glass house he's in before he starts casting stones!