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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  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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...

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY RAVI_BOPARA on | October 14, 2010, 11:07 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 sudhs_107 on | October 14, 2010, 10:23 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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...

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY RAVI_BOPARA on | October 14, 2010, 11:07 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 sudhs_107 on | October 14, 2010, 10:23 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY bharath74 on | October 14, 2010, 10:15 GMT

    Team in transition shoud use young players. Only positive from Ind tour is Tim Paine and Watson form. Bowling had been pathetic, Johnson and Hauritz bowled poorly. Bollinger, Siddle, Hilfenhaus Ryan Harris , Bret lee,and Dirk Nannes will be handy once they are ready to play. Bowling will be formidable. Batting woes continue,lack of consistency and poor 2nd inning batting is the main concern .I guess Micheal Clark should be dropped and a proper batsman should be picked instead. I am sure Australia will definitely beat England, there is too much hype and poor batting strength in England line up. Strauss and Morgan are the men in form, Swann is the main threat bowing wise. Gud Luck Australia.

  • POSTED BY Sridhar76 on | October 14, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    Pontings' argument that the field was set according to Hauritzs' request doesn't seem logical to me. I agree that a captain has to more or less go with the bowlers plan of setting a field. But the captain must have a final say in this matter. If the captain wants to attack the opposition and the bowler is thinking otherwise and the captain actually going with the decision of the bowler leads me to conclude that there is confusion within the leadership and the team. The captain has to put his foot down and tell the bowler, "Here is what I want and this is the field you are going to bowl to."

  • POSTED BY ponting_is_the_best on | October 14, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    @smalishah84 - completely agree with you. With Hauritz, he doesn't spin the ball much, doesn't have a lot of variations, doesn't score enough to be called a decent batter, is not an exceptional fielder...why is he still in the team. Another question is that is it really necessary to play a spinner just for the heck of it? especially when the spinner is leaking runs and not picking up wickets..Really can't understand the aussie selectors logic here...Hauritz like Clarke is a very overrated player. In this series in India, I am sure Hussey was ready to bat even before Clarke faced his first ball. Clarke and the next Ponting? He cannot even come close to Ponting with his batting. Tries to step out every ball to the spinners. If a spinner bowls a ball where he can neither step up nor play of the backfoot he is a bunny... I fear the future of aussie cricket...

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

    I don't see what warrants all the fuss about this. Warne may have something personal against Ponting. But that's up to them to settle.

    And I don't think that this series can be used as a guide to how the ashes will turn out. Far from it. I believe England will get trashed (I always look forward to a good English trashing). 1. The conditions will be different. 2. England cannot exploit Australia's weaknesses anywhere near as well as India did. 3. I think England themselves have more weaknesses than Australia, and I expect Australia to exploit those weaknesses.

  • POSTED BY smalishah84 on | October 14, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    I don't quite understand the logic of sticking with Hauritz. The only team he has done well against is Pakistan. Anybody can do well against Pakistan with the kind of batting that we have.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    If Australia regain the Ashes, all will be well. But should they lose, it will be said that Ponting should have (been made to) resign as captain after the India series. In Dhoni, India have a captain who will be successful in taking India into the post-Tendulkar, -Dravid, -Laxman era. In Ponting, Australia have a captain who soon will be gone himself and whose captaincy has been shown to be less than what Australia is accustomed to. Time to pass the baton NOW before you're made to go, Mr Ponting!

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    In Oz all these bowlers will reach the speeds of 150 plus and that will make it so tough for the English batsmen. Indian pitches are totally different the Aussie pitches therefore we can't write off Australia based on the recent series. Aussies are very hard to beat in Oz no matter what. Never underestimate Ricky and his Men

  • POSTED BY mitgop11 on | October 14, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    lack of a quality spinner might come and bite the aussies again in the ashes. They need at least half a swann in their side. For england, this is perhaps the best chance to beat australia in australia in a long long time...

  • POSTED BY Truemans_Ghost on | October 14, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    Aussasinator.... what a wonderful image, the Aussie team looking glum in the dressing room. Punter point out the window and says "look, the Goodyear blimp", the all look, see nothing frown as if trying to remember something , then break into grins and go out to do some thow downs. Engalnd have a good idea or Australias vulnerabilities too- the main one I see is their tendancy to get bowled out cheaply once per test match. I reckon it will be a cracking ashed. Or and Australian stuffing. Or and English stuffing.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    I felt for Nathan with that field setting, it was unusual, but as Punter indicated it was the fiels setting asked for by Hauritz. It was also peculiar that Michael Clarke (Captain In Waiting) did not make any contribution on the field settings to his captain?

  • POSTED BY KALPANA. on | October 14, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    ITS PERFECTLY CLEAR THAT WARNE ATTACKED PONTNG WITH HIS WORDS. WARNE AS A PERSON WILL NEVER CHANGE. SOMEWHERE IN HIS MIND..HE STILL DISLIKES PONTING FOR THE FACT THAT WARNE DIDN'T GET A CHANCE TO CAPTAIN AUSTRALIA WHILE HE PLAYED UNDER PONTING. HIM SORTING IT OUT WITH PONTING LATER IS ALL POLITICS.

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | October 14, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    it will not have an impact on the Ashes because the Aussies know of England's vulnerabilities anyway and secondly the Oz dont carry losing memories for too long. Ponting wont let them. He'll divert attention and they fall for it.

  • POSTED BY brsw on | October 14, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    lol..so this is news????c'mon..

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    The contemporary game's most consistent, competitve and passionate captain - feels fit to believe in Ponting's claim over this series having no effect on Ashes preparations. One should support Ponting's belief that Australia will be prepared and ready for the Ashes as playing in Australia is extremely tough and England away from home is quite volatile. Collingwood & co need to come mentally and physically prepared to play 35 days of cricket if they are to influence proceedings.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 2:22 GMT

    Damage Control.. thats what its all about for warnie now..guess this is not the first time and wont be last ..

    will be more of it in ASHES

  • POSTED BY SachinIsTheGreatest on | October 14, 2010, 2:22 GMT

    Australia's problem is their batting. If this Aussie bowling attack could have the Indian batting lineup at 120/8 one would expect them to rip through the Cooks, Trotts and Bells in home conditions. Strauss and Pietersen would be the most important players for England.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    Pretty sure Hauritz should be dropped anyways. Ever since he was included back in the test squad I couldn't stop bagging him, now i will again. HAURITZ IS USELESS!! TWO FIVE-FOR AGAINST PAKISTAN, WHO CARES!!1 ANYONE COULD. If Steve Smith, Steve O'Keefe or Jason Krejza aren't playing in the first test ahead of him, im going for the Poms. And surely Paine will be selected ahead of Haddin. Haven't seen him stuff up a chance yet. This SHOULD be the first side of the first Ashes test. 1- Shane Watson, 2- Simon Katich, 3- Ricky Ponting, 4- Michael Clarke, 5- Mike Hussey, 6- Usman Khawaja, 7 Tim Paine, 8- Steve Smith, 9- Mitchel Johnson, 10- Ben Hilfenhaus, 11- Doug Bollinger. Australia dont need another bowler, if Punter grew a brain Watson would bowl more. Look at his average!!! North must go, dont like him and its either 0 or 100 from him. Khawaja has been in amazing form, surely he MUST be considered for the first test.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 2:17 GMT

    WOW, if Hauritz asked for that field then thats more of a reason to DROP him and give Steve Smith his chance. That field just GIFTED India majority of their runs, it was pathetic to watch.

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  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 2:17 GMT

    WOW, if Hauritz asked for that field then thats more of a reason to DROP him and give Steve Smith his chance. That field just GIFTED India majority of their runs, it was pathetic to watch.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    Pretty sure Hauritz should be dropped anyways. Ever since he was included back in the test squad I couldn't stop bagging him, now i will again. HAURITZ IS USELESS!! TWO FIVE-FOR AGAINST PAKISTAN, WHO CARES!!1 ANYONE COULD. If Steve Smith, Steve O'Keefe or Jason Krejza aren't playing in the first test ahead of him, im going for the Poms. And surely Paine will be selected ahead of Haddin. Haven't seen him stuff up a chance yet. This SHOULD be the first side of the first Ashes test. 1- Shane Watson, 2- Simon Katich, 3- Ricky Ponting, 4- Michael Clarke, 5- Mike Hussey, 6- Usman Khawaja, 7 Tim Paine, 8- Steve Smith, 9- Mitchel Johnson, 10- Ben Hilfenhaus, 11- Doug Bollinger. Australia dont need another bowler, if Punter grew a brain Watson would bowl more. Look at his average!!! North must go, dont like him and its either 0 or 100 from him. Khawaja has been in amazing form, surely he MUST be considered for the first test.

  • POSTED BY SachinIsTheGreatest on | October 14, 2010, 2:22 GMT

    Australia's problem is their batting. If this Aussie bowling attack could have the Indian batting lineup at 120/8 one would expect them to rip through the Cooks, Trotts and Bells in home conditions. Strauss and Pietersen would be the most important players for England.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 2:22 GMT

    Damage Control.. thats what its all about for warnie now..guess this is not the first time and wont be last ..

    will be more of it in ASHES

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    The contemporary game's most consistent, competitve and passionate captain - feels fit to believe in Ponting's claim over this series having no effect on Ashes preparations. One should support Ponting's belief that Australia will be prepared and ready for the Ashes as playing in Australia is extremely tough and England away from home is quite volatile. Collingwood & co need to come mentally and physically prepared to play 35 days of cricket if they are to influence proceedings.

  • POSTED BY brsw on | October 14, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    lol..so this is news????c'mon..

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | October 14, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    it will not have an impact on the Ashes because the Aussies know of England's vulnerabilities anyway and secondly the Oz dont carry losing memories for too long. Ponting wont let them. He'll divert attention and they fall for it.

  • POSTED BY KALPANA. on | October 14, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    ITS PERFECTLY CLEAR THAT WARNE ATTACKED PONTNG WITH HIS WORDS. WARNE AS A PERSON WILL NEVER CHANGE. SOMEWHERE IN HIS MIND..HE STILL DISLIKES PONTING FOR THE FACT THAT WARNE DIDN'T GET A CHANCE TO CAPTAIN AUSTRALIA WHILE HE PLAYED UNDER PONTING. HIM SORTING IT OUT WITH PONTING LATER IS ALL POLITICS.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    I felt for Nathan with that field setting, it was unusual, but as Punter indicated it was the fiels setting asked for by Hauritz. It was also peculiar that Michael Clarke (Captain In Waiting) did not make any contribution on the field settings to his captain?

  • POSTED BY Truemans_Ghost on | October 14, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    Aussasinator.... what a wonderful image, the Aussie team looking glum in the dressing room. Punter point out the window and says "look, the Goodyear blimp", the all look, see nothing frown as if trying to remember something , then break into grins and go out to do some thow downs. Engalnd have a good idea or Australias vulnerabilities too- the main one I see is their tendancy to get bowled out cheaply once per test match. I reckon it will be a cracking ashed. Or and Australian stuffing. Or and English stuffing.