Australia in India 2010 October 14, 2010

Warne texts Ponting to explain Twitter comments

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Shane Warne has smoothed over a potential rift with Ricky Ponting after he criticised the Australian captain's field placements for the spinner Nathan Hauritz on Wednesday. During the final day in Bangalore, as India moved towards victory, Warne tweeted that he was feeling sorry for Hauritz: "How the hell can hauritz bowl to this field??"

But as Ponting later explained, Hauritz himself had asked for the very fielders that Warne was upset about. On Thursday, Warne said he was only responding to questions from fans and that he had made up with Ponting after the match, which Australia lost by seven wickets.

"Me and Punter swapped a few SMSs last night," Warne told Australia's Channel Nine. "We're mates, we're going to disagree a few times, it doesn't mean suddenly we hate each other and things like that."

Warne also said that despite Australia losing the series 2-0, he had not changed his opinion that Ponting's men could regain the Ashes this summer. The battle for the urn kicks off in Brisbane on November 25 and Warne said the Indian series should not have any effect on Australia's preparation.

"It's been hard work in India a few times," Warne said. "We got smashed all over the park as spinners. It's very difficult. Unfortunately to lose 2-0 to India is not great, but I don't think it will have an impact on the Ashes.

"Australia are always tough to beat at home. They're a pretty proud team. We've always been like that over the last 20 odd years that I've been playing. I think we'll give the Poms a run for their money out here."

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  • Charindra on October 16, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    There you go... Yet another Warne U-turn. Similar to the one he did when he said Murali should be tested in match conditions, and later came out and said "I have absolutely no issues with Murali's action." Just wish this guy would keep his mouth shut and his mobile turned off for a while... Might save him a lot of trouble. And yes, no comments whatsoever about his buddy Michael Clarke.

  • SurlyCynic on October 15, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    Texting? How childish. Can't they even call each other? Although I guess Warne has had a lot of practice at texting...

  • David47 on October 15, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    Of course Hauritz set his own fields - anyone who has played the game at a competative level knows that captains don't set fields that the bowler is unhappy with - that's why you see captains discussing with the bowler at the top of his mark. As for replacing Ponting as captain - why? (statistically - over all his career as captain) and with who?? And it wasn't the batting that lost us the series in India (almost never is), it was the bowling - a look at the stats will confirm that (see Madhu's current article on this site). We can go on and on about how difficult it is to bowl in India, and how good the Indian batsmen are against spin and blah blah - fact is, it won't change unless Aus make it change - and I mean ex players like Warne and McGrath getting more involved in nurturing the current crop, and Sutherland and CA getting off their collective ar...and do what they're supposed to be doing instead of grandstanding and issuing mindless press releases about T20 Vs Tests etc.

  • Sutty101 on October 15, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    @ rohanbala: I am getting sick of players bagging Clarke... The bloke averages 56 at the number 5 position, and has moved up to number 4 recently (Where he averages about 19), due to the fact that Hussey was consistently failing or batting poorly... If he was back at number 5, this would not be a problem; It all stems back to the fact that the selectors do not seem to have the sense to drop players who don't perform for multiple years - (It seems pretty clear to me that the selectors have no performance evaluation at all) - In fact, judging by the fact that these selectors still have their jobs, it shows that Cricket Australia as an organisation has no performance evaluation to speak of.

  • Saosin on October 15, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    @rohanbala and also @bharath74- OK here is why you are objectively, unarguably wrong about Michael Clarke. He had a very quiet series by his lofty standards, absolutely, however it was 4 innings over 2 tests, hardly a sufficient gauge to make such sweeping statements. Since 2007 (even including this quiet series) he has averaged 53.28. So the real issue with this team, as I and the stats see it, are as follows: Michael Hussey - last 1960 runs @ 34.38 and s/rate of 43 = get rid of him. M North - holds an average of only 38 with 5 x 100s and 4 x 50s (of which 3 of them are 68+ incl. a 90). He averages less than 21 without scores he converts. He is inconsistent. Johnson's 8 @ 32 this series is far from issue, and should not be considered at all. Hauritz - I can take it or leave it, he's OK, had a shocker though. We owe no cricketer anything, if they don't perform over a long period of time they should go. Pick the right ones though, use stats not bias.

  • rohanbala on October 15, 2010, 1:17 GMT

    This seems to be the 'plot' from Shane Warne to send punter packing.. Why is he not saying anything about the pathetic form of Michael Clarke? Has Clarke no role to play in the series disaster? Atleast Ponting batted better than anyone in his team. Come on Shane.. better tweet a message to Andrew Hilditch to drop non performing players from the team.

  • lara71 on October 15, 2010, 0:48 GMT

    how the hell could you sack ponting as captain who the hell will captain the team surely not micheal clarke because he is in horrible form at the moment. hauritz to me should be dropped and steven smith should play. shaun tait needs to play australia need a very fast bowler.

  • evenflow_1990 on October 15, 2010, 0:30 GMT

    apart from his ability to drift the ball, i don't think hauritz is that good. they should just add another paceman, seriously, they can bounce the opposition out with 5 quickies, like the south africans in the late 90's.

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  • sudhs_107 on October 14, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    I think Australia should try Steve O'Keefe once. He is doing well in domestic.

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