Australia in India 2010 October 16, 2010

Nielsen backs Ponting's captaincy

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The coach Tim Nielsen believes Ricky Ponting remains the best man to captain Australia. Ponting's tactics during the India series, which led to Australia dropping to fifth in the rankings, have put his leadership under scrutiny ahead of the Ashes.

"There is nobody better in Australian cricket or world cricket to lead this side," Nielsen said in the lead-up to Sunday's opening ODI in Kochi. "While we haven't had some of the results we would have liked, there's no doubt in my mind, or anybody's mind inside the group, that Ricky is the right man to lead the team."

Australia suffered a desperately close loss in Mohali but were beaten by Sachin Tendulkar's heroics in Bangalore on the way to a 2-0 defeat. Geoff Lawson said this week Ponting should play as a specialist batsman and Shane Warne questioned his tactics.

"As the captain of this team and the leader of our group, [Ponting] does a great job in keeping a consistent outlook on things," Nielsen said in the Daily Telegraph. "It is certainly not a time to be panicking. I can't think of a better person to be leading a group through a few ups and downs."

The form of Nathan Hauritz was also worrying but Nielsen said there were other reasons for the series defeat. "Don't lay all the blame or all the ideas on Nathan Hauritz," Nielsen said. "We didn't bowl or bat as well as we could have for the whole series."

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  • tmartis on October 21, 2010, 2:39 GMT

    I feel AUS are getting use to the feeling of of losing now. Gone are the days they had long unbeaten streaks. Now with NO McGrath or Warne, Ricky has a solid batting line up and a good but not great bowling lineups. It has brought them closer to India's position of a great batting line up and bowling attack I would try to hide behind one of those big scoreboards (of course referring to the seamers). It certainly isn't a time to panic for Aus, it is something that will become normal with time.

  • Vilander on October 20, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    And for gods sake please start respecting Ponting, he is a great player and was fighting alone valiantly in india, his best ashes might be around the corner.

  • Vilander on October 20, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    And for gods sake please start respecting Ponting, he is a great player and was fighting alone valiantly in india, his best ashes might be around the corner.

  • Vilander on October 20, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    Klinger,Khawaja,Siddle in - Hussey(vvgood limited bat overs though),North,Johnson out. Punter owns Poms. Simple. and stop worrying about Hauritz he is alright, doing better than Warne and Murali in india!!

  • Srini.M on October 19, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    Very Sad to read a comments about Ricky Ponting, As i am not a big cricket follower but whenever i saw a Australian matches against any countries he was the man leading Australia successfully for a longer period of time even now also i can't forget 2003 world cup final, i am sure this Ashes series will be the Answer for all his criticizers GOOD LUCK>>>>>>>>>>>PUNTER>>>>>>Just Bang the Ball>>>>>L_ R&C

  • ramanujam_ram on October 19, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    I guess Aus will beat Eng 5-0 under Ponting just bcos Eng is not Ind, but will he redeem himself with that

    Is Ashes really that big anymore? Two teams at the bottom of the test pyramid (unless you wanno call NZ, WI and Pak as test sides now) fighting out to see who will be the 4th best test side in the world.

  • on October 18, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    As a fan of Ricky Ponting, i would like him to score more than runs for his team than loosing too many matches, which is not typical Australian cricket team i have seen in the GOLDEN Decade of Oz cricket after the Bradman's era of cricket. I am not a cricket expert but i had watched Australia's quality Test matches. This team has got good names Like Shane Warne, Mcgrath, Steve & Mark waugh, Matthew Hayden, Justin Langer, and so on ... Hmm let him give a way to M Clarke in an important Ashes Series in home. Let him score runs freely as he used to it previously. M Clarke can captain the side, on paper England is much better than current Australian Ashes Squad. Captaining kids side in Ashes will add more trouble to his poor form. Let him come back as a batsman and score some runs. I am fed up and lost interest in him game...

  • bluebillion on October 18, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    The idea of handing Clarke the captaincy of the team when - 1) he is in the worst form of his life 2) Aus have just suffered 3 losses in a row and 3) the Ashes in one months time - is completely ludicrous. I am not a great fan of Ponting the person (though I must admit that he was a pleasant surprise in the tour of India) but he is the best and only option available to Australia.

  • flyingmachinee on October 18, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    @shariqbabar...........shariq u r rite ,i accept that ponting is way better than afridi as a captain n batsman but u r wrong in u r views abt dhoni.........Hes a better captain thn ponting......hes winning so many tournaments dont u know that ????ponting was winning games whn world class players were thre in his team like warne,gilchrist,hayden,mcgrath,langer,gillespie.....................but after thre retirement ponting couldnt do the same magic wit youngsters(his battin is also suffering)....dhoni can win matches wit youngsters tooo...Its better u worry abt pak team coz they r now worst than zimbabwe.......

  • malomay on October 17, 2010, 23:29 GMT

    Not a bad call Peter Bourke, I tend to agree with the look of that side, particularly the dropping of Johnson & the retaining of Paine. Bollinger is the form left armer & can swing the ball & hit the seam, we cannot carry another one. I like Siddle when he's fit, he goes at it hard & gives his all. Interesting left field thinking on Kahwaja too. Sadly, I don't think the selectors will agree. The golden boy Johnson will get a run as will Haddon, just because......well, for not good reason at all really !

  • tmartis on October 21, 2010, 2:39 GMT

    I feel AUS are getting use to the feeling of of losing now. Gone are the days they had long unbeaten streaks. Now with NO McGrath or Warne, Ricky has a solid batting line up and a good but not great bowling lineups. It has brought them closer to India's position of a great batting line up and bowling attack I would try to hide behind one of those big scoreboards (of course referring to the seamers). It certainly isn't a time to panic for Aus, it is something that will become normal with time.

  • Vilander on October 20, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    And for gods sake please start respecting Ponting, he is a great player and was fighting alone valiantly in india, his best ashes might be around the corner.

  • Vilander on October 20, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    And for gods sake please start respecting Ponting, he is a great player and was fighting alone valiantly in india, his best ashes might be around the corner.

  • Vilander on October 20, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    Klinger,Khawaja,Siddle in - Hussey(vvgood limited bat overs though),North,Johnson out. Punter owns Poms. Simple. and stop worrying about Hauritz he is alright, doing better than Warne and Murali in india!!

  • Srini.M on October 19, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    Very Sad to read a comments about Ricky Ponting, As i am not a big cricket follower but whenever i saw a Australian matches against any countries he was the man leading Australia successfully for a longer period of time even now also i can't forget 2003 world cup final, i am sure this Ashes series will be the Answer for all his criticizers GOOD LUCK>>>>>>>>>>>PUNTER>>>>>>Just Bang the Ball>>>>>L_ R&C

  • ramanujam_ram on October 19, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    I guess Aus will beat Eng 5-0 under Ponting just bcos Eng is not Ind, but will he redeem himself with that

    Is Ashes really that big anymore? Two teams at the bottom of the test pyramid (unless you wanno call NZ, WI and Pak as test sides now) fighting out to see who will be the 4th best test side in the world.

  • on October 18, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    As a fan of Ricky Ponting, i would like him to score more than runs for his team than loosing too many matches, which is not typical Australian cricket team i have seen in the GOLDEN Decade of Oz cricket after the Bradman's era of cricket. I am not a cricket expert but i had watched Australia's quality Test matches. This team has got good names Like Shane Warne, Mcgrath, Steve & Mark waugh, Matthew Hayden, Justin Langer, and so on ... Hmm let him give a way to M Clarke in an important Ashes Series in home. Let him score runs freely as he used to it previously. M Clarke can captain the side, on paper England is much better than current Australian Ashes Squad. Captaining kids side in Ashes will add more trouble to his poor form. Let him come back as a batsman and score some runs. I am fed up and lost interest in him game...

  • bluebillion on October 18, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    The idea of handing Clarke the captaincy of the team when - 1) he is in the worst form of his life 2) Aus have just suffered 3 losses in a row and 3) the Ashes in one months time - is completely ludicrous. I am not a great fan of Ponting the person (though I must admit that he was a pleasant surprise in the tour of India) but he is the best and only option available to Australia.

  • flyingmachinee on October 18, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    @shariqbabar...........shariq u r rite ,i accept that ponting is way better than afridi as a captain n batsman but u r wrong in u r views abt dhoni.........Hes a better captain thn ponting......hes winning so many tournaments dont u know that ????ponting was winning games whn world class players were thre in his team like warne,gilchrist,hayden,mcgrath,langer,gillespie.....................but after thre retirement ponting couldnt do the same magic wit youngsters(his battin is also suffering)....dhoni can win matches wit youngsters tooo...Its better u worry abt pak team coz they r now worst than zimbabwe.......

  • malomay on October 17, 2010, 23:29 GMT

    Not a bad call Peter Bourke, I tend to agree with the look of that side, particularly the dropping of Johnson & the retaining of Paine. Bollinger is the form left armer & can swing the ball & hit the seam, we cannot carry another one. I like Siddle when he's fit, he goes at it hard & gives his all. Interesting left field thinking on Kahwaja too. Sadly, I don't think the selectors will agree. The golden boy Johnson will get a run as will Haddon, just because......well, for not good reason at all really !

  • on October 17, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    Well I am really feeling bad that Aussies lost but I think aus batting line up always collapse on indian soil. Pointing on his good days was one of the best captains in the world cricket. I think he is still better then dhoni, afridi and other captain. I think pointing should retain as captain until the world cup. Its not fair with him and for the team to change captain before Ashes and world cup. I am from pakistan and I am a big supporter of Ricky pointing he is the best player and captain so far.

  • on October 17, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    Right before the Ashes is not the time to be talking about getting rid of Ponting. You cannot take the captaincy away from him because that will mean he's dropped all together. And secondly because Michael Clarke is so woefully out of form and confidence that it would be insanity to hand him the reins right now. We have to have confidence that we will bounce back. OK, so we just got beaten... by the number 1 team in the world, and it was a close run thing in the first test. Had Bollinger not been injured, we would probably have won it, and then this discussion would not be happening. The danger of this Indian series is that our heads would go done once we were beaten, and I think they were always going to beat us. The Aussie batsmen in particular need to pick themselves up and remember who we are playing next. There's nothing more important at the moment. Let Ponting get on with his job and support him. There's nothing else for it.

  • on October 17, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    What everyone seems to be missing is that Australia don't keep ex-captains in the team. If you lose the captaincy, you lose your place in the team. So if we take the captaincy away from Ponting, then we can't drop him because he's still our best batsman, so they'd be doing something very un-Australian. I personally think he's the best man for the job. My team for the Gabba would be Katich, Watson, Ponting (c), Clarke, Hussey, Khawaja, Paine, Hauritz, Hilfenhaus, Siddle/Harris, Bollinger. Im sticking with Hauritz for the first test because India maul every spinner, and he's our most experienced at the moment. Hussey is more deserving of a continued chance than North based on overall record. Khawaja is in form. Johnson not there because I have always thought he is among the most overrated modern cricketers. And I don't want Smith yet because he's only played 16 or so first class matches, so I want him to just get a bit more experience first. Its not like we NEED to rush him in yet.

  • on October 17, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    Mr.Tim i think its high time that u australians agree to the fact that u are no more the world-beatersIts kinda funny that u want to repeat the performances of yester years.Ricky i think u must quit the captancy cos dont deserve it anymore and u Mr.Tim Nielsen must be sacked.

  • karthik132 on October 17, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    WHy all the panic?? I am an Indian fan but am sure Aus will win the Ashes. And Hauritz will come good. Eng are going overboard with their celebration of Aussie downfall. This is no longer the Indian team of old and neither are the Aussies. Still they stretched both tests to 5 days and almost won at Mohali. English are not so good against spin. Pietersen had probs against Yuvraj! The Aussies should beat Eng comfortably. Maybe Swann wil be the only difference but he will be overcome

  • Gordo85 on October 17, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    When a coach says it is not a time to be panicing just shows you that they are. I seriously think Michael Clarke can not be allowed to be Vice Captain because if or when he ever does become captain the team can't drop him then.

  • gany1 on October 17, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    i fully agree with nielson punter should be given time to built up his team ...Fact is that punter is one of best batsman & also captaining the side which was no.1 & currently going under phase of transformation...Both the responsibilities is surely adding pressure to him but he will manage it ...Though the fact says different stories for last three 3 yrs but he has the experience to succumb the difficulties...I fully support the punter ..as he is the best is his role

  • on October 17, 2010, 3:09 GMT

    Come on guys give Ponting a break. I really don't like him as a cricketer but you can't blame him for what has been happening. When you have the best players it's hard to lose, ask Viv Richards or Clive Lloyd. When you lose those guys we all turn to the captain. Let the man complete his run and retire with dignity. Clarke will take it from there and he will have a greater challenge without Ponting and company.

  • silly_mid_on on October 17, 2010, 0:58 GMT

    Changes won't be made until after we lose the Ashes. And players with public appeal (Clarke) wil stay, while great batsmen (Hodge) get ignored.

  • silly_mid_on on October 17, 2010, 0:54 GMT

    Watson is the man to lead Australia, but he won't be spoken of because he's a Queenslander. Ponting is better suited to concentrating his old brain on his batting. Clarke is better suited to underwear advertising.

  • popcorn on October 17, 2010, 0:53 GMT

    Send Geoff Lawson to Pakistan - let him shoot his mouth there. And Shane Warne should do his job - helping spinners develop instead of questioning the Captain Ricky Ponting who is tring his best with the resources available. and Jams sutherland should get his priorities straight - Ponting was deprived of Dougie's services due to T20.

  • on October 17, 2010, 0:49 GMT

    for those saying put brad hodge into the side, he retired from first class.. come on get with it. also, clarke R0x, how many first class games has he captained? 1? 0? these selectors might actually have brain damage from their love sessions with pin up boi. oh and can someone off north so he can't be given another chance to keep sucking and embarrassing us? thanks

  • SnowSnake on October 16, 2010, 23:04 GMT

    Australian selection board is doing the right thing by supporting Ponting. With ashes around the corner, there is no need to experiment. However, it is about time Ponting himself consider his role as a captain. If Australia loses ashes then he should step down gracefully, otherwise he should continue at least till the end of world cup.

  • othello22 on October 16, 2010, 22:35 GMT

    LOL the lounge chair selectors are out in force again. Australia did not lose to India as a result of Ponting's captaincy, guys. They lost because they played like rubbish. Summary: Of the batsmen, only Watson, Ponting and to a lesser extent Paine made any real contribution. Clarke managed a grand total of 35 runs in 4 innings. Hussey and Katich scratched around for ages and achieved little. North made a century but did little else (and he wont score another one before racking up another dozen ducks). The bowling was abysmal. Hauritz was found out big time against a team who actually knows how to play spin. Johnson needs to be completely re-trained, he is terrible. Hilfy did ok but certainly no match winner there either. Bollinger was the best of the quicks and his presence was sorely mssed in the second test. The whole set-up is an abomination and it all starts with the selectors and coaching staff. It is not Ricky's fault if his team are crap.

  • Deenesh on October 16, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    Ponting was never an extrordinary captain, he just had the priveledge of leading an extraordinary team. Now that his team is no longer unbeatable, his flaws are being brought to the limelight. Stay tuned for many more lapses in the coming season.

  • on October 16, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    Before commenting on the validity of Ponting's leadership tactics, experts would need to take some points into consideration:

    1 - This is Cricket Australia. Not Pakistan where captains are just changed for the sake of anything in and out. When CA names a captain, they know that they have someone who is the right man to lead. Since Mark Taylor's exit from the game, Australia have had only 2 captains: the legendary Steve Waugh and now Ponting. Adam Gilchrist has only deputized in Ponting's absence ( and he led to the famous series win in India in 2004). 2 - Australia lost to SA in January 2009 at home. Pundits said its time for Ponting to go: and Australia won a series right next in SA after that. Should Ponting have quit after home series loss? 3 - Let's give Punter the time till Ashes and the next year WC 2011 and he will see his future himself. He's the best man to do the job for CA needs a mature and experienced man like Ricky Ponting in these tough situations.

  • Paul-in-Finland on October 16, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    D óh - Of course you are right Cameron White is also a killer bowler - Blood him in the test arena

  • on October 16, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    i think its high time for punter to step-down of captaincy and concentrate on his batting instread of leading. As i'm a Indian but still backing him bcoz he is a gr8 batsmen but not a gd leader. Leader should be some one like DADA (Sourav Ganguly) who set-up players ,built a powerful team & lead frm the front, and Dhoni is continuing the same path set-up by Ganguly. If u notice Dravid's, Laxman's,Sehwag's , Zaheer's & Harbhajan best came under his leadership. He brought new players like yuvi, kaif, dhoni, and many more. It will be gd if Watson or C.White takes the captaincy & pointing concentrate on his batting only....as CA need his batsmanship not his captaincy!!!!!!!!

  • AshD on October 16, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    Let Ponting be there as captain for the Ashes. Whatever happens, he still remains the best man for th job, a legend.Man has a point to prove. But for the future, Cameron White is the man. Please bring IN CAMERON WHITE @ 6. Give him test exposure and prepare him to be next Australian Captain. Clarke can have his way until White is ready. @ the moment Cameron White remains the best test Captain in making in Australia.

  • Paul-in-Finland on October 16, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    great article in The Age . . .Clearly Ricky Ponting is the Captain by leaps and bounds: who to pick for the other 10 places , at the Gabba maybe Brendan Jullian got it rigt with 1Simon Katich, 2 Shane Watson, 3Ricky Ponting, 4Michael Clarke, 5Michael Hussey, 6Marcus North, 7 Brad Haddin, 8Mitchell Johnson , 9Ben Hilfenhaus, 10 Ryan Harris , 11Peter Siddle . . . since everyone except Haddn & Ponting can bowl...no need for a specialist spinner !

  • ponting_is_the_best on October 16, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    For all u guys who don't want Ponting as a captain, who else do you want? Clarke? come on,, he is the most overrated player after Flintoff. I am sure there are 10 Clarkes in Indian domestic cricket. Katich? as an aussie fan I sure don't want Katich's pitch digging instincts in the team. He is the one who stalled the momentum in both matches. Hussey? for someone who was famous for scoring centuries with tailenders in the other end, he has not batted with tailenders for a long time now.

    Ponting is very defensive of most aussie captains - agreed. But look at the situtation, bang pitch was so different frm mohali. It was a good pitch, aussies had only one bowler in Hilfy who could produce some chances. Ponitng knows India very well, his instinct was that India will somehow play themselves like Mohali. So he wanted the game to go on as long as he could. Do you think with Mcgra and Warne he would have had the same field? aussies now can't afford to attack outright like before!!!

  • Rotormaster on October 16, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    I agree that Ricky has to go as captain. play him as batsmen at or down the order. People say that she has been successful as captain and yes he has won 2 world cups and unbeaten in both world cups, however his record in ODI's is vastly different than in Tests. Australia has lost some greats like the Mcgrath's , Warne's, Gilchrist, Hayden, Langer. But the issue still remains that even with these players Ponting still lost series (2005 Ashes) they won a test series in India only because Adam Gilchrist was captain when Ponting was injured. My team for the first test 1. Katich (c) 2. Hughes 3. Ponting 4. Khawaja 5. Watson 6. Smith 7. Haddin 8. Johnson 9. Hazlewood 10.Bollinger 11. Hilfenhaus... I like the Idea of 4 full time quicks and they all offer something different, Watson back up quick, Spin in Smith. Australia Needs to blood some young Talent ! At least my team has a average age under 31 !

  • Ozcricketwriter on October 16, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    Let's not mince words - Ponting is a horrible captain and always has been. But he is a good batsman and always has been there too. The best captain out there in Australia is Cameron White, who, unfortunately, is not in the test side. Brad Haddin has done well as a captain too, but you'd be a fool to pick him as captain when he is so fragile in the side. So we are left with Michael Clarke. Clarke wouldn't be so bad really, except that he'd likely be more of a Mark Taylor-style captain, someone whose batting suffers and he plays mostly as a professional captain. We all know that that will happen with Clarke. Ponting was more of a Viv Richards-style captain - makes horrible tactical decisions but keeps on scoring runs so who cares. At least until Cameron White is good enough to genuinely make the test team and hence can be made captain, let's stick with Ponting.

  • Something_Witty on October 16, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    Get poor Brad Hodge into the side instead of North. It is a tragedy that he has been ignored for so long. Get him into the side and at least give him the chance to win the Ashes for his country. Maybe then the selectors will have gone some way toward atoning for their poor treatment of the guy. If he had been given the opportunities befitting a player of his class, he could easily have scored 5000+ runs at test and ODI level. I rate him alongside the best batsmen in the world and always have. Get him into the side while his wonderful form lasts. He has always been a class act but he is getting on in years. At least give him ONE opportunity to show his class on the world stage.

  • on October 16, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    i guess John Buchanan leaving Australian team was the greatest indicator of what he thought about the team without McGrath, Warne, Langer and Hayden... he left before he got under pressure...

  • David47 on October 16, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    The poms will, as we speak, be preparing to face pretty much the same side as the one we put on the field in India. The last thing they would want is last minute nasty surprises when the Aus team is named just before the Gabba test. I agree with the team named here by Bone101, except that I would swap Watto and Ricky in batting order, and go for Paine instead of Haddin. Johnson would be on "last warning" - Harris MUST play if fit. Also, and I know this might sound crazy to a lot of people, but I would have another belated look at Brad Hodge. That side is stacked with bowlers, but we need to take 20 wickets more often than the poms if we want the urn back. BUT, will Nielsen and Hilditch and the rest of the selectors have the vision to do any of this?? - NOPE. If you're on the gravy train and have no real accountability to the now long suffering Aus cricket fans, why would you do anything courageous?? Put them on performance pay - Aus wns; they get paid - Aus lose; they don't.

  • JustLoveCricket on October 16, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    It just goes on to prove the old saying that the captain is as good as the team he has. When Ponting started - he had a world class team, hence his captaincy was world class. He could attack all the time knowing that he had the team who can sustain the effort. Now that his team is short in terms of world class players - he can no longer attack all the time, has to defend some time, if not most of the time. Earlier it was Australia who could put others into pressure, while now it is Australia who is under pressure. Unfortunately for Ponting, he has only a handful of players who take this pressure. As a result, cracks in captaincy are visible and hence the results.

  • on October 16, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    Its time for Mr. Ponting to go. When will they learn. Dropped from No 1 to No 5 in the world. Team below them is Pakistan which they drew 1-1. He was a winning captain 5 years ago because of the players he had in the team and not because of his tactics. He is not skilful enough. Give it to someone else for the sake of Australian Cricket. You don't want to find yourself ranked 6th in the world when he retires and then come up with someone new. How many years he got in him? I would say 2 years and I don't see them moving up the table with the current team. He had his chance and he blew it and its time to give it to someone else. Give it to Watson. He is young and has time to learn. If its too early then make him wise captain and give it to S Katich for now.

  • spin_king4 on October 16, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    cont. batting but an ok keeper. bollinger & hilfenhaus - best bowlers in the team, will work hard promising but let down by the run leaking from hauritz and johnson at the other end. katich & watson - solid opening partnership but do not convert enough 50's into big scores, in good form but definetly no hayden or langer. ponting - only truly class player in the team, a little down on form of late but showed signs of revival against india, expect a big series against england and a big score at the gabba after all this talk in the media

  • spin_king4 on October 16, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    have to agree that ponting is the best and only choice for aussie captain. i mean he is doing the best he can with limited recorces. we cannot expext(which i think aussie public do) the same rsults as when we had warne etc. look at the team he has now clarke - lets be serious clarke has to start batting consistently in tough situations and away from home. no suprise that clarke did nothing in india, the only time i see clarke score is big runs at home on good batting wickets(and in first innings too), at the moment he is not a sucessor to the captaincy till he sorts out his own game. north - one big score to save his career followed by 15 nothing scores. hussey- good for a 30 or 40 been too inconsistant past few years and still in team on oneday reputation johnson - started off great but dipped now bowls wide rubbish that leak too many run. need to be droped to remind him that not irreplaceable. hauritz - need i say more haddin - solid keeper a little to inconsistent when

  • vjyrulesu2 on October 16, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    hi guys...what ur guys r saying is fyn der is no need 2 think about ponting capitancy...but remember d team which he lead to 2 world cup wins and d team he'z leading now....the real captain skills come when ur team isnt dat good...recall stephen fleming once and his side which he lead u hardly c any devarstating player,but he still managed 2 win series....so its time 4 ponting 2 prove his captain skills....

  • Bone101 on October 16, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    Nice one silly mid-on. I would take your team over the dross that the selectors have put together any day! (Besides the captaincy) My team is a little different, but here it is ...I think we should go for a really strong pace bowling line up and attack all day long with the ball. For the Gabba i would take in 1. S Katich 2. Phil Hughes 3. R Ponting 4. Shane Watson 5. Usman Khawaja 6. S Smith 7. B Haddin 8. M Johnson 9. Hillfenhaus 10. R Harris 11. D Bollinger.

  • on October 16, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    @deedas5 (Deepak) : Nice to see a balanced, intelligent cricket fan like you in this forum.

  • sunny1307 on October 16, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    Ricky should captain until 2014 home ashes in december and then retire and may be even 2015 world cup in febuary as its a home wc for aussies so it will be great winning and then retiring.If he maintaing fitness and plays that long he can even break sachin's test record or may be not if sachin after loosing 2011 wc says he will play 2015 also......prediction for 2010 ashes 3-0 to australia....... my starting 11 at the gabba......1.Watson 2.Katich 3.Ponting(c) 4.Clarke 5.Hussey 6.Hughes 7.Paine 8.Johnson 9.Siddle 10.Bollinger 11.Hilfenhaus.............if aussies play hauritz ashes is gone and ponting's career will be over......

  • on October 16, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    Pointing is the best option right now, but that can be again test when sri lanka in austrlia end of this month , if he loss to sri lanka so he will more under pressure ppl dont forget under him Aussie won two world cup and many more other tourments, everybody have bad time , i really want aussie to win against india , lets see how aussie gona play agianst the best lions in the world.. best of luck Sri Lanka

  • deedas5 on October 16, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    Ricky!!! I am actually the biggest hater of you and Australian cricket team as they look very arrogant on field but I always respect you and Australian cricket team for your splendid cricket. Nobody has rights to blame you or drop you as a captain. You and Steve Waugh are the only all time great captains in the history world cricket. I wish you and your team will rock in coming days of cricket and be dominant as always. Please do not lose any match because in spite of not liking your team, I cannot see you and your team losing. All the very Best Ricky!!! Hope you will play for many years and ofcourse as a captain!!! People who liked and supported you, should always remember to show the same respect even when there is a downfall!!! Bye Ricky!!! Deepak from India!!!!!

  • silly_mid_on on October 16, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    Here's my team for the Gabba, with the world's best batsman captaining at number 4: 1. S Katich 2. Phil Hughes 3. R Ponting 4. Shane Watson (c) 5. Usman Khawaja 6. M Hussey 7. B Haddin 8. S Smith 9. M Johnson 10. R Harris 11. D Bollinger

  • Gilliana on October 16, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    I think Nielsen's success as a coach depends entirely on Ponting's success with the Australian team. I actually thought he would be advising Ponting to give up the captaincy and the 50/50 format and concentrate on Tests only, to regain his confidence and batting form. But unfortunately Ponting wants to carry on as captain. If he loses the series against the Poms, he will confront the reality of being kicked out of the captaincy and game altogether.

  • abhi_cricinfo on October 16, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    I like the way Ponting Ignore critics and he know that Clark still need to sort out things. Ponting is best choice for Aussie right now and good support by coach for Ricky.

  • boris6491 on October 16, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    To be honest, I don't think there should be a debate on whether Ponting should give up the captaincy because there is no other option. Michael Clarke is nowhere near ready for those who feel he should step up. He needs to prove himself as a reliable batsman and a player who the team can rally around. I don't think that, despite his talent and ability, he has quite emerged into that kind of player. Sure, Ponting's form has taken a dive which is a concern. Though, Australia are taking too big a risk to give the permanent captaincy to a guy who really is yet to prove his mettle, particularly in limited overs cricket. As usual though, Nielsen is viciously defending Hauritz when he was undoubtedly, as Australia's lead spinner, the key in the series. Nobody expected him to get resounding success, that would have been a miracle. However, he was more a liability to Australia than an asset. Hopefully Australia will soon realise that he is not an international standard bowler.

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  • boris6491 on October 16, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    To be honest, I don't think there should be a debate on whether Ponting should give up the captaincy because there is no other option. Michael Clarke is nowhere near ready for those who feel he should step up. He needs to prove himself as a reliable batsman and a player who the team can rally around. I don't think that, despite his talent and ability, he has quite emerged into that kind of player. Sure, Ponting's form has taken a dive which is a concern. Though, Australia are taking too big a risk to give the permanent captaincy to a guy who really is yet to prove his mettle, particularly in limited overs cricket. As usual though, Nielsen is viciously defending Hauritz when he was undoubtedly, as Australia's lead spinner, the key in the series. Nobody expected him to get resounding success, that would have been a miracle. However, he was more a liability to Australia than an asset. Hopefully Australia will soon realise that he is not an international standard bowler.

  • abhi_cricinfo on October 16, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    I like the way Ponting Ignore critics and he know that Clark still need to sort out things. Ponting is best choice for Aussie right now and good support by coach for Ricky.

  • Gilliana on October 16, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    I think Nielsen's success as a coach depends entirely on Ponting's success with the Australian team. I actually thought he would be advising Ponting to give up the captaincy and the 50/50 format and concentrate on Tests only, to regain his confidence and batting form. But unfortunately Ponting wants to carry on as captain. If he loses the series against the Poms, he will confront the reality of being kicked out of the captaincy and game altogether.

  • silly_mid_on on October 16, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    Here's my team for the Gabba, with the world's best batsman captaining at number 4: 1. S Katich 2. Phil Hughes 3. R Ponting 4. Shane Watson (c) 5. Usman Khawaja 6. M Hussey 7. B Haddin 8. S Smith 9. M Johnson 10. R Harris 11. D Bollinger

  • deedas5 on October 16, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    Ricky!!! I am actually the biggest hater of you and Australian cricket team as they look very arrogant on field but I always respect you and Australian cricket team for your splendid cricket. Nobody has rights to blame you or drop you as a captain. You and Steve Waugh are the only all time great captains in the history world cricket. I wish you and your team will rock in coming days of cricket and be dominant as always. Please do not lose any match because in spite of not liking your team, I cannot see you and your team losing. All the very Best Ricky!!! Hope you will play for many years and ofcourse as a captain!!! People who liked and supported you, should always remember to show the same respect even when there is a downfall!!! Bye Ricky!!! Deepak from India!!!!!

  • on October 16, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    Pointing is the best option right now, but that can be again test when sri lanka in austrlia end of this month , if he loss to sri lanka so he will more under pressure ppl dont forget under him Aussie won two world cup and many more other tourments, everybody have bad time , i really want aussie to win against india , lets see how aussie gona play agianst the best lions in the world.. best of luck Sri Lanka

  • sunny1307 on October 16, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    Ricky should captain until 2014 home ashes in december and then retire and may be even 2015 world cup in febuary as its a home wc for aussies so it will be great winning and then retiring.If he maintaing fitness and plays that long he can even break sachin's test record or may be not if sachin after loosing 2011 wc says he will play 2015 also......prediction for 2010 ashes 3-0 to australia....... my starting 11 at the gabba......1.Watson 2.Katich 3.Ponting(c) 4.Clarke 5.Hussey 6.Hughes 7.Paine 8.Johnson 9.Siddle 10.Bollinger 11.Hilfenhaus.............if aussies play hauritz ashes is gone and ponting's career will be over......

  • on October 16, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    @deedas5 (Deepak) : Nice to see a balanced, intelligent cricket fan like you in this forum.

  • Bone101 on October 16, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    Nice one silly mid-on. I would take your team over the dross that the selectors have put together any day! (Besides the captaincy) My team is a little different, but here it is ...I think we should go for a really strong pace bowling line up and attack all day long with the ball. For the Gabba i would take in 1. S Katich 2. Phil Hughes 3. R Ponting 4. Shane Watson 5. Usman Khawaja 6. S Smith 7. B Haddin 8. M Johnson 9. Hillfenhaus 10. R Harris 11. D Bollinger.

  • vjyrulesu2 on October 16, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    hi guys...what ur guys r saying is fyn der is no need 2 think about ponting capitancy...but remember d team which he lead to 2 world cup wins and d team he'z leading now....the real captain skills come when ur team isnt dat good...recall stephen fleming once and his side which he lead u hardly c any devarstating player,but he still managed 2 win series....so its time 4 ponting 2 prove his captain skills....