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

'We need to move on quickly' - Ponting

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Having gotten so used to singing Under the Southern Cross to celebrate Test victories for most of his career, Ricky Ponting now finds himself in the sort of situation that once confronted Allan Border in the late 1980s. A 2-0 defeat in India, especially after coming within a ball of winning the first Test, is hardly ideal preparation to try and win back the Ashes, but the man entrusted with restoring Australian cricket to the top asserted that it wasn't all doom and gloom after the latest Indian misadventure.

"There have been a few positives," Ponting said. "[Mitchell] Johnson and [Ben] Hilfenhaus have been very good. Shane Watson at the top of the order. Tim Paine has looked every bit a world-class keeper-batsman. The rest of us have been a bit inconsistent. We haven't played the five days that we need to to win games. They deserve to have won both games, but even if you ask them, they're a bit flattered by that result."

Some of the squad now face limited-overs games against India and Sri Lanka, while others will return to a diet of Shield cricket before the first Test against England. "We've got to move on pretty quickly now. Our next Test match is at the Gabba, the start of the Ashes series. We have to make sure that we play five long tough days of Test cricket."

While bitterly disappointed at another loss in India, Ponting suggested that it would have little bearing on the contest for the urn. "They're totally different conditions," he said. "It's going to be interesting to see how the group bounces back now. That's three Tests in a row we've lost as well. We can't forget the last one against Pakistan. I'm not sure that's happened in my time of playing for Australia. It's certainly not happened since I've been captain.

"There are some issues there that we need to deal with, and we have to get over them quickly. We've managed to match it with the No.1 team for nine of the 10 days, but we haven't been good enough when it's mattered."

When it was pointed out that Australia hadn't lost three in a row since West Indies defeated them at Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne in 1988, he said: "I wasn't playing in 1988, though it feels like it (grins). We have to get off that train for sure, and start winning some Tests pretty soon."

Having come to India with a Test average of 20 in 12 Tests here, Ponting the batsman certainly went some way towards correcting that anomaly in his career stats. But when asked whether he felt he had done his part, he disagreed. "When a No.3 batsman gets in and makes 60 or 70, you expect him to go on and make big scores. Tendulkar did it; he made 200. If I'd made 200 in the first innings, the result might have been different. We've got to be harsh on ourselves. Three scores in the 70s is not good enough."

His deputy, Michael Clarke, managed just 35 runs in the series, a far cry from 2004 when he made a scintillating century on debut in Bangalore. Clarke has moved up the order to No.4, but Ponting was adamant that the switch had nothing to do with the downturn in his batting fortunes. "We've all had those series in India." he said. "I had about four of them [laughs], where I came here and worked hard without getting the results I wanted.

There's no need to worry about Michael Clarke. He knows his own game very well. The fact that he's moved up one spot in the order hasn't got anything to do with the runs he has or hasn't scored. He's a world-class player and I'm sure that when the Ashes come round, you'll see him in good touch."

Apart from Ben Hilfenhaus, who toiled away diligently while enhancing his claim to keep the new ball, there was little consistency on the bowling front. But in Ponting's eyes, it was the batsmen who cost the side the series. "I think our bowlers have done a terrific job here," he said. "We were one ball away from winning the first Test. I don't think they were disappointing. If anything, the reason we've lost both games is our second-innings batting. If we had batted an hour longer in both Tests, we certainly wouldn't have lost."

While the match was in progress, Shane Warne, his former team-mate, weighed in with some scathing criticism of the field Ponting set for Hauritz. When asked about it, Ponting put down his old mate in polite fashion. "Every field that Nathan's bowled to since he's been here has been at his request," he said. "Those are the fields he wants to bowl to. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that Shane would take the time to ask anyone about that. He's got his opinion out in public at the moment.

"Different people say different things. We don't always agree with all of them. There's no doubt we'll all face a bit of criticism having lost two Tests, but it would be nice if they were a bit more informed before they made some of their comments."

There was no unequivocal backing for Hauritz though, when asked what lay ahead for the beleaguered offie. "That's up to him to work out," said Ponting. "As you know, I've given him what I feel is the right advice, on the little things he can work on. That's what captains and coaches are in place for.

Hopefully he plays well in the one-day series here and gets a bit of confidence under his belt before he gets back to Australia. He can play a couple of Shield games there and start working things out for himself."

He also brushed off suggestions that there might be major changes in personnel ahead of the Ashes. "We all have to be disappointed with the results," he said. "But all any of us can do when we go back home is play the best cricket that we can. Me, I've got to make as many runs as I can. Anyone that's out of the squad at the moment ... if they keep scoring runs and putting their hands up, we'll wait and see what happens when the selection comes round for Brisbane. I don't think there are too many gaping holes in our team. We just have to make sure we don't let opportunities slip."

They did in Mohali, and after being outplayed for the final five sessions in Bangalore, it will be interesting to see what this team are made of. Do some of the old warhorses have one big series left in them? And how many of the inexperienced hands are capable of the game-changing performance? Ponting and Hilfenhaus aside, there's an ordinariness and inconsistency there that England will certainly have noted as the clock ticks down to the Gabba.

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  • POSTED BY Jaggadaaku on | October 16, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    " I am still the best choice as a captain - Ponting" this over pride and over confidence of himself could carry down Australia at the bottom. This is the man who never learn. This is the man who always speaks non-sense before every series starts. You praised Johnson and Hilfenhaus saying they provided very good bowling in this series. No, Mr. Ponting, only Johnson bowled very good in this series, but we know why you also added Hilfy's name in good Ausies bowlers territory. We know why he could get a chance in National Team of Australia despite many better bowlers still sitting on the bench such as Simon Tait, S. Clark, P. Siddle, RJ Harris and may be more. Because Hilfy is your cousin. What did he do great in this series or this last Test match? He got Sehwag's wicket, but anyone could get Sehwag's wicket because Sehwas was going after every ball of every over. So, put control on your speaking otherwise your mouth will be sewed forever by getting defeated of next all series. No more

  • POSTED BY kang-a-roo on | October 16, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    There's no point in criticizing Punter for the 2-0 deficit. He did everything he could to win at Mohali but VVS prevented him from snatching a memorable victory. As far as using the part-timers is concerned, I think Ponting could have used Clarke keeping in mind his record against India in crucial stages of the match(6-9 at Mumbai & 3 quick tail wickets at Sydney). At present, middle order is the biggest point of concern for Ponting. The opening pair of Watson & Katich are having a dream run. But the likes of Hussey, North, Clarke and Ponting himself are not producing runs proportional to their stature. Hussey has a lot left in him and I'm sure that he would be itching to get some good runs in domestics now. Would-be-captain Clarke is going through the worst phase of his career till now and has a lot of pressure on him. It would be good to see him get some runs in the ODI series to bring back his confidence. All the best Pup for the ODIs.

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    @Boidji awesome comments :P

  • POSTED BY ravi_hari on | October 15, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    From Australia's point of view this was a series which they should not have palyed at all. This is certainly not the right preparation for Ashes. In the past decade Australia has won a series in India only once and Ponting has a dubious record here. Having come here, Ponting should have brought the right players for the battle. I dont think it was a good idea to have Hauritz as their spinner. Off spinners ahve rarely been successful in India. Left arm spinners are the one who succeeded. Instead Australia should have opted for a medium pace all rounder. Secondly, it is surprising witht he way Ponting has used his part time bowlers. He did not use Clarke in the first test and did not use North at the right times in the second test. His field placements all through the series have been far from the required. An aggressive captain would not use such fields.Blame it on Ponting the captain fro the debacle. Hari Ravi

  • POSTED BY nani_cool21 on | October 15, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    Hey ponting is very good cricketer and also one of contemporary greats.He is in transition period.It quite normal for team when they lost players like glen ,Gilly,Haydos .But get symonds back into u r team.Thats only the way u can strengthen u r team.Ponting some home going in bad patch as a captain and as a batsman.Get symo and haddin back into the team.

  • POSTED BY Jaggadaaku on | October 15, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    @ Ranga Samarawickrama, You must know why India refused to accept URDS. Because when India came in your Sri Lanka around 2 years ago, India and your Sri Lanka both accepted URDS. And in that series, when Indian batsmen were clearly seeing notout on the screen and they used their challenge to the third umpire, your third umpire gave them out. So, since then India learned that if we have URDS or not, the third umpire is doing whatever he wants. When there was doubt in the decision in that series, your third umpire gave all Indian batsmen out while in Cricket, always benefit of doubt goes to batsmen. Refusing URDS by India in this series cost both of the teams. If India would have accept URDS, India could have won the first test in only 4 days. And in 2nd test, both teams suffered equally. I know your buttock is burning because India whitewashed Australia, and your Sri Lanka haven't done yet and never could do it in million years now.

  • POSTED BY Jaggadaaku on | October 15, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    @ anurag70, You are right, Bangladesh beat New Zealand, that doesn't mean Bangladesh is better than New Zealand. But today if Bangladesh is upper level on ICC table than New Zealand and then they would beat New Zealand, they obviously would become better than New Zealand. And that happened in here. India is on the top and Australia is on the 4th or 5th, and India beat Australia, so India obviously became a lot better than Australia. So, give all the credit to Indian team including captain who did not make any half century in this series, and dropped few catches but his all decision during the match rather comparing them with other teams. India did not become the No. 1 in Test Cricket in just few moments, but they beat nearly every team in this last 2 years. Some of the teams were beaten by India in their own country. So, please don't compare Indian victory over Australia with Bangladeshies victory over New Zealand. It shows your foolishness and childish mind.

  • POSTED BY pom_basher on | October 15, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    Have never seen a losing team, who is 5th in rankings, get so much press!!!

  • POSTED BY rkannancrown on | October 15, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    Ponting's batting form is also debatable. He is suspect to the incoming ball especially at the start of the innings. The absence of UDRS enabled him to get away at bangalore but with cricket moving in the direction of UDRS, Ponting's scoring ability is also going to be put to test. The decline started after the 2008 Sydney test which Bucknor & Benson won for Australia. The aftermath of the test resulted in umpires no longer ensuring Australian victories and this is the real explanation for their decline. Warne is the easily the spinner with a huge number of debatable LBW decisions and if this is factored, then Australian dominance becomes a myth. Navjeet commented on crowd booing Ponting but i believe it is well deserved because he has been one of cricket's worst example when it came to behaviour. Navjeet only needs to rewind to Sydney in 2008 where Ponting & Clarke were appealing for catches on second bounce.

  • POSTED BY Hagemaru_Hageda on | October 15, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    I wonder why Ian Chappel taking it on Michael Clarke. Its just like he don't wanna criticize Ricky, he's finding an alternative. Clarke's graph is moving downwards day by day anyways. I'm pretty sure there must be some quality players in Australian domestic cricket who deserve place in national squad rather than these pathetic current players.

    No choice other than Ponting atleast for a year as a skipper though.

  • POSTED BY Jaggadaaku on | October 16, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    " I am still the best choice as a captain - Ponting" this over pride and over confidence of himself could carry down Australia at the bottom. This is the man who never learn. This is the man who always speaks non-sense before every series starts. You praised Johnson and Hilfenhaus saying they provided very good bowling in this series. No, Mr. Ponting, only Johnson bowled very good in this series, but we know why you also added Hilfy's name in good Ausies bowlers territory. We know why he could get a chance in National Team of Australia despite many better bowlers still sitting on the bench such as Simon Tait, S. Clark, P. Siddle, RJ Harris and may be more. Because Hilfy is your cousin. What did he do great in this series or this last Test match? He got Sehwag's wicket, but anyone could get Sehwag's wicket because Sehwas was going after every ball of every over. So, put control on your speaking otherwise your mouth will be sewed forever by getting defeated of next all series. No more

  • POSTED BY kang-a-roo on | October 16, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    There's no point in criticizing Punter for the 2-0 deficit. He did everything he could to win at Mohali but VVS prevented him from snatching a memorable victory. As far as using the part-timers is concerned, I think Ponting could have used Clarke keeping in mind his record against India in crucial stages of the match(6-9 at Mumbai & 3 quick tail wickets at Sydney). At present, middle order is the biggest point of concern for Ponting. The opening pair of Watson & Katich are having a dream run. But the likes of Hussey, North, Clarke and Ponting himself are not producing runs proportional to their stature. Hussey has a lot left in him and I'm sure that he would be itching to get some good runs in domestics now. Would-be-captain Clarke is going through the worst phase of his career till now and has a lot of pressure on him. It would be good to see him get some runs in the ODI series to bring back his confidence. All the best Pup for the ODIs.

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    @Boidji awesome comments :P

  • POSTED BY ravi_hari on | October 15, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    From Australia's point of view this was a series which they should not have palyed at all. This is certainly not the right preparation for Ashes. In the past decade Australia has won a series in India only once and Ponting has a dubious record here. Having come here, Ponting should have brought the right players for the battle. I dont think it was a good idea to have Hauritz as their spinner. Off spinners ahve rarely been successful in India. Left arm spinners are the one who succeeded. Instead Australia should have opted for a medium pace all rounder. Secondly, it is surprising witht he way Ponting has used his part time bowlers. He did not use Clarke in the first test and did not use North at the right times in the second test. His field placements all through the series have been far from the required. An aggressive captain would not use such fields.Blame it on Ponting the captain fro the debacle. Hari Ravi

  • POSTED BY nani_cool21 on | October 15, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    Hey ponting is very good cricketer and also one of contemporary greats.He is in transition period.It quite normal for team when they lost players like glen ,Gilly,Haydos .But get symonds back into u r team.Thats only the way u can strengthen u r team.Ponting some home going in bad patch as a captain and as a batsman.Get symo and haddin back into the team.

  • POSTED BY Jaggadaaku on | October 15, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    @ Ranga Samarawickrama, You must know why India refused to accept URDS. Because when India came in your Sri Lanka around 2 years ago, India and your Sri Lanka both accepted URDS. And in that series, when Indian batsmen were clearly seeing notout on the screen and they used their challenge to the third umpire, your third umpire gave them out. So, since then India learned that if we have URDS or not, the third umpire is doing whatever he wants. When there was doubt in the decision in that series, your third umpire gave all Indian batsmen out while in Cricket, always benefit of doubt goes to batsmen. Refusing URDS by India in this series cost both of the teams. If India would have accept URDS, India could have won the first test in only 4 days. And in 2nd test, both teams suffered equally. I know your buttock is burning because India whitewashed Australia, and your Sri Lanka haven't done yet and never could do it in million years now.

  • POSTED BY Jaggadaaku on | October 15, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    @ anurag70, You are right, Bangladesh beat New Zealand, that doesn't mean Bangladesh is better than New Zealand. But today if Bangladesh is upper level on ICC table than New Zealand and then they would beat New Zealand, they obviously would become better than New Zealand. And that happened in here. India is on the top and Australia is on the 4th or 5th, and India beat Australia, so India obviously became a lot better than Australia. So, give all the credit to Indian team including captain who did not make any half century in this series, and dropped few catches but his all decision during the match rather comparing them with other teams. India did not become the No. 1 in Test Cricket in just few moments, but they beat nearly every team in this last 2 years. Some of the teams were beaten by India in their own country. So, please don't compare Indian victory over Australia with Bangladeshies victory over New Zealand. It shows your foolishness and childish mind.

  • POSTED BY pom_basher on | October 15, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    Have never seen a losing team, who is 5th in rankings, get so much press!!!

  • POSTED BY rkannancrown on | October 15, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    Ponting's batting form is also debatable. He is suspect to the incoming ball especially at the start of the innings. The absence of UDRS enabled him to get away at bangalore but with cricket moving in the direction of UDRS, Ponting's scoring ability is also going to be put to test. The decline started after the 2008 Sydney test which Bucknor & Benson won for Australia. The aftermath of the test resulted in umpires no longer ensuring Australian victories and this is the real explanation for their decline. Warne is the easily the spinner with a huge number of debatable LBW decisions and if this is factored, then Australian dominance becomes a myth. Navjeet commented on crowd booing Ponting but i believe it is well deserved because he has been one of cricket's worst example when it came to behaviour. Navjeet only needs to rewind to Sydney in 2008 where Ponting & Clarke were appealing for catches on second bounce.

  • POSTED BY Hagemaru_Hageda on | October 15, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    I wonder why Ian Chappel taking it on Michael Clarke. Its just like he don't wanna criticize Ricky, he's finding an alternative. Clarke's graph is moving downwards day by day anyways. I'm pretty sure there must be some quality players in Australian domestic cricket who deserve place in national squad rather than these pathetic current players.

    No choice other than Ponting atleast for a year as a skipper though.

  • POSTED BY mayankonthemove on | October 15, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    Reading some of the comments made me wonder that life is such a great leveler. Do you guys remember Ponting's gestures at Sydney in 2008 that they won because of Buckner. Now he is finding places in whole world to hide his face. More than anything else this time does teaches Punter a lesson of a lifetime. Before becoming a good cricketer try to become a gentleman first. Win and loss are part of game. Remember Ponting and Cos. arrogant attitude in the middle of the last decade. Especially how they misbehaved with Sharad Pawar at Mumbai in 2006 champion's trophy final!! Dude this world is a harsh place. Once your time takes a turn you wont find much places in world to hide. As far as umpiring is concerned to sum up, Shivnarine Chanderpaul once said in an casual interview that if we can get even 50 % of the dicey decisions in our favor, The Aussies are not that invincible as they look!! :)

  • POSTED BY piecricket on | October 15, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    How is it the all you Indians think about is your team. Remember that it takes two teams to play a game of cricket. The Indian team has gone through many captains including 'GOD' Tendulkar. Obviously none of you are as good as Ricky so why criticize him.

  • POSTED BY yzagee on | October 15, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    @ AsherCA - Ponting is the 2nd in the list of highest run getter in tests. That's alone speaks about his quality as a batsman. Aussies are now an ordinary team and the whole world can beat them. But, they were the number 1 team for a very long team. And, please don't expect the same kind of performance against England on home soil. England definitely have an edge but I'm sure it's gonna be an exciting series.

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 2:52 GMT

    @ SIVA-TATTU, Sure, prove it within next 2 years or else you will be at bottom of table once sachin, Dravid and laxman retires. Your bowling lineup is pathetic to say the least. It was some of bad umpiring that cost Aus dearly. If you are so fearless why don't you implement UDRS. Because you can't adopt to it. You were pathetic in implementing UDRS against SL in 2008.

  • POSTED BY Hammond on | October 15, 2010, 1:16 GMT

    Bit late Punter to become human and find humility when you see the writing on the wall. Better off if you had been a gracious winner when you were wiping the floor with the opposition. Bit late mate now to act like the sportsman you aren't. Reap the whirlwind Ricky. England 5-0.

  • POSTED BY evenflow_1990 on | October 15, 2010, 0:26 GMT

    india played quite well in this series and deserved to take it. but i think india would have difficulty replicating this outcome in australia because their bowling won't pull it off in australia. australia can take 20 tickets in a match anywhere, and i expect them to get back into the top 3 pretty soon. australia needs to sort out its batting - actually, ponting needs to get some hundreds. everyone else will bat around him, like india's test batting revolves around tendulkar these days. [i'm lankan btw, not aussie]

  • POSTED BY aussieump10 on | October 14, 2010, 23:27 GMT

    I must admit I have been callling for Ponting's head for a few years now but I tend to believe now that he is the best person for the job, Clark is out of form currently and could do without the pressue and scrutiny, Katich is the only real alternative but a short term fix wont do. I now think the problem is the coaches and selectors, Ponting seems to be driving both of these groups and that is the issue. Tim Neilsen has to go, surely after the outstanding success of the mens hockey team CA should approach their coach Rick Charlesworth a former opener for WA to take over. He would demand more and not continually make excuses. Can't do worse than Nielsen and wouldn't have the bias he does. The selectors are the other problem, Ponting has been saying all along the team lacks consistency, da, they keep picking inconsistent players North, Hussey and Hauritz have to go, if they are gonna be inconsistent at least do it with young players who will improve not old jokes going backwards.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | October 14, 2010, 21:46 GMT

    How many test series does Australia have to lose before the selectors wake up to the fact that Ponting isn't a very good captain? Sure, he won when he had Hayden, Langer, Gilchrist, Warne, McGrath and Lee (oops, wait a minute, he managed to lose in 2005 even with them), but with an ordinary team it has become pretty obvious that he can't lift the side when things aren't going well. He's unimaginative and indecisive and hasn't built unity in the way that Strauss has done with the England side or Dhoni withn the Indians. England are coming into a period where they have lots of good young players and the cupboard looks pretty bare for the Australians. Ponting, Katich and Hussey are all 35, only Hilfenhaus looks a consistently good bowler and there aren't that many prospects. Time for a new broom for the Aussies; they need to start rebuilding, starting with the captaincy.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 20:47 GMT

    Good tijme now to drop Michael Clarke. Is he really the next captain of OZ? Bring in George Bailey, bat him at 4, make him vice-captain. Plan for the future. Swap Hauritz with Smith, consider the person to replace Mike Hussey. After the Ashes, Ponting can play as batsman only for a year or so. Bailey gets some leadershio experience............we move on. How hard is it?

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    well ICC test ranking system started in 2003. Why all these unrest here. Whoever can come to number 1, its not becoming 1 is important, its to stay 1 for about 5 years to become undisputed champions, like windies of 80s and Aussies of late 90s and until 2007. wake up guys, lets have a cracker in ODI series rather spoiling nerves about 1,2,3,4

  • POSTED BY Mahdi_E-Dra_Gujranwali on | October 14, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    Punter is lucky that the match fixing scandal broke out or else his team would have been sent to our Pakistan in a hurriedly arranged series just to spite the BCCI. Since we control the Lashkar and other tanzeems we could have assured 400% fool proof security.

  • POSTED BY navjeet123 on | October 14, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    What's with SL fans trying to prove that the Indian team doesnt deserve no1, being cheaters,et al?grow up guys..learn to appreciate other's sucess.Sanga's undoubtedly an amazing player, but has a jumbo-sized ego!And Ricky buddy, dont look so dejected, we have come to admire and respect the fearless and ruthless brand of cricket u 've played over the years.So put this series behind you n grind the poms to dust!And as an educated and proud Indian, I am taking the liberty to speak on behalf of my more mature and civilised brothers who I am sure would join me in offering profound apologies for the B'lore crowd booing u at the presentation ceremony.Trust me, a majority of the people here have developed a lot of respect for ur cultured on/off field demeanour and accepting defeat graciously n what's more..owing up moral responsibility though u gave it ur best shot n were simply let down by ur colleagues.So cheer up n show us the Ricky of old..go get them tiger!!

  • POSTED BY AsherCA on | October 14, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    To me, Ponting is just an over-rated Hooligan. His only 100 in India was thanks to an ICC Umpire giving him a clear 2nd batting at Chennai (REFUSED TO CONSULT 3RD UMPIRE ON A BORDERLINE RUNOUT).

    Australia's real standard as a cricket team is visible to the world after Sydney 2008 (Australia's strategic weapon - well timed "Human Errors" from umpires has become less blatant) - the whole world can now beat them, we will just watch what England does.

  • POSTED BY Green_and_Gold on | October 14, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    @ Sachintha Saputhanthri - Why make those remarks, they add no value to the comments and just shows a lack of intelligence. Im an Aussie and just admit that we were outplayed by India. Well done to them and esp Tendulkar for the batting performance. Look forward to a rematch cause it was a good series to watch.

  • POSTED BY anur8g on | October 14, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    @Sachintha Saputhanthri Hi friend, i am completely agree with you...Bangladesh also beat NZ in OI serie.... that doesn't mean that bangladesh is better than NZ.

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | October 14, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    "Almost the bottom of the table clash"??? Between teams ranked 4th and 5th out of 10 full members? Mid-table, maybe. Bottom of the table is a tad exaggerated perhaps. Or maybe India should only ever play the side currently ranked 2nd in the ICC table??? :-D

  • POSTED BY yzagee on | October 14, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    Though Aussies lost the series 0-2, they were close to winning in the first and were not entirely bad in the 2nd. They were playing the No.1 test team and the performance was not that bad. It could easily have been a drawn series and I wish it were. Punter could have easily scored a couple of good centuries with the starts he got. But, with the lack of consistency from the other batsman he was under a lot of pressure and yet this is a good performance on Indian soil for him personally. The way he transformed over the past year is heartening. I am sure he won a lot of Indian hearts this time around. And last but not the least, Well done India! and Well done Sachin!

  • POSTED BY world.peace on | October 14, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    I don't understand how australia is at top in ODI. it's obvious that they are complete cheaters. In fact every other team is better than india.

  • POSTED BY David47 on | October 14, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    India played very well and deserve to win the series and their number 1 status. @chiller38 - agree with you 100%. @ Ausassinator - give it away matey - you've got no idea and have obviously never played the game at any sort of competative level, and your knowledge of cricket in general is .... well, we all know.

  • POSTED BY sbbioman74 on | October 14, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    @ Ranga Samarawickrama: when did your team win in ind, aus, and SA? then how come you are at 3? hmmm! there is an aesop's fable for this: our own bad things and failures are kept inside a bag hung on our own back (can't see own faults), whereas, criticism for others are kept in a bag hanging over the chest (ready to criticize others)! FIRST OF ALL: let alone test series, how many away tests have srilanka won in recent past or past? that's not the case with india! aus definitely does not deserve 5th ranking. they are a far better better allround team than yours! now murali is not there! so, winning in your country will be difficult! and first win a test match on a bouncy or swinging wicket then talk about a test series win! you guys even can't win in india (similar conditions like you). let go the flat decks and you are a certainty for a roller coaster ride with failure waiting for you at the end of the tunnel.

  • POSTED BY TATTUs on | October 14, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    @Ranga

    India has won 4 and lost 6 in Sri Lanka which is not bad at all!

    But SL? No test win in Aus, India, SA, let alone series wins! And you are number 3. Which is your next series? Against WI.You have played Bangladesh the most that any other team! That explains it. When was the last time you won a series away[except of course Bangla and ZIM] ?

    But India beat NZ in NZ, WI in WI , ENG in ENG , PAK in PAK ....only place where we have not won series is SA and AUS! We have to prove that in next 2 years.

  • POSTED BY iamgroot on | October 14, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    India beat SL in SL in the last test match against a strong srilankan attack..when sri lanka was leading the series 1-0 ..Sri lanka couldnt win series because India played better cricket and finally drawn the series 1-1 ..

    When did SL win a test match abroad? SL was wiped out 2-0 In india not too long ago ..

    In Australia.. India drawn the series 1-1 in 2003 /2004,,, and after due to poor umpiring .. and that infamous sydney test match.. where umpires were on the Australian side..otherwise India could have won the series under Kumble ..

    So just wait and watch for both Australia an SA series coming up.. that will prove every thing and give critics a befitting reply....

    SL cant win a single test match abroad .. forget abroad ..even at home they couldnt win against weakend Indian side.. So SL dont deserve to be no.3 at all..

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    Aussies would win the Ashes comfortably... Tey are shattered,Distraught and crestfallen... and if there is a team which can strike back its the Aussies and it's good that they faced the loss before the Ashes... They know there depths now and would be more aware... Personally i would like to see Aussie winning the Ashes...

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | October 14, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    Yes, Australia competed in both Tests and scored nearly 500 in the first innings of both, which makes it even more alarming that both were lost after second innings collapses. Similarly, the batting wilted in their previous Test against Pakistan. While India are deservedly #1 in the ICC rankings, Pakistan are a distant - very distant - #6. Neither Test against India looked like producing a result half way through the 4th day. Australia can point to the fact that they had India on the ropes in the 5th Test, but even then their opponents wriggled away and won the match from a seemingly hopeless position, si it's hard to see how that can be taken as a positive. Any other side and you would be talking about a deep crisis: Australia apparently see this as a cunning plan to lull England into a false sense of security.

  • POSTED BY Boidji on | October 14, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    Ponting's batting has been wonderful for many years - though coming slightly off dizzying peaks, he's the best bat we've had since..... His captaincy has been a wonder as well - as in, I wonder why he doesn't like slips? I wonder why there are no fielders in catching positions? I wonder why he is bowling the part-timer? And I wonder why he agrees with the selectors to persist with aging batsmen, serviceable but pedestrian bowlers? We wonder, most of all, why Ricky and Andrew Hilditch think everyone is going to plan, we wonder how they think this is a rebuilding period? With an average age approaching 30, what is the point of sliding down the rankings, keeping old players and not blooding new future champions? It defies all logic.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | October 14, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    @popcorn. Your cricketing knowledge is pathetic.

  • POSTED BY Bollo on | October 14, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    Great series, as usual, between Aus/Ind. Like everyone else, disappointed it wasn`t 3 or 5 tests. Hats off to India though, just a little bit better when it mattered. re.Ashes, forgive me for being a sceptic, but the Poms haven`t won a live Ashes test in Aus for 25years - a quarter of a bloody century! There`s always plenty of chat before a tour (strongest English side since blah blah), but I`ll believe it when I see it. Can`t wait.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    Ponting has been a pleasure to test cricket.I don't know how did MS Dhoni won the role of test xi s' captain.Ponting is significantly better than him.Also,only India win tests in their own country.When they come out of their backyard,they're sheep.And Aussie selectors overlooked Peter Siddle and Mitch Starc.

  • POSTED BY TheGecko on | October 14, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    Mr Popcorn, or whatever else your name is, you should first look over the stats before making such ridiculous comments. How can you say that India has "never" won a series abroad? India have won series in England, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies(in 2006 and also in 1970-71, when WI were in their prime), New Zealand and obviously in Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Hope your eyes pop when you verify the facts here: http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/content/records/335431.html

  • POSTED BY RAVI_BOPARA on | October 14, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    PONTING SHOULD BE SACKED AS CAPTAIN, HAURITZ IS THE WORLDS WORST SPINNER, EVEN MARCUS NORTH IS BETTER THAN HIM. THE ASHES WILL BE WON BY ENGLAND. THE DOWNFALL OF AUSTRALIA CRICKET WILL CONTINUE WHEN ENGLAND WILL WIN THE ASHES DOWN UNDER. SACK PONTING NOW BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!!!

  • POSTED BY gmathew on | October 14, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    The oen thing with Ponting is he refuses to accept defeat even when he has been flattened. Haviing lost 2 nil, he is trying to gloss it over saying they nearly won, that it will have no bearing on the Ashes (knowing fully well that winning is a good mood to have to go into the Ashes/or any match). Some of the greatest minds in the world accept defeat. Its the best way to put it behind you and move on. Be open. Tell your spinners-it does not work in India. Accept you did not lay on Bret Lee on the fastest bowler on the face of the earth, who could have done wonders. Accept all Mitchell Johnson can do is bowl more wides just as fast as he takes wickets. Acceptt you may have had wrong field placings. If Huaritz asked for those placements probably he was wrong, Shane is right-YOU should have set the feild. Shane is the best spinner there is mate and he has spoken like a hurt Aussie. You are trying score points against all-the press, India, Australia and even yourselves. Wake up mate!

  • POSTED BY first_slip on | October 14, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    Here we go again, Indian Blasting Sangakkara & Sri lanken team, it's a habit of all Indian cricket fans (oh sorry can we call them cricket fans? I wounder?), oh & i forgotten to tell the habit , the habit is blame The Team or Player better than their's, which in this case Sri lanka, Before that Australia. talking about sportsmanship, whole world know the Sportsmanship of Indian Cricket Players , they never walk Untill umpire give them out even when bowl hit the stumps, Gambier, Sachin,Raina,Kholi r prime examples.

  • POSTED BY namab on | October 14, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    I understand Mr F's frustration to see SL rattling the top party and perfectly understand financially it's the right teams to be in a top four competition to ICC as well. The rules are not set by SL and at times some of the rules have gone against them while some have gone in favour. But to be fair onSL they had a prety good run in Test cricket in the past three to four years but to see them only played low 20 s vs high 30's in the top four (financially) seem to suggest the system may or may not have done justis to SL or perhaps to the others. Any way the news on ICC introducing a test league where easch test playinng nations will get an equal number of matches might bring an answer to this whole dispute... till then I'll accept SL to be number 2 or three and for the others who are not at top four (Aus & England) will have to wait a bit more...

  • POSTED BY iamgroot on | October 14, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    Under Dhoni captaincy- India has won 4 matches.. against Aus 2-0 in 2008 out of 4 matches..2 were draws..and dhoni had a role to play that time with his patnership with bhajji and zaheer in that series.. and again in 2010 India won 2-0 in 2 match series.he has batted at no.7 after legends and greats like Sachin,Sehwag, Dravid, Laxman, 4 main pillars of Indian batting..and Sachin has been in sublime form ever since ganguly retired.. ..In Srilanka.. Under Dhoni India level series against strong srilankan side.. In NZ under Dhoni India won series 1-0 (he contributed with bat and also as captain he was fantastic) Between Ponting and Dhoni.. Ponting has 4 losses where as Dhoni has 4 wins..so that speaks volumes of who the better captain is..obvlously Dhoni.. WE ARE YET TO GO TO AUSTRALIA AND SA under dhoni captaincy..so we will see what happens.. and I am confident this Indian team is safe and well served by cool and great captain dhoni..

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | October 14, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    i think ponting is past his sell buy date. going to india to win a test match.win the toss and bat and score 400 +. in both test thats what he did and still he lost. he was a good captain when he had mcgrath and warne ( who would not ). he will win the ashes and he will be all thats good. he lost 2 indian series and 2 ashes. that should have got him removed. the skipper of the aussie 20/20 world cup was found wanting . but the cupboard is bare. dpk

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | October 14, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    @popcorn It is not U who ranks teams It is the ICC that ranks the teams.... Dhoni a great tactician has won it for india. SA or any other claiming to be NO 1 have to beat India in India to be truly NO 1 or else on present points India is way ahead of others. No team has been able to beat india in india much lke it was with Aus few years back.

  • POSTED BY Samdanh on | October 14, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    India has done well and they were expected t, being the no.1 team. Further they have played most of the last 10-20 Tests either in India, Bangladesh or Srilanka which every one has to keep in perspective. Ponting is right in assessing that batting lapses cost them the series. The bowlers, especially the fast men have done phenomenally well given the strengths of India top order in Indian conditions. This assessment will perhaps help Aus to focus on mending in the right areas. The exodus of match winners like Hayden, Langer, Gilchrist, Symonds, Martyn and Glenn and Warne-all during a 2 year period is costing Aus highly. They need two attacking batsmen in the order. I would recommend Philip Hughes, David Warner and Callum Ferguson to move into Test team sooner than later. Bolwing stokcs look good enough. It is batting that Aus will have to beef up. One very good aspect of Ponting and Aus is that they assess their failures right, give credit and respect to opposition when Aus lose.

  • POSTED BY DINESHCC on | October 14, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    I agree with himanshdfreak. India as you all know is having one of the weakest bowling links in the world. Despite this, India is winning test matches because of the batsmen. The deadly spell of Jagaval Srinath at Ahmedabad in 1996 against SA, Ajit Agarkar at Adelaide in 2003-04 and Bhajji's performances during 2001-02 tour of Oz are only a few test matches that has won by bowlers and the remaining tests are won by batsmen only. After the retirement of Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, the miiddle order slot cannot be filled up in one stroke. The likes of Vijay, Pujara, Raina, Badri and Rahane will not cope up with the situation of swinging / bowling pitches at England, SA and Oz. In the 3rd test at SL and the Mohali Test with Oz, only VVS, Sachin and Dravid can play fluently on the deteriorated fifth day track. In one Bangalore match that too in a batting conditions, we can't judge the ability of Vijay, Pujara and Raina. We have to wait and see how they perform in the coming tour of SA.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    @ Pushkar Singh Do not think too high man. When did you last beat SL in SL? When did you last beat Aus or SA in their territory?

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    ponting actually played well. his fighting knock in the second innings in bangalore just shows his determination. hope he will get more runs in ashes.. all the best ricky...

  • POSTED BY 3rd_man on | October 14, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    My friend Pushkar Singh . Dont look at only rankings and wonder. Sri Lanka came there due to good performances during last year or two. even Bangladesh can become No 1 if they start playing good consistence cricket. so don t write put these kind of comments and try to appreciate , what Sri lanka achieved only playing the game for past 25 or so years. Remember SL team got players like Sangakkara (ICC No1 Test batsmen at the moment), Mahela , Dilshan and Murali(Highest test wicket taker). All these guys did very well past year or so contributed for their success. Ok, they played most of those games at home, but its not their fault. they want to go Australia , South Africa or England to play more test cricket and do well,but they don't get that opportunity like other big named countries. hopefully these rankings help them to achieve that!

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    maybe if Australia and England stopped looking at every match they play as practice for an impending Ashes series (1-23 months away), and concentrated more on beating teams ranked above them...they might be higher up in the table. The Ashes is now almost the bottom of the table clash...BORING!!!

  • POSTED BY smudgeon on | October 14, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    I think if Ponting were relieved of the captaincy, he might even find some of that old form. But then, who of the current lot have the brains, experience and mongrel-spirit to take on the job? Seriously, I wouldn't put money on any of the alternatives to lead their team out of a paper bag - not even Clarke, who'll probably inherit the role anyway. Stick with Ponting I say, but the selectors need to seriously look at who can take over and start working on them now. God I miss Steve Waugh/Alan Border some times...

  • POSTED BY 68704 on | October 14, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    In defence of ponting Australia ran India close for nine days, till the last day of the Bangalore test when Pujara and Sachin made it look all too easy. I think Ponting batted really well and laid to rest the ghosts of his being Harbhajan's bunny. By far Ponting played much better than he has ever done in India. Sadly much was expected of Clarke who batted quite badly and if I may add irresponsibly being out to both pace and spin. Australia"s positives would be Watson, Bollinger, Hilfenhaus and Paine. Surely Paine must be ahead of Haddin! While Hauritz lost his nerve, we need to remember that Indians play spin easily and can have bowlers like him for breakfast. He is a shade better than a Ranji trophy bowler. Australia did not plan for the Ashes. They must have played Hughes ahead of North and tried out Steven Smith. Ponting can hold his head high as a batsman and as a leader. He made no excuses and that is something that others can learn from him. The ashes will be close. sridhar

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    its great result as far as india is considered and sachin is at the peak of world cricket surpassing don.aussies shold stop boasting now &concentrate on playing cricket as everything is not lost for them when they face poor english team which was battered by pak under such controversial conditions and also home conditions favouring eng so i guess aussies will beat eng 5/0 all the best

  • POSTED BY Ooops on | October 14, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    Why after Ashes always dear, Indians smoked.............

  • POSTED BY howizzat on | October 14, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    Watson, Katich, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, North.. is not at all a weak line up. It could have matched the counterparts. But as Ponting rightly pointed out its he who should have batted longer. As a number 3 batsman, after establishing himself with the fifties and seventies he should have prodded further. Afterall its the in-form batsman's duty to carry on which Sachin did to the perfection. One cannot blame out of form players for that. But at the same time one should agree Indian bowling attack was much much improved one and for once it looked like match winning one. Anyway I admire Ricky's frankness.

  • POSTED BY krishstarofcricinfo on | October 14, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    Dont worry Ponting.There is no point in worrying.Your Team also played well.Prepare well for Ashes. All the Best..........JAI HIND

  • POSTED BY iplchamp11 on | October 14, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    Now after the series ended, few things are Crystal- clear (1)Its the end of Mr. Cricket, Mike Hussey He is soon going to lost his place from the side.He is no more a cricketer he was .Its time to say good bye to him (2)Today Australlia no more a contender for World Champion statutes in tests. They have lost it.Even they are not up for first 3 places in world cricket.(3) Still most Australlians don't know how to play quality swing and spin bowling (4) England is going to beat them in their backyard this time , may be by 3-1.(5) And Last but not the least Tendulkar is the best batsman of world cricket today also after playing almost 21 years of international cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    I don't understand how india is at top. it's obvious that they are complete cheaters. In fact every other team is better than india.

  • POSTED BY AB99 on | October 14, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    some fo the comments like loosing three matches in a row now we need to win some, etc coming from an aussie captain makes great reading ... the more ponting remains captain of australia the better for the rest of the cricket world as his team cannot come tops ... man this captain is lost and has no hope for success ... I think that if he wins the ashes that wud be a miracle

  • POSTED BY srini1088 on | October 14, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    India not doin well abroad???don kid me...indian have won their recent test series in NZ,WI,in their last two tours to england one was won by india and one was drawn,No other side has been as consistent in Australia as India has been ...out of their last two series one was drawn,and their recent trip they mite have lost the series but they won a match in perth and who know if the sydney match had gone the other way,india mite well have won that too...only place where they are yet to stam their authority is SA...and tat ll happen soon....

  • POSTED BY sriramsv81 on | October 14, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    Have to agree with cric-procrastinator. I don't like Sangakara either. Entire SriLankan team is unsporting. Especially in the way they appeal for wickets. Like they order the umpire to give it out or else they react in total aghast.

    I also think the Aussies will win the Ashes. The England batting is very weak.

    All this talk of Dale steyn being a threat in SA. But after him and Morkel who have they got in pace or spin. Kallis is okay. I mean SA is not a great team by any stretch.They got 2 good bowlers and then one decent bowler in kallis.

  • POSTED BY CricketIndiaFanatic on | October 14, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    @insightfulcricketer - How nice you talk about Ponting's batting even in his team's loss. All I have to say is that all Tendulkar's detractors should note this. Tendulkar has spent first 15 years of his career with a team like present Australian team. How can you then question Tendulkar's contribution in a winning cause vis a vis Ponting's in Australian win who has enjoyed one of the best teams of all era most of his career? Winning depends on team effort and as regards to batting it should not be dependent on parameters like win or loss. I still think that Tendulkar is the best batsman among his contemporaries and please appreciate his batting.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    India has all the reasons to celebrate a 2-0 series whitewash on Australia, being their first after a long 78 year haul. For Australia, it is a matter of worry that they last so badly overseas since they are not used to continuous losing streak in their momentous test cricketing history. Don't forget, this Australian team is the same that won 13 consecutive test matches before losing out to India under Steve Waugh. Sure Australian team is not as omnipotent as it was with its past heroes (Waugh, Mcgrath, Gilchrist, Hayden, Langer, et all), so nor do India will be in next four years when we will see today'victors(Laxman, Dravid, Zaheer & yes definitely Tendulkar) hanging up the boots eventually. Life does come full circle for everyone whether it is Australia, West Indies or India. Australia is going through that same painful process of re-innovation and will reach its optimal potential when it finds the next Warnie , Gilli & Haydos.

  • POSTED BY ABP235 on | October 14, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    The aggressive cricketer he is, I appreciate his submission that his 70's are not good enough. I just wonder, how Michael Clarke must be feeling with that statement, with highest score not crossing 15. India hasthe problem of plenty. The successors are on the scene, but the seniors are not ready to leave! They have pitched their tents very firmly on the ground - impossible to dislodge any of them.

  • POSTED BY redneck on | October 14, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    well done to india, they played better in the sessions that mattered most! and pujara looks like someone to carry them into the future. but australia have to be the best no. 5 side ever in cricket! a series draw against pakistan, series losses to india and england away and south africa at home is enough to push us 5th???? crazy a team that has 1 solitary test victory against us and that coming in the 90's can be 3rd? england have a series draw in new zealand and a loss in the west indies to go with losses in india and aus and a draw in south africa. actually how the hell are we 5th? weve still got more wins in the bank than those poms and sri lankans!?

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    I don't think the death knell needs to be sounded for anyone in the team. Because , in home conditions , against a team that's far weaker than India in all departments , Australia will flourish and probably win. Anyway , what's with the deal of using all series as a preparation for Ashes , that would be cool if these were the two best teams around. I'm not trying to scoff at tradition ... but from a purely cricketing perspective ,series against India and South Africa are more important.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    Except Australia, South Africa, England or India did not won a test series in Sri Lanka Recently. Sri Lanka not traveled to South Africa for tests after 2002 ? amazing !!! Australia given only 2 matches. The Second test in Hobart Sri Lanka nearly came to win the match but due to umpire's wrong decision it has gone in vain. Sangakkara played a gem of inning.

  • POSTED BY harry514 on | October 14, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    Oh ..poor ponting not using ur resources fully. tactics are too defensive.always thinking about slow over rate ? hmmm...now u r heading towards the english whose coach is andy flower the one who outplayed the spin legendaries from india...better bring jason crejza...ponting is right 5-0 can be possible but that s from english side...they will be going to get the urn...guys just imagine if aus loses it with 0-5 what will be their rank... in test cricket...soon aus will slip from fifth . expecting aus will become second west indies in cricket....

  • POSTED BY tough_cool on | October 14, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    I guess its Ponting who's paying the price for all the sledging and on-field misbehavior thats become such a part of oz playing style in their years of utter dominance, quite simply now oz got to win matches sans misbehavior -- esp against India in India, and now that they have already embarked on this path and it is for them to set an example by once again becoming the powerful force they were and come back to winning ways and may be sometime beat India in India. oz can learn quite a lot from SA players in this regard who just seem to mind their own business whether they are on an away tour or at home. And remember its the SA who beat India in India so convincingly in '99 and they were close to doing that again on another two occasions. Quite truly its not such a great sight to see punter so dejected but then he has invited this upon himself with his wild and illustrious celebrations after that Sydney test, and little he may have realized that he could be at the receiving end one day.

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | October 14, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Australia need to utilise reverse swing. In my opinion, the key difference between the two teams was that India used the reverse swing better than the Aussies. I am confused by this since last year against the West Indies they used the reverse swing more...

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    if Sri Lanka play regularly with top teams, home N away series i will tell you in 2012 they are No. 1 team. Sri Lanka have all the ingredients to become No. 1 team in the near future. considering the short period, no one has gain what Sri Lanka had achieved after gaining test status.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    As a fun we can say there is some percentage of luck between the two captains. Aussie won one series in India during captaincy, but he was out of the matches due to injury. Gilly lead the team and won. But in other hand MS keeping a habit of winning the matches in all the three formats despite he is losing many important tosses.

    But the real reason is un doubtably the presence of legends in the Indian team comparing to aussies. India might face the same situation in near futur if they fail to find good replacements for the four oldies , sachin, dravid, laxman and Zaheer.

  • POSTED BY talktohari2002 on | October 14, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    Think about ponting captaining India & Dhoni captaining Aus for at least 1 year...Dhoni will be out of the team within 3 or 4 matches for his lackluster batting & keeping. India won this series only because of the great indian batting lineup stood strong for his blunders. Lets see what he does with the jadejas & rohits in the ODIs and how he performs against the Aussies.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Baseball on | October 14, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    Yes as many have posted,thoughts on ponting has changed among indians.He has been humble willing to perform 4 the team,trying to lift the team motivate his mates,which sadly didnt happen....Well truly ponting has transformed ,may be inspired by sachin.. Has been outspoken throuhout the series.He hasnt earned a victory here but has earned something even more important-respect and love among the most passionate indian people.....

  • POSTED BY Kam24 on | October 14, 2010, 6:00 GMT

    Gosh!!!! This is so exciting.... Four teams who are pretty much even !!! :). I honestly think that Australia will still beat England in the Ashes. Its a very different thing playing in Australian conditions. You need atleast 2 really quick bowler something similiar to steyn and morkel when South Africa won in 2008 and you need a good spinner (either defensive or attacking). I think England will rely heavy on Swann but Broad will have to hit the deck hard and try and seam the balll to be effective. James anderson will be useless without the duke ball and the cloudly skies and steve finn (come now... getting wickets against the pakistanis doesn't make you a good bowler - they were probably giving their wickets away , literally to the highest bidder). Lastly you need a fifth bowler in Australia ... for me it is a must ... We had Kallis in 2008 which relieved pressure on Ntini, Steyn and Morkel. Australia will win 2-1

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    Ponting has big problems ahead of ashes there are batting worries there are bowling worries he really is gonna have headaches this ashes at home i think england will retain ashes in upcoming series this is best chance for england to beat Australia in Australia since 1986-87.I

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    I don't understand how Sri Lanka are at No. 3...In my opinion the best 4 teams are India, South Africa, England and Australia. And if include Pakistan at their best widout fixing and all that, they are as good as any of these 4 teams.

  • POSTED BY indianzen on | October 14, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    Poor captaincy... Sack him out as a captain I say... No wonder Zaheer sledged him... bye bye Aussies.. I am sure that Brits will have the URN this time...

  • POSTED BY insightfulcricketer on | October 14, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    I think Ponting knock in the second innings in Bangalore was a lesson on how to play spin bowling. Decisive footwork and balance of both feet. Sadly it was the lack of it against the reverse swinging delivery otherwise the eventual test result would have been very different. I was one of the sceptics of Ponting since he had never performed in India.But having watched the last two tests I am transformed .No big hundred but given the captaincy pressure and lack of prime form one can understand the tremendous pressure on Ponting.When Ponting will inevitably hangs his boots the game will be much poorer. My best wishes to Aussie team for Ashes.

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | October 14, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    @navjeet123. Dhoni's performance as captain is a gigantic contribution, far ahead of Ponting's all time contribution. Dhoni thinks for the team and hence is a great and natural leader of men. He has filled in the biggest gap in the Indian team, whereas Ponting IS the gap for Australia. Today Dhoni will captain a World XI automatically while Ponting will not even have a place in it as the 12th man.

  • POSTED BY Jaggadaaku on | October 14, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    I am a hardcore fan of Indian team, but my all sympathy to Ricky ponting rather I should be happy to see his sad face. At this point, I already forgot he is a real bully speaking all the non-sense before every series starts. He also said several weeks ago that 5-0 win is possible in this coming Ashes series. And that issue was very controversial on cricinfo.com. Well, Mr. Ponting, don't just speak before the result comes. And your some boys declared before this India series started that they would bowl plenty of short balls to all Indian batsmen and destroy the top order. I watched on the TV that you give regular instructions to your bowler to bowl bouncer when Murali Vijay was on 99* and also Sachin was on 199*. Your bowler-P. George constantly bowled many bouncers when Murali was on 99*, but nothing could stop Murali nor Sachin. And you guys lost respect from your the fans. I am sure, with this kind of habit your team never gonna win, nor nominate the "Spirit of Cricket Team" award.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 4:00 GMT

    2 points that I have to make...

    India is looking great at the moment..but when was the last time they beat South Africa in South Africa or Australia in Australia. The likes of Pujara, Raina and M. Vijay will be tested in those conditions with those attacks. Its all good pounding Hauritz down the ground on a crumbling pitch but lets see which of these boys can handle Dale Steyn when India is 42/3 at Durban. I am not saying India is not playing good cricket, ofcourse they are but they will have to take 2 more steps to be truly deserving No.1s!

    Ponting on the other hand is not to blame. He is working with probably the weakest Aussie attack in ages. Jhonson looked a shadow of himself in the 2nd Test.Hautritz is at par at best. Ben was too overworked but bowled beautifully. Watson is a steady bowler too but not one who can rip through an attack. Where are Nathan Bracken/Shaun Tait/Peter Siddle???

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | October 14, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    It's good to see that Punter has confidence in Pup. Come the Ashes, it's a different contest altogether. No Team has done well in sub-continent conditions, and India have won more Tests in India than away, so I do not rate them as No.1. India have never won a series abroad. ALL other teams have. I predict Australia will win The Ashes comfortably. Look at the Australian side! Watson and Katich - solid openers laying the foundation, Punter,Pup,Huss,North and Haddin - a superb middle order and Mitch,Dougie,Hilfy,Harris,Siddle to send down screamers at the Poms.The spin department is weak - always has been, except when Warnie was playing - but Australia have won Tests WITHOUT Warnie too!

  • POSTED BY cric-procrastinator on | October 14, 2010, 3:20 GMT

    I was never a fan of Australia but hats off to you ponting and australia, you played the game to your best and when you lost you did not make excuses nor claimed you were a better team even though you lost. Contrast this behaviour with Sri lanka and sangakara, every time sri lanka loses sangakarra goes out and claims they were a better team, sangakkara please show some sportsmanship. Australia will get into the groove will start winning again and I hope the contest betwwen australia and india will reach the next level

  • POSTED BY AncientAstronaut on | October 14, 2010, 3:09 GMT

    Totally agree with mits6. Hope Tendulkar's critics -- I can't believe that we still have them -- saw his performance. You don't score 14,000 runs without winning matches for your country. As for the Australians, they played really well. That's what made this series worth following!

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    Being from Melbourne, Australia, I think Victorian cricket players are overlooked by the national team selectors. Victoria are the champions of Sheffield Shield (equivalent of Test cricket) for the last two years in Australian domestic cricket competitions. Is there a single Victorian player in current Test team who lost to India 2-0? Selectors and CA treat Victorian players like step children.

  • POSTED BY Advance-Australia-Fair on | October 14, 2010, 2:16 GMT

    "Ponting and Hilfenhaus aside, there's an ordinariness and inconsistency..." bit tough on Watson, isn't it?

  • POSTED BY inswing on | October 14, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    India will will face a similar situation within two years. You will have the three main batsmen -- Tendulkar, Dravid, and VVS -- averaging around 30. An occasional 50 will keep them in the team, while they are underperforming otherwise. Ganguly averaged 25 in the last few years, and these guys will be even harder to drop. India will lose 2 or 3 test series and lose their ranking before they retire. The newcomers will be ok but not as good. In the bowling department, Zaheer and Harbhajan are getting up there in age. Harbhajan is already starting to decline, and Zaheer will go down in 2-3 years, with no great replacement available. Indian fans should enjoy this while they can, because there is a lean patch around the corner.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 1:48 GMT

    Congratulations to Ricky for being so honest. He sets a fine example for everyone. Not a single excuse but an honest appraisal of Australia's performance. Ricky, you are still the best batsman outside Sachin in the world. Now Australia needs to find some damaging openers. Kat and Watto are solid but not intimidating like Hayden and Langer. Clarke, Hussey and North do not scare anyone either. I think maybe one of the top 6 has to be tapped on the shoulder after this ashes series and say thanks for everything (either Hussey or Kat). I think its time for Hughes and Usman to come in. The bowlers are the best Australia has (when Bolly comes back). Go Australia over England!!

  • POSTED BY sirecho on | October 14, 2010, 1:28 GMT

    Aus will be back don;t worry about that, only 9 points separate 2-5.

    It's funny looking at the team rankings, when we held #1 for so long India put no effort into test matches thinking they were below ODIs in stature, we are #1 in ODIs and india are trying to ruin ODIs in favor of T20, imagine if we went to #1 in T20? What game will they magically pull out of their a^%$s? 1 over games?

  • POSTED BY filizant on | October 14, 2010, 1:26 GMT

    MJ Clarke needs to be dropped. As an aussie I'm exteremely concerned for the future of Aus cricket if he's supposed to be our next captain...try Hussey or heck even Cam White. Drop Ponting as captain so he can concentrate on batting.

  • POSTED BY rohanbala on | October 14, 2010, 1:19 GMT

    It was really disappointing to see the Australians lose the series 2-0.. Many of the players (both batsmen and bowlers) did not do any justice to their place in the team. Clark, Hussey, North (except in one innings), Katich were a big let down to their team while in the bowling department Johnson and Hauritz did not do any justice. The Australian selectors need to analyse and do a lot of home work in the quest for the ashes. The likes of Khawaja and Steve Smith could have strengthened the team. On the subject of off spinners who have toured India, Gavin Robertson, Colin Miller, Jason Kreza and now Hauritz.... have all been disappointing.

  • POSTED BY MartoAus on | October 14, 2010, 1:09 GMT

    If Warney spent less time jetting around the world playing poker and more time helping to develop Aussie spinners, maybe we'd have a Test-class spin-bowler right now? I think Australia will bounce back and regain the Ashes. Australia are still very good at home and English pacemen tend to struggle over here. However, well-played India. But could we get more than a 2-Test entree-sized series next time? Honestly, just about no-one over here in Aus gives a rat's bum about the ODI series we seem to play annually over there. More Tests, less meaningless ODIs and 20/20 hit and giggle!

  • POSTED BY S.N.Singh on | October 14, 2010, 1:02 GMT

    AUSTRALIA, MISTAKE IS NOT TO PLAY YOUNG SMITH. SMITH IS A GOOD ALROUNDER, AND A VERY GOOD LEG SPINNER, WHICH AUSTRALIA ALWAY CARRY THROUGH OUT THE YEARS. PUGARA PLAYED AN UNUSAL SECOND INNINGS FOR A FIRST TIMER. HE WAS VERY FLUENT AFTER FAILING IN THE FIRST INNINGS. THIS IS WHAT CAUSE AUSTRALIA THE MATCH. IN CHASING RUNS WITH A LOT OF TIME. PUJARA WAS STROKE THE BALL INSTEAD AT AN EVEN RATE. SMITH SHOULD HAVE BEEN PLAYED IN BOTH GAMES. BUT INSTEAD THEY CHOOSE TO PLAY AND BOWL SHORT-OF-LENTH . PURAJA IS VERY GOOD AT THE SHORT BALL.S.N.SINGH, USA.

  • POSTED BY heathrf1974 on | October 13, 2010, 23:51 GMT

    It's not that bad, the Aussies were in with a chance in both tests but the Indians were mentally tougher (confidence gained through being no. 1). Tendulkar was the difference. In all honesty I thought the Aussies did better than I thought they would. I thought we would get thrashed in one test and lose the other similar to the 2nd tests result.

  • POSTED BY Woody111 on | October 13, 2010, 23:48 GMT

    No doubt playing England at home will assist Aus but Ponting is right about 2nd innings run being a problem. It's a problem also because we're not bowling teams out in the 2nd innings - or even looking likely to at times. To say the bowling is fine is naive. Hilfenhaus is doing a great job but the lineup can't keep carrying Johnson's waywardness and the ineffectiveness of Hauritz. Admittedly Hauritz was bowling to the best players of spin in the world but he barely troubled lower order batsmen which should be bread and butter for a spinner. England's team will likely be the best allround team they've brought out for 24 years with Aus at its weakest since then. If Hussey and North can't find some consistency, and Bollinger and Johnson can't support Hilf appropriately we're in real trouble!

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 23:47 GMT

    Johnson has been dissapointing for the last 12 months now. Not only his bowling but his batting and some bad fielding. He isnt the strike bowler i though he was, so much for the talk of him being an allrounder. Our middle order has no spine. The days of border, waugh fighting for their wicket in the 2nd innings with the ball doing all sorts of things, wearing a few on the body. Clarke, hussey and north dont have that mental and physical toughness of a border or waugh. i think it is time to bring in hughes, khawaja, smith into the batting lineup. I think we need a cutting or hazlewood in the bowling lineup also. Hauritz must watch out for o'keefe, he is looking quite good and played very well for austalia a. Start injecting some young talent but dont pick smith as a replacement for hauritz, his bowling isnt there yet, he is a batter who bowls. Katich, ponting, hussey and north are well over 30 and dont want them all going at once, north 1st, then hussey or katich and ponting last

  • POSTED BY dougie on | October 13, 2010, 23:34 GMT

    Sounded like Pointing putting the blame on Haurtiz, might be trying to fire him up, but I think Aus need to do a total review of the spin bowling ranks

  • POSTED BY boooonnie on | October 13, 2010, 23:31 GMT

    All players in this test team who are considered starters for the ashes should be sent back to Australia for some hard core sheffield sheild games. Send the young brigade into those useless money making one day games. The Ashes are almost here - we need to shake the dust of defeat off our feet and prepare to bounce back against the poms!

  • POSTED BY andy66 on | October 13, 2010, 23:11 GMT

    Very interesting series coming up. The winner takes the 4th spot and the loser will join the bottom half-Pak, NZ, WI, ZIm. Great company to keep.

  • POSTED BY Hodra99 on | October 13, 2010, 23:06 GMT

    Aussie 1st test team in Brisbane vs England should be: Hughes, Watson, Ponting, Clarke, Katich, Khawaja, Haddin, O'Keefe, Johnson, Harris & Hilfenhaus. Time to go for Mr inconsistent Marcus North & Mike Hussey. It is time we gave a baggy green to some of the young stars in the domestic scene. Khawaja & O'Keefe both recently toured England for the Pakistan series, so they have been around the set up before. Both are in brilliant form at the moment (Khawaja 214 & O'Keefe 7 wickets). Hughes has the ability and talent to succeed, and has ironed out his short ball problems. This team is a team that can win the ashes and build for the future as well. Katich to be the 'rock' in the middle order, where he has spent the majority of his career.

  • POSTED BY MinusZero on | October 13, 2010, 22:58 GMT

    Heads should roll, but given the love-in that is the aussie cricket team its unlikely. The I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine mentality needs to go. I dont care if you name is Ponting, Clarke or whatever. The team needs to be picked on form. In most other sports, the coach and captain are first to go when the team isnt doing well. soooo.... what are the selectors waiting for?

  • POSTED BY Chiller38 on | October 13, 2010, 22:55 GMT

    Bottom line is that if Australia pick the same team for the first Ashes Test, we will be smashed. Time for some drastic changes. Selectors should build a younger team as they did back in the 80s that will ultimately become a great force. Sorry, but Katich, Hussey, North, Hauritz, Haddin, it is time to go. Paine should keep his place for the next 10 years. Crikey, he looks good. Most of all and the single most important issue, Hilditch must be removed as Chairman of Selectors. He is killing us.

  • POSTED BY manasvi_lingam on | October 13, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    Ponting has changed since the last 2 years. Losing the Ashes... twice... seems to have made him a much more mature person. Indian crowds need to realise and accept the fact. The responses of some of the fans here are much more immature and unbalanced than Punter's statements. The fact is that the first match could have gone either way: there were bad umpiring decisions for both sides and both sides were missing key players. But in the second game, India won fair and square.

  • POSTED BY 12th_man on | October 13, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    What a great series. It's only a shame it couldn't be played over at least three test matches. That aside, hats off to India who deserved to win today and the series.

    Australia played well in patches but have a few things to get sorted out but at home against England I think it will be a fairly close series with only one test separating the teams. Ricky, you've got time, fix it the aussie way...over a few beers!

    I enjoyed reading Dhoni's comments about player development...he's an astute and perceptive leader. All team sports have teams that dominate for long periods, like, the question is how often should the superstars play for and should they be rested against weaker sides to give them a chance to rest and a younger person a chance?

    Sachin, great knock (again!)...lets hope you get to 50 test centuries & 50 ODI centuries soon!

    P.S Can anyone explain why my NZ team are down 0-2 to Bangladesh? Apart from the obvious, they thought they could just turn up!

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    Pointing with his honestley is starting to earn some respect from Indians. I wish he would not be booed again when he comes to India next time. But I have a feeling that this was the last series for Pointing under Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 21:54 GMT

    I would like to see ponting crying...guess it will happen soon....May God wish him...

  • POSTED BY whoster on | October 13, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    Ponting was very honest in his assessment, and I think he's doing the best he can with the goods provided. Australia are merely a pretty good side now, which is a huge difference from the team of world conquering legends he first took charge of. He's got selection headaches for the Ashes; North will still have his doubters to contend with, Hussey has had a mediocre last two years, and Hauritz was very poor. Paine did a good job behind the stumps and also got a few runs, so Haddin may face a battle to get his place back. India have shown why they're no.1 by winning two tight contests.

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 21:08 GMT

    Aussies played well, whtevr the scoreline may say. They lost for lack of talent, certainly not for lack of will & effort. How else would such a lacklustre (I use the word w/o any derogatory incline) team run the No.1 team so close in both tests, except for the last day of the tour ? And people, don't run down this team for the Ashes. They'll be at home in favorable conditions & will certainly do well. The effort will have to be much more than the Aussie teams of the recent past though, but I'm sure they won't be found wanting.

    One important thing I wanna mention is that I never thought I would ever like Ponting, either as a captain or as a cricketer. Having always questioned or grudged his "greatness" (& his own behaviour & cockiness was responsible for it) somehow, at the end of this tour I must say I'm a bit transformed. Or maybe its Ponting who has transformed. Ponting has changed, grown & realised is a completely different picture than any i can remember. I feel for him.

  • POSTED BY ttyX on | October 13, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    MEK Hussey has all the qualities to take on the role of captain

  • POSTED BY lazy.boy on | October 13, 2010, 21:00 GMT

    australia is a better team than their present ranking shows.. india is undoubtedly No.1 though.. :)

  • POSTED BY DiggersRus on | October 13, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    Australia needs to inject some youth ASAP into the batting order. Hussey and North absolutely must go NOW! There are so many talented youngesters who need to be given a go... Usman Khawaja (who averages above 50 in shield cricket) scored a double ton batting at number 3 for NSW just a couple of days ago...

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    13 oct 2010 is a very dissapointg day for ponting...he have so many xcuses bt he did not forget that thing...that he is playing against no.1 team india.

  • POSTED BY Himanshudfreak on | October 13, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    very near in future India will also be facing same situation after retirement of Sachin, Laxman and Dravid

  • POSTED BY avis1001 on | October 13, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    Probably Aus needs change in captaincy and let Punter concentrate on his batting.

  • POSTED BY navjeet123 on | October 13, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    Well well, it's really refreshing to see Ponting being so candid and forthcoming in his assesment of the series.I really admire the guy,and though I am a hard core Indian cricket fan, seeing his crestfallen face in the pic above is really sad.My heart goes out to this guy,he has transformed himself from 'Misbehaved drunk Punter' Ponting to 'Admired and respected' captain of the Aussie team.Too bad that his illustrious colleagues(clarke,hussey) let him down.And let's face it, he has an envious record,second to none. Mr Dhoni has a looong way to go b4 he can size up to this legend of a cricketer.And what's more,Ponting beats him hands down in terms of contribution as a player in the series.Look at Dhoni,the bugger managed only about 50 odd runs in 4 innings and dropped 2 cacthes in the 1st test to boot. Ponting,u r truly one of the all time greats(after sachin of course!) and here's wishing u d best for the Ashes. Beat those snotty poms hands down,or as an Aussie wud put it,'Wallop 'em!'

  • POSTED BY mits6 on | October 13, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    great contest ........... heart keep pounding till end. That's the sachin's way of winning matches ........but still some jealous people question his match winning ability : p

  • POSTED BY The_Lethal_1 on | October 13, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    This is to Lakpj...You clearly haven't looked at the ODI rankings in a while or even seen Australia in an ODI. Australia are on 132 and the next best is 115. In terms of the team championships, whether it's Test or ODI, that is a huge gap. Australia are clearly the best ODI team. In regards to the recent test series...two of the biggest disappointments were Michael Clarke and Mitchell Johnson. Clarke made no runs and Johnson got hit for runs. Clarke needs to pick it up and Johnson needs to get back to that good line on short of a good length; on the off stump to right handers and just outside off to the left handers. Let your natural bounce and line do the rest and hopefully a bit of reverse swing eventually.

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    @ Lakpj even Indian team will be in that position ..oohh I am afraid even more worse position once Sachin retires !! So stop talking rubbish and start trying from now for some new words which will be of very use after ur hero retires !!

  • POSTED BY Vineeth.Maddela on | October 13, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    Michael Clarke is done! He knows his game well, that he is not good anymore.. North is a big comedy, N. Hauritz is good enough but not as threatening as Warne...I mean not a match winner...Aus needs to look out for Match Winners...!! Else they will fade away like the great West Indies!

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    Irrespective of winning or losing, being a good captain or not, scoring runs or not, I like the reformed Ponting for his humility.. It was a different Ponting that we saw this series.. But quite disappointed to see the reactions of Zaheer & Sreesanth after they got the batsmen out...The most funniest moment was when Zaheer tried saying something to Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell could do nothing more than laugh at it... Zaheer was making a fool of himself... Hope Indian cricketers doesn't lose their humility with success.. End of the day winning or losing is not everything..Players should realize that they are being watched world over and it is not good for the image of our country if they don't conduct themselves in a gracious manner...

  • POSTED BY svinodmenon on | October 13, 2010, 17:56 GMT

    MJ Clarke (Aus) 2 4 0 35 14 8.75 92 38.04 0 0 0 3 0 The above is the stats for M Clarke in this tournament. He was considered to be the next captain of Australia. I believe Aussies should look for some alternate players. I even recomend aussies to drop this clarke from the playing 11. Even M North atlast hit a century.

  • POSTED BY StarveTheLizard on | October 13, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    Terrible results for Australia, brought on by terrible batting collapses. Australia has dropped how many places in the Test rankings this year? Oh well, that's sport for you. One year you're unbeatable, the next your rubbish. At least we are acing the commonwealth games! Yay!

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | October 13, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    No, dear Ponting, there are no gaping holes in your team at the moment. Just holes big enough to drive some buses through. Are you kidding us? Not one healthy, penetrative fast bowler, not one hungry middle order batsman in form, and not one world class spinner. All your batting numbers on this tour were because of the tosses you won. If India had won the tosses, one of these defeats would have been an innings defeat. Of course all this changes when you play in Australia, but England too love your conditions. Where is the bowling to dismantle Cook, Strauss, Kieswetter, KP, Colly, Eoin Morgan and company twice?

  • POSTED BY Lakpj on | October 13, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    Getup Mr. Ponting you no longer have Gilly, Hayden, McGrath or Warne. this was expected when those players retire. soon Aus will loose their No1 ODI ranking. time to move farward and rebuild a team. every team has a period like this.stop talking rubbish when things go wrong and try to rectify the matters.

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  • POSTED BY Lakpj on | October 13, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    Getup Mr. Ponting you no longer have Gilly, Hayden, McGrath or Warne. this was expected when those players retire. soon Aus will loose their No1 ODI ranking. time to move farward and rebuild a team. every team has a period like this.stop talking rubbish when things go wrong and try to rectify the matters.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | October 13, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    No, dear Ponting, there are no gaping holes in your team at the moment. Just holes big enough to drive some buses through. Are you kidding us? Not one healthy, penetrative fast bowler, not one hungry middle order batsman in form, and not one world class spinner. All your batting numbers on this tour were because of the tosses you won. If India had won the tosses, one of these defeats would have been an innings defeat. Of course all this changes when you play in Australia, but England too love your conditions. Where is the bowling to dismantle Cook, Strauss, Kieswetter, KP, Colly, Eoin Morgan and company twice?

  • POSTED BY StarveTheLizard on | October 13, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    Terrible results for Australia, brought on by terrible batting collapses. Australia has dropped how many places in the Test rankings this year? Oh well, that's sport for you. One year you're unbeatable, the next your rubbish. At least we are acing the commonwealth games! Yay!

  • POSTED BY svinodmenon on | October 13, 2010, 17:56 GMT

    MJ Clarke (Aus) 2 4 0 35 14 8.75 92 38.04 0 0 0 3 0 The above is the stats for M Clarke in this tournament. He was considered to be the next captain of Australia. I believe Aussies should look for some alternate players. I even recomend aussies to drop this clarke from the playing 11. Even M North atlast hit a century.

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    Irrespective of winning or losing, being a good captain or not, scoring runs or not, I like the reformed Ponting for his humility.. It was a different Ponting that we saw this series.. But quite disappointed to see the reactions of Zaheer & Sreesanth after they got the batsmen out...The most funniest moment was when Zaheer tried saying something to Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell could do nothing more than laugh at it... Zaheer was making a fool of himself... Hope Indian cricketers doesn't lose their humility with success.. End of the day winning or losing is not everything..Players should realize that they are being watched world over and it is not good for the image of our country if they don't conduct themselves in a gracious manner...

  • POSTED BY Vineeth.Maddela on | October 13, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    Michael Clarke is done! He knows his game well, that he is not good anymore.. North is a big comedy, N. Hauritz is good enough but not as threatening as Warne...I mean not a match winner...Aus needs to look out for Match Winners...!! Else they will fade away like the great West Indies!

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    @ Lakpj even Indian team will be in that position ..oohh I am afraid even more worse position once Sachin retires !! So stop talking rubbish and start trying from now for some new words which will be of very use after ur hero retires !!

  • POSTED BY The_Lethal_1 on | October 13, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    This is to Lakpj...You clearly haven't looked at the ODI rankings in a while or even seen Australia in an ODI. Australia are on 132 and the next best is 115. In terms of the team championships, whether it's Test or ODI, that is a huge gap. Australia are clearly the best ODI team. In regards to the recent test series...two of the biggest disappointments were Michael Clarke and Mitchell Johnson. Clarke made no runs and Johnson got hit for runs. Clarke needs to pick it up and Johnson needs to get back to that good line on short of a good length; on the off stump to right handers and just outside off to the left handers. Let your natural bounce and line do the rest and hopefully a bit of reverse swing eventually.

  • POSTED BY mits6 on | October 13, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    great contest ........... heart keep pounding till end. That's the sachin's way of winning matches ........but still some jealous people question his match winning ability : p

  • POSTED BY navjeet123 on | October 13, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    Well well, it's really refreshing to see Ponting being so candid and forthcoming in his assesment of the series.I really admire the guy,and though I am a hard core Indian cricket fan, seeing his crestfallen face in the pic above is really sad.My heart goes out to this guy,he has transformed himself from 'Misbehaved drunk Punter' Ponting to 'Admired and respected' captain of the Aussie team.Too bad that his illustrious colleagues(clarke,hussey) let him down.And let's face it, he has an envious record,second to none. Mr Dhoni has a looong way to go b4 he can size up to this legend of a cricketer.And what's more,Ponting beats him hands down in terms of contribution as a player in the series.Look at Dhoni,the bugger managed only about 50 odd runs in 4 innings and dropped 2 cacthes in the 1st test to boot. Ponting,u r truly one of the all time greats(after sachin of course!) and here's wishing u d best for the Ashes. Beat those snotty poms hands down,or as an Aussie wud put it,'Wallop 'em!'