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Ponting was overburdened - Buchanan

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March 25, 2011

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Ricky Ponting reacts to a misfield, India v Australia, 2nd quarter-final, Ahmedabad, World Cup 2011, March 24, 2011
Ricky Ponting has been overburdened by people in formal leadership roles in Australian cricket says John Buchanan © AFP
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John Buchanan, the former Australia coach, has said Ricky Ponting has been let down by people in leadership roles in Australian cricket, leaving him overburdened. Ponting's role as captain is to lead the team by example, he said, not preoccupy himself with off-field matters.

"We saw that last night," Buchanan told AAP, referring to Ponting's quarter-final ton against India. "He was able to direct his energies towards one game. All thinking about developing the side and building a culture, selections here and selections there, were irrelevant. That is what he is capable of doing when his attention is rightly directed.

"Ricky still has an incredible amount to offer Australian cricket, but he has to be in the right frame of mind to do that," Buchanan said. "For the last 18 months or so that hasn't been the case because he has, in a sense, tried to take on too much responsibility for the whole team."

Ponting was at the receiving end of much criticism in the lead-up to the game against India, one of the reasons being his lack of form. He led Australia to two straight World Cup wins but was also captain during his team's Ashes defeats in 2005, 2009 and early this year in Australia. Amid calls for his resignation as captain after the World Cup and, in some quarters, retirement, Ponting struck form with a determined century in the quarter-final, but it proved inadequate as Australia were knocked out of the competition. Buchanan said Ponting's time at the helm was made difficult by some people around him.

"I'm disappointed with people around him, who have allowed him to do that [be overburdened]. That has contributed to making life very difficult for him in the [leadership] role." Buchanan refrained from naming the people he believed to be behind Ponting's problems, but said it is 'people in other formal leadership roles in and around the team'.

"I think there is a range of other people who relied on him to do more of the other work - building a team, building a culture, looking at selection - which are things that he has felt very personally involved with. But those things have been much bigger than he anticipated I think and he should not have been allowed to burden himself with it."

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Comments: 43 
Posted by gouthamkotera on (March 26, 2011, 19:13 GMT)

There is something seriously wrong with Australian cricket, I am not sure what, but looking at some of the comments coming from some Aussie Veterans, I am worried that we will have another cricketing giant going the Windies way and that would be devastating for Cricket. Cricket has never been a truly global game and its the countries like Australia and England who give it some global significance. if these nations fade away, it will all be a bunch of sub continental nations along with SAF, hopefully, and that will definitely sound death knell for the game. I hope Aussie cricket revives and retains its old glory (not to the extent of sheer dominance though), and Cricket is given a fresh lease of life.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2011, 14:11 GMT)

The problem with cricket is that the fans don't get what they deserve. Pointing just made a 100 and he is fit y the press need him to retired or stripped of the captaincy. Same with Steve Waugh and now West indies coach pressuring Chanderpaul, Sarwan and Gyale to leave. Holy not forgetting Brian Lara these men still have so much cricket in them y force them to leave. Look at Base bal A-Rod always out of form {7 games to make 1 home run} but he plays because the fans still come out to c him on the feild. If young players not getting a chance then increase the number of ODI games in a series and reduse the Test games. Have the players of both teams rotate playing during games like Base ball. ICC need to look how other sports rise to the top.....and only the fans can do that so give the fans that.

Posted by Chand_Naj on (March 26, 2011, 7:39 GMT)

He is talking about current Australian coach, taking shot at his replacement, well done?

Posted by   on (March 26, 2011, 7:21 GMT)

I agree with Mr. Buchanan observation. How much one man can take? We all know how badly Tendulkar's game affected when he was leading the Indian team. Ricky the batsman- there is no question he is the greatest Australian run machine after Bradman. When he had the match winning bowlers, we all saw his batting excellence. Repeated failures of the bowlers to take wickets and failure of so called replacement batsmen at the crucial times just adds to the pressure If Ricky Ponting retires now, the Australian team will be like current WI .So we all wish Ricky Ponting to continue for few more years. Ricky Ponting the batsman has lot to offer for the benefit of Australian cricket.

Posted by cricketlovee on (March 26, 2011, 7:09 GMT)

Continued :::::::: Australia cannot leave their legacy of playing punter by not having him as a captain...he has a secret desire of reaching tendulkar records... In australian cricket we give more importance to team win and dominance rather than personal records..... If selectors really wants to dominate world cricket...they need to bring youth in to the squad and re-build this austrian side..Tait should concentrate on line and lengh rather than pace..he was all over the place...

Posted by saketace on (March 26, 2011, 4:49 GMT)

Now after the defeat, the Australians are trying to find excuses. The same system which produced the world beaters, now can not take the responsibility of producing sub standard cricketers. Australia is now a team which looks for individual brilliances rather than a team effort.

Posted by shirodkark on (March 26, 2011, 4:30 GMT)

agreed brah. Totally agreed he has too much pressure

Posted by ruchinn on (March 26, 2011, 1:07 GMT)

Ricky's talent should be obvious to anyone who must have seen his ton in the current world cup. Selectors & the other people who are responsible for cricket in Australia should learn now from Sachin. Ricky like Sachin should be freed to focus on his batting & they should groom a new captain who can take the team to the next era. Ricky will be class act in his capacity as a batsman & a mentor for youngsters in the team & will provide a strong central figure around whom batting can be built.Ricky should not be allowed to be wasted. If Australia wishes to once again dominate cricket then a new captain with Ricky as a batsman is what they should be looking at.

Posted by boooonnie on (March 26, 2011, 0:41 GMT)

yes my thoughts exactly ponting has been playing like a player under intense pressure and in five years time when ricky releases his autobiography i expect to see him dumping on the selectors and ca administraters over the last year

Posted by bumsonseats on (March 25, 2011, 23:03 GMT)

Ponting one of Australia best , but his time is up.if the aussies are going to struggle for a few years in whatever type of cricket then they need a new captain .dpk

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