India v Australia, 2nd Test, Bangalore, 5th day October 13, 2010

Warne blasts Ponting's fields for Hauritz

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Shane Warne has angrily rejected the tactics of Ricky Ponting for Nathan Hauritz on the final day of the second Test via a short blast on Twitter. As Hauritz was hit for 22 from his opening two overs, Warne backed up the struggling offspinner.

"How the hell can hauritz bowl to this field??" Warne tweeted. "Feeling for hauritz , terrible!! What are these tactics? Sorry Ricky but what are you doing."

At times Hauritz had a field with a deep point, long-on and long-off, while also having a slip, short-leg and leg slip. In his first over Hauritz went for 12, with Cheteshwar Pujara off-driving two boundaries, and there was a cover drive to the boundary from M Vijay in the second.

"With the wicket up and down and spinning big, tactics and backing bowler [are] crucial," an earlier tweet said. "Pressure on Ponting and Australian bowlers."

Ponting and Hauritz have had differences of opinion over how he should bowl during the series and the offspinner has struggled for impact. In the first Test he returned 3 for 161 and in the opening innings of this match managed 2 for 153.

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  • Anurag on October 18, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    Mr. Warne - Bangladesh Beats NZ in ODI Series........what does that mean????..... it means every ### has its day. Same is with Indian Cricket Team......

    There was nothing wrong with RICKY's captaincy....PONTING actually played well. his fighting knock in the second innings in bangalore just shows his determinatio

  • Daniel on October 15, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    @Marico: Sportsmanship from aussies, you must be kidding or you must be a kid. Including from under arm bowling to pushing the sharadpawar from the dias, claiming lbw when ball hits tendulkar shoulder to Symo batting upto century after nicking the ball to keeper. Real sportsman ship comes to aussies when they are loosing, not when they are winning. There are many more such instances. You brought me smile when said that punter showed real sportsman ship. When teams are playing with aussies only one team plays with the real spirit other than aussies.

  • Dummy4 on October 15, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    Marcio, first of all no one's derided Ponting's sportsmanship. Everyone's appreciated it given his poor behavior for most part of his career. But thats it, if you want to worship him for some reason go ahead. Please dont expect others to join in. No one mentioned about the Sydney Test match but you immediately cite that saying it was years ago etc etc. Grow up man, read the comments properly and then post a reply. :)

  • Justin on October 14, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    Marcio talking too much sense, I get that. An Indian series win in SA would be a good way to show they are number one, but lets be honest Test Cricket hasn't been this competitive in a while, all top 5 are very competitive. Australia just lost the 1st Test, definitely not Indian domination as some of the comments here would lead you to believe. I still think South Africa is the most balanced Test team since the end of the Australian domination and a series win over India at home will be a good result for them

  • Prbath on October 14, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    @NISH67, u r right machan, Indians are afraid of Sangakkara & Sri lanken team, they know what is going to happen in the world cup. so they are afraid of them, that's why they Blame sri lanken when ever they can,

  • Rajaram on October 14, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    India will get roasted in South Africa. India have NEVER won a series abroad. They ar tigers at home, lambs abroad. Number 1 in your own backyard,India? Need any more medals, India?Or points? Just look at the lopsided "home" and "away" wins by India. Compare them with ANY other country. And you'll see what I mean.

  • Wolver on October 14, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    To Balaji Viswanathan - India does not have the best record in Oz for the last decade. They have not won a single test series there. One draw does not hold up against a win. SA won in Oz in 2008. No team has done for nearly two decades. Vinod Naidu and other Indian fans have got their hopes running very high if they think they can win in SA. Remind your 'great' batsman to bring their helmets and chest plates, they are not likely to play on any dust bowls this side. The only way india will have a chance is if BCCI uses it's muscle to influence the pitches in SA.

  • Rajaram on October 14, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    Mr.Ms.manasvi_lingam, Michael Hussey and Marcus North were not out,but were given out. So don't talk about Gambhir's dismissal or Ishant Sharma's. Pragyan Ojha was OUT, and you,AND THE WHOLE WORLD, know that.Australia were the TRUE winners.

  • Dummy4 on October 14, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    `@USMAN SHARIF,....u look to be novice in cricket..steve waugh had got an already united and great team with great players like mcgrath,warne,ponting, reality,it was allan border who lifted aussies team in late 80"s and early 90"s..

  • Marcio on October 14, 2010, 0:37 GMT

    Perhaps its time to upgrade your software, @ Maruf and co. Give credit where it is due. The Sydney test was years ago, & much of the mythology of that test, & Ponting, has been vastly exaggerated in your part of the world. The truth is that this 2-test series was very good, and Ponting deserves credit for his part in it, including his very good sportsmanship. Deriding his good sportsmanship because he lost is silly. It's harder to be a good sport when you lose, rather than win. Maybe it's time you started giving Ponting & the Oz team a fair go. Ponting is not perfect, but he does a lot of good for the game these days. He's not the anti-Christ. And despite what some have written here, there's little between the top 5 teams - e.g. just 9 points separate 2nd and 5th on the ladder. Oz have lost a lot of very close games of late, & have played a lot of games overseas (the reverse for India). It won't be long till Australia bounce back. I look forward to the next battle.

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