England v Australia, 4th Test, Headingley August 5, 2009

Don't boo Ponting, says Giles Clarke

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Giles Clarke, the ECB chairman, has called for England supporters to stop their booing of Ricky Ponting when the fourth Test starts at Headingley on Friday. Ponting has become a target of the home fans since Cardiff, when he questioned Andrew Strauss's stalling tactics, and been jeered whenever he walks on to the field.

While Ponting doesn't mind the treatment, Clarke has written in the match programme that Australia's captain has earned the "the respect and courtesy" of the supporters who "may never see his like again". In his column in the Daily Telegraph Ponting said he was "half-expecting" the treatment.

"There is never anything untoward," Ponting said. "It is always good, light-hearted stuff, and when England have a sniff of winning the volume goes up ten-fold. They add a lot to the whole experience of the Ashes."

Ponting received a standing ovation when he passed Allan Border's Australian run-scoring record in Birmingham, but there wasn't much support from the 20,000-plus fans who attended each day. "The Edgbaston crowd were not the first to boo me this summer - but they were the loudest," he said. "Which makes sense, because Edgbaston is famous for being the bullring of English cricket.

"Whenever I walk out of the changing rooms I'm half-expecting it. I'm thinking: 'Right, let's get it out of the way, get the booing done, and then I'll start building my innings.'"

Ponting is the most recognisable face in the regenerating Australian team and the best player, which helps make him a target. Despite Clarke's message, Ponting is unlikely to get much respite in Leeds as Australia aim to level the series with two matches to play.

"The reputation of Headingley has been built up over many years," Stewart Regan, the Yorkshire chief executive, told the Times. "The West Stand has a reputation as a party area and we've got to break that. We've put together a series of measures to ensure that those people who want to watch the cricket are not disrupted by those who are simply there to have a good time."

Security has been increased by 20% at Headingley for the match, with 300 stewards in charge of cutting down the anti-social behaviour. Graham Onions said the players tried not to listen to what was happening in the stands and hoped Ponting would be treated better. "He's one of the best batsmen in the world, if not the best, so I would never boo him," he said. "I have too much respect for him."

Shane Watson, the Australia allrounder, said the banter from the crowd had been "excellent". "I have actually had a lot of laughs and giggles out in the middle, especially during the last Test match," he said. "That's what you expect when you come over here and play in different countries. You expect good fun banter and I think it's been brilliant."

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  • POSTED BY Av79 on | August 7, 2009, 9:20 GMT

    No, Ponting oughtn't be booed, but what do you expect from a sports crowd? I tend to think the Australian fans oughtn't have jeered at Simon Jones when the poor guy was lying injured on the Gabba outfield, but there you go. I refuse to attend sporting events in my native Australia any longer because of the torrents of racial and other assorted abuse hurled at elite athletes by talentless, usually drunk morons. I'd not expect it to be any different anywhere else.

    The only humour I can see is those Australians getting on their high horses, or other nationalities, as though the same doesn't happen in their own backyards.

    In short - why is anyone surprised?

  • POSTED BY harry93 on | August 6, 2009, 14:24 GMT

    It's like shooting fish in a barrel. leifedling: We are losing at the moment and yet staying dignified. Sam4fun:<Sachin, Lara, Border enjoy(ed) better crowd support than Ponting and it is no rocket science to figure out why.> No you're right, it's dead easy to figure out. None of those guys have ever been the captain of a country that's humilated other teams for 15 years. Jarr30: The egg was thrown from a speeding car at night in Hobart. The egg didn't hit Murali but 1 of the other 3 people in the group. Even the team said Murali wasn't targeted, but don't let that spoil your argument. vswami & rahulsaxena: Do u know how an interview works? Journalists ask stupid questions, Aussie captain has to answer, Indian fans carry on like idiots. Simple. To those few people who read and understood the article and then commented I appreciate your input. Too bad you are in the minority. Moderators would be good.

  • POSTED BY Jeremiser on | August 6, 2009, 13:26 GMT

    I actually feel that Stewart Regan is a bit over the top as well: "We've put together a series of measures to ensure that those people who want to watch the cricket are not disrupted by those who are simply there to have a good time."

    I take my friends to the cricket that dont even Like cricket - they drink and start to get into the atmosphere. They are simply there to have a good time - and there is nothing wrong with that. Obviously if they are causing disruptions in terms of violent behaviour then they shouldnt be there, but getting involved in the atmosphere louder than usual - there's nothing wrong with.

    As for the boo-ing, i don't think anyone has a right to tell them to stop. Its part and parcel of the game and no one is exempt from it (11000 runs or not).

  • POSTED BY Avid.Cricket.Watcher on | August 6, 2009, 12:08 GMT

    There are idiots in every part of the world - be it Australia, India, England, etc. (btw, @emski - interesting and honest article...something for Indian cricket fans to reflect on) And there are sporting crowds in all countries too (in India, perhaps the Chennai crowds are the most sporting - they've even given standing ovations to Pak teams on winning). So no country has a high moral ground here. As for Ponting, 3 hard facts: 1) He will very likely become the highest Test run scorer of all time, and so will leave an indelible mark on cricket history; 2) To contemporary cricket fans outside Australia, he is unlikely to ever command the respect / admiration of Taylor or Steve Waugh, or batsman like Lara, Sachin or Mark Waugh; 3) he's a bloody good man to have in your side (for both talent and commitment).

  • POSTED BY hatomaru on | August 6, 2009, 10:54 GMT

    There seems to be a common response to just about everything controversial on this site ... and that is "yeah, well, xxx started it" or "yeah, well the xxx team is way worse". Does anyone else think that it is all a bit childish? The fact is, in ANY sport, booing is just not on. There is nothing I hate more than the crowd booing a rugby kicker lining up a goal (or for that matter cheering when they miss). There is a difference between supporting your team, and just being a lout. I love the barmy army, their songs and humour. But when they cross the line from supporting England to denigrating the opposition is the time to call it what it is: poor. To those who support or even just condone the booing of Ponting, you cannot call yourselves cricket fans.

  • POSTED BY Emskie on | August 6, 2009, 8:41 GMT

    For all of those bloggers stating that Aussie fans would 'boo' international cricketers of Pontings caliber in Australia....I leave this link to an article by Suresh Menon. http://www.dreamcricket.com/dreamcricket/news.hspl?nid=10793&ntid=3 Aussies recognise and respect good cricket, from any side. English fans need to buck up. I think the love of football has pervaded the gentlemans game, where fans are encouraged to berate opposition and members of their own team if they don't like their form. Banter is good, it's part of sporting rivalry. But booing or putting down a well respected sportsman is tantamount to infantilism.

  • POSTED BY mahmood_chowdhury on | August 6, 2009, 8:13 GMT

    Ponting The Great is the greatest Batsman of all time right after Don Bradman who also captained an invincible Aussie side for 5 years and now building up another invincible Aussie Team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is there anyone at present who can stand beside him? Its really funny that we have to read some articles like this.

  • POSTED BY vezayar on | August 6, 2009, 7:00 GMT

    Sigh.. 1. Ponting is not continually complaining about this issue. He simply answers questions put forth by the media. To do otherwise would be rather rude now wouldn't it? 2. The content of Pontings response to the media questioning have never stated that this bothers him nor has he eluded to caring mucb about this issue. 3. I'm sick of passive people posting their deluded rubbish on this website. Another thread full of ridiculous, mis-informed and poorly contructed opinions. The censorships of comments is becoming a joke.

    GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER CRICINFO

  • POSTED BY TwitterJitter on | August 6, 2009, 5:43 GMT

    I am not sure what is more embarrassing for Ponting - crowd booing or English administrators and press sympathizing with him. Anyways, all of this is a sideshow. What matters at the end is the series result because the final script is written then. Everything that happens in between is subject to change in interpretation by the historians (subjugation or comeback) when they look back depending on the outcome of the series.

  • POSTED BY BaggyG on | August 6, 2009, 5:08 GMT

    What a crack up Jarr30 - Ponting not in same league as Tendulkar and Lara? - check the batting averages my friend. Ponting at 13th thanks to a leaner time while captain but still above Sachin, who never had the bottle for the job, and Brian, who massacred (or was that mutinied?) the job! Agreed cricket fans the world over leave a bit to be desired these days, part of the problem of "bringing the game to the masses", much to the regret of the true cricket fan. The days of truly witty banter seemed to disappear with the grassed spectactor areas and players who played for their country rather than the almighty dollar (IPL take note, what a farce, complete with cheerleaders!) Not much wit in what was doled out to Mitch Johnston at Lords - yes, I was there - but not a whinge in earshot, unlike PlasticKiwi!

  • POSTED BY Av79 on | August 7, 2009, 9:20 GMT

    No, Ponting oughtn't be booed, but what do you expect from a sports crowd? I tend to think the Australian fans oughtn't have jeered at Simon Jones when the poor guy was lying injured on the Gabba outfield, but there you go. I refuse to attend sporting events in my native Australia any longer because of the torrents of racial and other assorted abuse hurled at elite athletes by talentless, usually drunk morons. I'd not expect it to be any different anywhere else.

    The only humour I can see is those Australians getting on their high horses, or other nationalities, as though the same doesn't happen in their own backyards.

    In short - why is anyone surprised?

  • POSTED BY harry93 on | August 6, 2009, 14:24 GMT

    It's like shooting fish in a barrel. leifedling: We are losing at the moment and yet staying dignified. Sam4fun:<Sachin, Lara, Border enjoy(ed) better crowd support than Ponting and it is no rocket science to figure out why.> No you're right, it's dead easy to figure out. None of those guys have ever been the captain of a country that's humilated other teams for 15 years. Jarr30: The egg was thrown from a speeding car at night in Hobart. The egg didn't hit Murali but 1 of the other 3 people in the group. Even the team said Murali wasn't targeted, but don't let that spoil your argument. vswami & rahulsaxena: Do u know how an interview works? Journalists ask stupid questions, Aussie captain has to answer, Indian fans carry on like idiots. Simple. To those few people who read and understood the article and then commented I appreciate your input. Too bad you are in the minority. Moderators would be good.

  • POSTED BY Jeremiser on | August 6, 2009, 13:26 GMT

    I actually feel that Stewart Regan is a bit over the top as well: "We've put together a series of measures to ensure that those people who want to watch the cricket are not disrupted by those who are simply there to have a good time."

    I take my friends to the cricket that dont even Like cricket - they drink and start to get into the atmosphere. They are simply there to have a good time - and there is nothing wrong with that. Obviously if they are causing disruptions in terms of violent behaviour then they shouldnt be there, but getting involved in the atmosphere louder than usual - there's nothing wrong with.

    As for the boo-ing, i don't think anyone has a right to tell them to stop. Its part and parcel of the game and no one is exempt from it (11000 runs or not).

  • POSTED BY Avid.Cricket.Watcher on | August 6, 2009, 12:08 GMT

    There are idiots in every part of the world - be it Australia, India, England, etc. (btw, @emski - interesting and honest article...something for Indian cricket fans to reflect on) And there are sporting crowds in all countries too (in India, perhaps the Chennai crowds are the most sporting - they've even given standing ovations to Pak teams on winning). So no country has a high moral ground here. As for Ponting, 3 hard facts: 1) He will very likely become the highest Test run scorer of all time, and so will leave an indelible mark on cricket history; 2) To contemporary cricket fans outside Australia, he is unlikely to ever command the respect / admiration of Taylor or Steve Waugh, or batsman like Lara, Sachin or Mark Waugh; 3) he's a bloody good man to have in your side (for both talent and commitment).

  • POSTED BY hatomaru on | August 6, 2009, 10:54 GMT

    There seems to be a common response to just about everything controversial on this site ... and that is "yeah, well, xxx started it" or "yeah, well the xxx team is way worse". Does anyone else think that it is all a bit childish? The fact is, in ANY sport, booing is just not on. There is nothing I hate more than the crowd booing a rugby kicker lining up a goal (or for that matter cheering when they miss). There is a difference between supporting your team, and just being a lout. I love the barmy army, their songs and humour. But when they cross the line from supporting England to denigrating the opposition is the time to call it what it is: poor. To those who support or even just condone the booing of Ponting, you cannot call yourselves cricket fans.

  • POSTED BY Emskie on | August 6, 2009, 8:41 GMT

    For all of those bloggers stating that Aussie fans would 'boo' international cricketers of Pontings caliber in Australia....I leave this link to an article by Suresh Menon. http://www.dreamcricket.com/dreamcricket/news.hspl?nid=10793&ntid=3 Aussies recognise and respect good cricket, from any side. English fans need to buck up. I think the love of football has pervaded the gentlemans game, where fans are encouraged to berate opposition and members of their own team if they don't like their form. Banter is good, it's part of sporting rivalry. But booing or putting down a well respected sportsman is tantamount to infantilism.

  • POSTED BY mahmood_chowdhury on | August 6, 2009, 8:13 GMT

    Ponting The Great is the greatest Batsman of all time right after Don Bradman who also captained an invincible Aussie side for 5 years and now building up another invincible Aussie Team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is there anyone at present who can stand beside him? Its really funny that we have to read some articles like this.

  • POSTED BY vezayar on | August 6, 2009, 7:00 GMT

    Sigh.. 1. Ponting is not continually complaining about this issue. He simply answers questions put forth by the media. To do otherwise would be rather rude now wouldn't it? 2. The content of Pontings response to the media questioning have never stated that this bothers him nor has he eluded to caring mucb about this issue. 3. I'm sick of passive people posting their deluded rubbish on this website. Another thread full of ridiculous, mis-informed and poorly contructed opinions. The censorships of comments is becoming a joke.

    GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER CRICINFO

  • POSTED BY TwitterJitter on | August 6, 2009, 5:43 GMT

    I am not sure what is more embarrassing for Ponting - crowd booing or English administrators and press sympathizing with him. Anyways, all of this is a sideshow. What matters at the end is the series result because the final script is written then. Everything that happens in between is subject to change in interpretation by the historians (subjugation or comeback) when they look back depending on the outcome of the series.

  • POSTED BY BaggyG on | August 6, 2009, 5:08 GMT

    What a crack up Jarr30 - Ponting not in same league as Tendulkar and Lara? - check the batting averages my friend. Ponting at 13th thanks to a leaner time while captain but still above Sachin, who never had the bottle for the job, and Brian, who massacred (or was that mutinied?) the job! Agreed cricket fans the world over leave a bit to be desired these days, part of the problem of "bringing the game to the masses", much to the regret of the true cricket fan. The days of truly witty banter seemed to disappear with the grassed spectactor areas and players who played for their country rather than the almighty dollar (IPL take note, what a farce, complete with cheerleaders!) Not much wit in what was doled out to Mitch Johnston at Lords - yes, I was there - but not a whinge in earshot, unlike PlasticKiwi!

  • POSTED BY rohanbala on | August 6, 2009, 4:24 GMT

    There is nothing new about the behaviour of the English crowd.. They slow hand clap their own players. It is just that they are now enjoying the supremacy of their home team in the current Ashes series, courtesy a few glaring blunders by the Umpires. The english crowd should thank the Australians for making them enjoy the game by virtue of the number of centuries scored by the visiting team players. Many readers seem to like having a go at Ricky Ponting, the Australian captain. This time it is Ponting who is being booed and next time, it might be Clarke..

  • POSTED BY vswami on | August 6, 2009, 4:01 GMT

    If Ponting really doesnt care, he would simply keep quiet about this non-issue and not even bother talking about it. The fact that he feels the need to raise the issue so many times, shows that deep down the jeering is getting under his skin. Being booed is part of any spectator sport. Anytime a sportsman, that too an experienced one like Ponting who has played in excess of 100 tests, starts talking about it, it reveals a vulnerability deep down.

  • POSTED BY PlasticKiwi on | August 6, 2009, 1:53 GMT

    To quote the Aussie vernacular, "Man Up" people. Ponting has done more than enough wrong, complained enough publically, fought enough battles on field, and shown enough disrespect in the game to warrant an endless spray from hoards of drunken idiots afraid that his team will retain the ashes. Whilst I don't agree with this behaviour, frankly it's nothing that wouldn't come reciprocally from certain pens in the MCG or from the boozed up stands of South African fans. Ponting is loathed as much for his skills as his poor attitude - he's taking it on the chin because he knows Australia is no saintdom.....

  • POSTED BY Barnito on | August 6, 2009, 1:21 GMT

    I find most people that hate Ponting never actually listen to what he has to say. Rather they listen to sensational stories in the media and quotes taken out of context and decide he is the worst person in the world. A great example of this was the reaction to his comments regarding the English time-wasting effort during the first test in Cardiff. The saddest thing about this is it happens constantly in Australia!

  • POSTED BY rahulsaxena on | August 6, 2009, 1:10 GMT

    If Ponting says he doesn't mind the treatment, why does he have to talk about it on every given opportunity - Presentation ceremonies, Press confs, newspaper articles et al? Also, the Australian crowd is much worse and the Poms atleast have a sense of humor and don't cross the "r" line. Remember how the Aussie crowds treated SA's Nel, Ntini and others a few yrs back?

  • POSTED BY ssshNevo on | August 6, 2009, 0:27 GMT

    as an indian australian who was born in sydney and lived here all my life(25 yrs of it) i have watched alot of games at the scg over the years and i have to say that the aussie crowd(CA) are the most disrespectful in the world- the torture murali , bhaji and ranatunga etc. have recevied will never amount to what torment the aussies think they receive

  • POSTED BY redneck on | August 6, 2009, 0:19 GMT

    firstly if cricinfo are going to put up rubbish comments like vswami's in this article they better post this one or they are just plain hypocrites! where does it say in this article that any other that this is because of the australian team complaining! it doesnt because the australian team never did complain about the crowd! infact the article had players like watson stating he enjoyed being out there listening to the crowds chants!!! if my indian friends want an example of winging look at your sides behaviour after the sydney test. threatening to take your bat and ball and go home is the very definition of having a whinge!!! australia is a country of a laid back attitude and national saying "no worries mate, she'll be right" you would hard pressed to find a more thick skinned nation on earth! i mean as aussies we greet our mates with insults half the time anyway as its a aussie larrikin thing to do!

  • POSTED BY elsieb66 on | August 6, 2009, 0:14 GMT

    I just don't know where this booing comes from. The idea that this is appropriate behaviour - towards any cricketer - is a complete nonsense. It's really outrageous that the vast majority of people were booing the Australian captain. To those who say the Aussies do it all the time - I watched while Graham Smith get a standing ovation from the 5th day crowd at the SCG in January. Not booed. Standing ovation. I've been to lots of cricket in Australia and in the UK and I have never heard booing on the scale that Ponting has had to face this series. It's outrageous for all kinds of reasons, not least of which is that it is a privilege to watch a legend. OK, he can be a bit of a git sometimes, but so what. He's a sportsman. Compare him to some of the arrogant, nasty footballers around the place, and he's a peach. He's the third greatest run scorer of all time - soon to be second - and people are booing. Just because he's an Aussie, basically. It's a disgrace.

  • POSTED BY Tom-T on | August 5, 2009, 23:45 GMT

    "The West Stand has a reputation as a party area and we've got to break that. We've put together a series of measures to ensure that those people who want to watch the cricket are not disrupted by those who are simply there to have a good time."

    That says everything you need to know about the way the administrators think of Test cricket. You can either have a good time, or watch cricket; but not both.

    Regarding Ponting: I honestly don't think he cares. This is a bloke who when he retires I'm sure will have overtaken Sachin as the leading Test run scorer, and the way the game is going, that record may never be beaten. That's his legacy, and that's what history will remember - not a few beered up Yorkshiremen in chicken suits.

    Test cricket always has its pantomime villains, he's the latest in an illustrious line of them. As long as they aren't chucking bottles at him or slashing his car tyres, I think it's healthy for the Test game.

  • POSTED BY SpiritoCricket on | August 5, 2009, 23:38 GMT

    To provide an example of Australian sporting crowd behaviour - Graeme Smith has come to Australia on several occasions and at each time has made inflammatory remarks about both the team and the Australian crowd. In the Sydney test he was applauded as he walked on to the feild and when he came out to Bat to try and Save the test received a standing ovation.

    When Sachin Tendulkar comes out to bat he is always cheered in Australia and there is great disappointment when he doesn't score runs. The ECB whip this sentiment up by playing Jerusalem as the English team come out and with their website imploring their fans to jingoistically support the team

    Australians are not asking for special treatment the head of the ECB is so it must be pretty embarrassing for the board that this type of behaviour is going on

  • POSTED BY Mitcher on | August 5, 2009, 22:52 GMT

    Dear moderator: Is there a way to make sure posters have actually read the contents of an article before making their inane comments? It seems clear many fans - mostly Indian - are more concerned with fulfilling their dreams of abusing Ricky Ponting rather than making educated contributions. How sad that so many fans seem so excited to jump on a rebuildig Australian team with such glee simply because of the limited success of their own sides over the years. Unless you're West Indian or an Englishman over the age of 60 then sit back, relax, and hope and pray your team enjoys even half the dominance Australia has revelled in over the years. As for the booing issue. Who cares. If it makes little men feel big to hurl abuse at those actually achieving something then let them go. All part of the theatre.

  • POSTED BY leggetinoz on | August 5, 2009, 22:27 GMT

    The aussies don't care, in fact i think Ricky in a perverse way enjoys it. Its Giles Clark at the ECB who is asking for it to happen. And as for what happens in australia i think a lot of generalisations and assumptions are made. Yes opponents have been booed, and sometimes some local idiots have crossed the line. They usually get dealt with and the ACB doesn't hide from it and takes action. It happens worldwide, Australians do not own bad behaviour. Usually it is the crowd trying to put the opponents best player off their game. However we are also quite supportive of great players and great sportsmanship. Sachin in the last indian tour was given a better reception than the australians as we believe it was his last tour and wanted to thank him for how he has played in australia. Graeme Smith coming out to save the game with a broken hand was widely applauded. Singh however was booed for what most still believe to be a racist comment.

  • POSTED BY Uranium on | August 5, 2009, 21:15 GMT

    Many commenters here simply haven't read the article properly.

  • POSTED BY FlashAsh on | August 5, 2009, 21:04 GMT

    Has Giles Clarke ever played cricket himself? And not at a fancy school, but league cricket? If he had he would realize the futility of his comments, especially for the Leeds game!!

    Let the Circus begin and the lions will devour the slaves!!

    "please stop booing" which century does he think he's presiding over?

    Just remember the aussies have always been good at giving it but have always been useless at taking it!!

    Can't wait until tomorrow now and hope Strauss wins the toss!!

  • POSTED BY EnglishLeggy on | August 5, 2009, 20:58 GMT

    Sorry but I have to say, booing has increased over the past 10 years that I have attended Ashes games. Its not right. The big "Cheerio" when non-England batsmen depart - no issue!! I was at Edgbatson Thursday and Friday and the Barmy Army were in good heart although I took exception to "get your s**t stars off our flag", the rest of the noisy banter(and it is!) was no issue. They arent full on 100% of the time, and some of the noise is banal but its part of Edgbatson tests. Just the mere roar of the first few balls is enough to get under a batsmans skin, booing just isnt needed. Its not big, and its not clever. I see the press didnt pick up on the Barmy Army calling "there;s only one Bobby Robson" which received plaudits from all around the ground. Whoever is boing (and I doubt its the Barmy Army) - just grow up and appreciate the occassion.

  • POSTED BY mk49_van on | August 5, 2009, 20:27 GMT

    Crowds instinctively recognize those who play in the spirit of the game, and especially those who violate it. Ponting (high batting average and all) is a whinger, and a hypocrite. The crowds see it and tell it like it is.

    Also, if Ponting weren't such a flat-track-bully (when was the last time we saw him do well against the swinging ball, or on a turning track?) may be the crowds would excuse him. If he pouts less and does not fink out every time the ball does something, perhaps he would be treated better?

  • POSTED BY Jarr30 on | August 5, 2009, 18:29 GMT

    Charindra : I Totally agree with you Charindra as Murli was the biggest target in Australia and the last time Sri Lanka toured I had read somewhere that some Aussie fans threw eggs on him...That's huge dis-respect to somebody who is a champion cricketer. Now their new target is Harbajan. As far as Ponting is concerned he has not earned any respect anywhere in the world because of his off & on the field behavior and his comments on "playing in the sprit of the game" is a big "JOKE" and make me laughs.

  • POSTED BY vumpire-republic on | August 5, 2009, 18:29 GMT

    To Ponting's credit (and to that of his teammates), he has handled it all quite well - no Aussie player has made a fuss over it. Actually, I've always felt booing / abusing players reflects more on the character of the guilty spectators. But perhaps as Ponting heads into the twilight of his career, he should reflect on why overseas fans (in most parts of the world) don't treat him with the regard accorded to a Lara, Tendulkar, Gilchrist, Akram, Walsh, Pollock or other greats from the 90s and 2000s. It's because fans remember not just stats, but instances of on-field behaviour too.

  • POSTED BY Charindra on | August 5, 2009, 17:16 GMT

    I actually don't sympathize with Ponting. The likes of Muralitharan have had much, much worse from Australian crowds. But to Punter's credit he has handled it well.

  • POSTED BY canoz on | August 5, 2009, 16:56 GMT

    Wow, what are you all getting your knickers in a knot about. I beleive it was Giles Clarke, an Englishman and Oxford scholar that was concerned with the booing. NOT the Australians. We love being jeered and it adds to the fun of the game. The Aussies toned down their own banter this tour so that we did not offend any of the English players.

  • POSTED BY dkirby on | August 5, 2009, 16:43 GMT

    Boo Giles Clarke instead!

  • POSTED BY Jarr30 on | August 5, 2009, 16:42 GMT

    SO WHAT!!! All the players are booed all around the world, specially in Australia they love targetting certain players like Murli, Ranatunga, S Akthar, M Artehton, Harbajan, Smith...etc.. etc. As far Ponting is concerned he is booed all around the world for his bad behavior and the way he thinks that that Australia is the only country in the world who plays in the sprit of the game...hahaha. No matter how many runs he makes he will not ever touch or be in the same class of Lara and Tendulkar.

  • POSTED BY Sam4fun on | August 5, 2009, 16:39 GMT

    Isnt it ironical that Ponting is booed across the world when he is one of the top run getters ever. It is fairly representative of respect he carries around. Sachin, Lara, Border enjoy(ed) better crowd support than Ponting and it is no rocket science to figure out why.

  • POSTED BY Sabmac on | August 5, 2009, 16:38 GMT

    vswami, you must not have read the article I read. Ponting doesn't mind the treatment, and Watson enjoys it. The only person in the article trying to stop this behaviour is an Englishman.

  • POSTED BY Hellzphyre on | August 5, 2009, 16:33 GMT

    It definitely is quite easy to belittle Ponting and make this an issue about his sportsmanship ( which I quite frankly do not doubt), but quite surely this is an issue much bigger than that, come to think of it this way, these very boisterous fans that find it so pleasurable to boo him off the field may actually be witness to a batsman of his caliber and finesse for possibly the last time. The possibility that he may return to play another ashes (two ashes later) seems highly improbable and whilst jeering him may satiate their personal egos they probably must look at the bigger picture and appreciate his technique and ability while they can, you've paid your price, may as well get your money's worth right? @ vswami - That exactly is the point, tons of international cricketers get jeered on a regular basis, when was the last time you saw the head of the host country's board make a request of this sort? Tells you something about the player doesn't it now?

  • POSTED BY blackerthanyourhate on | August 5, 2009, 16:31 GMT

    petulance for a bunch of supercilious aussies is rather endearing.Now Giles clarke lays the smackdown a guardian not to boo our friendly visitor and to whom exactly? Doesn't he realize that "booing" is a common behavioral tendency in both Australia and england..Its sad to see the once tough warriors during the days of steve waugh have turned to a bunch of whinebags under the able captaincy of Mr Ponting..Great work Mr Ponting keep it up...All this complaining will definitely help you win the ashes 2009.

  • POSTED BY Simon74 on | August 5, 2009, 16:25 GMT

    I do feel a tiny bit of sympathy for Ricky Ponting, who is a great batsman and actually a decent person with some humour and humility when he's not captaining Australia. But surely a spot of booing is rather pantomime and hardly worth Giles Clarke throwing his weight around - it's a bit tame compared to Simon Jones receiving taunts of "Get up, you weak pommie b**tard" as he lay in agony after blowing out his knee in 2002, or John Snow getting pelted and nearly walloped by a fan in 1970-71. I'm sure Punter can tough it out, Aussie Master of Psychological Warfare that he is, and why should the English crowds have to take a step back?

  • POSTED BY pardeep3006 on | August 5, 2009, 16:17 GMT

    they are getting the real treatment the players always get booed in australia then now why are they feeling so bad

  • POSTED BY jenigmat on | August 5, 2009, 16:07 GMT

    You can't say that Aussies can't take what they dish out when Ponting and them are saying that they don't really care, no?

  • POSTED BY leifedling on | August 5, 2009, 16:05 GMT

    harry93: I hope people, especially the petulant Indians, read this article and understand it before calling the Aussies whingers. It's unlikely to happen though.

    You are right. Aussies arent whingers, but only as long as they KEEP WINNING. When their own performances let them down they become vulnerable to the same banter/conduct their supporters dish out to the teams visiting them. Ricky Ponting is a prime example here (not to say the rest of the bunch is any better). As far as the booing goes, it shouldn't affect the players, imo. When the English go Down Under, they won't be expecting the spectators to lay them out a red carpet, either.

  • POSTED BY harry93 on | August 5, 2009, 16:03 GMT

    Thanks vswami! You proved me right with the very first post.

  • POSTED BY JimDavis on | August 5, 2009, 15:58 GMT

    I remember, back in the day when there was intelligent comment on this web site. These days it seems people are unable to distinguish between the comments of the ECB chairman and the country of the person he is talking about.

    The only people complaining about the UK crowd behaviour seem to be English administrators or Ex-English players-cum-journalists. Maybe that's what is sounds like whinging?

  • POSTED BY sam_the_man on | August 5, 2009, 15:45 GMT

    As aussies say, if you cannot get abused (in this case.. a simple boo!) you should not be playing at this level. In Australia, players from other countries are constantly abused with F-word and that's the norm there. I think punter is just giving excuses for his bad performance in the match and wants to divert the attention elsewhere while they re-group. Don't eat this bait, ask hard questions from them about performance and bad decisions they made in the field.

  • POSTED BY LarryD on | August 5, 2009, 15:12 GMT

    "may never see his like again" Indeed! The same country that produced fine sportsmen like Bradman and Patrick Rafter (tennis) is now being represented by Ricky "sour puss" Ponting!!

  • POSTED BY vswami on | August 5, 2009, 15:11 GMT

    This is rubbish. So many overseas cricketers get booed and get the choices abuses in Australia all the time. It is explained away as the normal excess behaviour underthe influence of few extra beers. It just confirms the general view that Aussies arent generally capable of taking half of what they dish out.

  • POSTED BY harry93 on | August 5, 2009, 14:52 GMT

    I hope people, especially the petulant Indians, read this article and understand it before calling the Aussies whingers. It's unlikely to happen though.

  • POSTED BY Gopes_On_Dopes on | August 5, 2009, 13:21 GMT

    I think far too much is being made out of this non-issue. Players are always booed in Australia, no-one makes a fuss about it. Aussie players should get used to this all around the world.

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  • POSTED BY Gopes_On_Dopes on | August 5, 2009, 13:21 GMT

    I think far too much is being made out of this non-issue. Players are always booed in Australia, no-one makes a fuss about it. Aussie players should get used to this all around the world.

  • POSTED BY harry93 on | August 5, 2009, 14:52 GMT

    I hope people, especially the petulant Indians, read this article and understand it before calling the Aussies whingers. It's unlikely to happen though.

  • POSTED BY vswami on | August 5, 2009, 15:11 GMT

    This is rubbish. So many overseas cricketers get booed and get the choices abuses in Australia all the time. It is explained away as the normal excess behaviour underthe influence of few extra beers. It just confirms the general view that Aussies arent generally capable of taking half of what they dish out.

  • POSTED BY LarryD on | August 5, 2009, 15:12 GMT

    "may never see his like again" Indeed! The same country that produced fine sportsmen like Bradman and Patrick Rafter (tennis) is now being represented by Ricky "sour puss" Ponting!!

  • POSTED BY sam_the_man on | August 5, 2009, 15:45 GMT

    As aussies say, if you cannot get abused (in this case.. a simple boo!) you should not be playing at this level. In Australia, players from other countries are constantly abused with F-word and that's the norm there. I think punter is just giving excuses for his bad performance in the match and wants to divert the attention elsewhere while they re-group. Don't eat this bait, ask hard questions from them about performance and bad decisions they made in the field.

  • POSTED BY JimDavis on | August 5, 2009, 15:58 GMT

    I remember, back in the day when there was intelligent comment on this web site. These days it seems people are unable to distinguish between the comments of the ECB chairman and the country of the person he is talking about.

    The only people complaining about the UK crowd behaviour seem to be English administrators or Ex-English players-cum-journalists. Maybe that's what is sounds like whinging?

  • POSTED BY harry93 on | August 5, 2009, 16:03 GMT

    Thanks vswami! You proved me right with the very first post.

  • POSTED BY leifedling on | August 5, 2009, 16:05 GMT

    harry93: I hope people, especially the petulant Indians, read this article and understand it before calling the Aussies whingers. It's unlikely to happen though.

    You are right. Aussies arent whingers, but only as long as they KEEP WINNING. When their own performances let them down they become vulnerable to the same banter/conduct their supporters dish out to the teams visiting them. Ricky Ponting is a prime example here (not to say the rest of the bunch is any better). As far as the booing goes, it shouldn't affect the players, imo. When the English go Down Under, they won't be expecting the spectators to lay them out a red carpet, either.

  • POSTED BY jenigmat on | August 5, 2009, 16:07 GMT

    You can't say that Aussies can't take what they dish out when Ponting and them are saying that they don't really care, no?

  • POSTED BY pardeep3006 on | August 5, 2009, 16:17 GMT

    they are getting the real treatment the players always get booed in australia then now why are they feeling so bad