March 27, 2011

Ponting's time is up

If he quits the captaincy now, he'll be remembered as a beaten and bloodied warrior who refused to bow down. Also, it's just the right time for Clarke to fill his shoes
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There comes a time in every cricket captain's career - make that every sporting, political or business leader - when he reaches his use-by date. Ricky Ponting's captaincy, despite a typically defiant, "I'll-bloody-show-you" century in the World Cup quarter-final, has reached that stage.

During the summer there were the obvious signs: his elongated argument with umpire Aleem Dar in the Ashes series and his childish ball-throwing tantrum following a collision with Steve Smith while going for a catch in a World Cup game.

Then there were the more subtle indicators. His frenzied field changes in the Adelaide Test as the England batsmen pummelled the bowling. This was part of a pattern of captaincy during the Ashes series that smacked of Ponting trying to prove to all the doubters that he was an imaginative skipper. Finally there is his general inability to nurture confidence in spinners following Shane Warne's retirement.

However, it's more than just field placings and an ever-diminishing short fuse. There comes a time when the dressing-room personnel change to the point where the atmosphere is just not the same; a time when the players have heard all the rallying speeches and they go in one ear and out the other; a time when it's right for a different captain to lead a new team.

Retirement, whether it be from the captaincy or as a player, is a selfish decision; it only has to please one person. If, on the other hand the selectors are forced to replace Ponting as captain, it'll be for a number of reasons, but the most valid one is: the time is right for Michael Clarke.

Around 28 is the ideal age to take over the Australian captaincy. That's when maturity is attained as a player and an international cricketer. A good and knowledgeable cricketer will have formed his ideas on leadership from watching and listening to others and from touring the globe. Most importantly, the player-cum-captain then has around five good years to stamp his authority on the team.

It's no good giving the captaincy to a player who is past his playing prime, as this doesn't allow him to do justice to the job. The time is right for Clarke to take over, and there were signs during the ODI series with England that he'll at least have a more positive influence on young spinners than Ponting.

Make no mistake, Ponting has been a good captain. A Test-winning percentage in excess of 60 and two World Cups without a defeat is a record of which anyone can be proud. And he's achieved all that while overcoming the largest turnover of top-class players of any Australian captain and still managing to win at an above average rate.

Ponting may not be a leader who is universally loved but that is what defines him as a cricketer. He doesn't do things for effect. There's only ever been one motivation behind Ponting's cricket; the only logical one - to win the match.

In the end many leaders succumb to the lure of power and stay on too long. It's like a drug and they have to have more. There are signs that Ponting has had a whiff, but hopefully he emulates Bill Clinton who said: "I didn't inhale."

Ponting's magnificent fighting century and on-field courage in the losing World Cup quarter-final left an image of a beaten and bloodied warrior but one who hadn't been bowed. Next to going out a winner, that's the best way to finish a successful reign.

Former Australia captain Ian Chappell is now a cricket commentator and columnist

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  • STondulkar on March 29, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    Kicking out Ponting is no option. Australia need a Warne. They are not as lethal in the bowling dept as they used to be with Warne and Mcgrath. The batting is still pretty good. Winning will change things for them with the same team.

  • rbharol on March 29, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    I think given a team with GilChrist, Matthew Hadden, Symonds, Bret Lee, Shane Warne, Glen McGrath, any captain would appear to be a great captain. With these quality players even the bad captaincy decisions would not matter.. When you get an average team, that is when your skills as a captain are tested.

  • Neutral_Venue on March 29, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    There is nothing wrong with Ponting's captaincy. The only thing he is lacking is McGracth, Shane Warne and ofcourse Adam Gilchrist.

  • sushanrox on March 29, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    He should remain as Test captain until the next Ashes atleast.

  • Boba_Fett on March 29, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    To anyone thinking Watson should be captain, what are you basing that on? he has absolutely no captaincy experience at any level of cricket.

    Clarke has captained well enough every time he's had the opportunity. Give him a go at least. But if I were a selector I'd be looking to blood two or three younger players who could take over if needed in a couple of years. Tim Paine is one such option...

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    I salute R.Ponting as he has taken true decision at the appropriate time as he has maintained the true Australian tradition .The Australians are true cricketesr,not playing for mere records or money.

    Dr.Shrikant.Desai.India.

  • on March 29, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    Being a tough and player of such class, Ponting can reach new heights as a batsman... But then in the interest of building a team for the next few years, I think a new captain is not a bad option.. This gives time for Ponting to improve upon his batting as well...

  • on March 29, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    A class player like ponting can still offer a lot to the game as a batsman.. But yes, in the interest of rebuliding the team, a new captain is a good option..

  • intcamd on March 29, 2011, 1:10 GMT

    If Clarke was not marked as a future captain, he would have lost his place as a batsman by now. He is not the man to lead Australia to the promised land.

  • on March 29, 2011, 0:58 GMT

    i think clarke is the best choice 4 captain with ponting out, you can't hurl the weight of the whole team on watson now

  • STondulkar on March 29, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    Kicking out Ponting is no option. Australia need a Warne. They are not as lethal in the bowling dept as they used to be with Warne and Mcgrath. The batting is still pretty good. Winning will change things for them with the same team.

  • rbharol on March 29, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    I think given a team with GilChrist, Matthew Hadden, Symonds, Bret Lee, Shane Warne, Glen McGrath, any captain would appear to be a great captain. With these quality players even the bad captaincy decisions would not matter.. When you get an average team, that is when your skills as a captain are tested.

  • Neutral_Venue on March 29, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    There is nothing wrong with Ponting's captaincy. The only thing he is lacking is McGracth, Shane Warne and ofcourse Adam Gilchrist.

  • sushanrox on March 29, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    He should remain as Test captain until the next Ashes atleast.

  • Boba_Fett on March 29, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    To anyone thinking Watson should be captain, what are you basing that on? he has absolutely no captaincy experience at any level of cricket.

    Clarke has captained well enough every time he's had the opportunity. Give him a go at least. But if I were a selector I'd be looking to blood two or three younger players who could take over if needed in a couple of years. Tim Paine is one such option...

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    I salute R.Ponting as he has taken true decision at the appropriate time as he has maintained the true Australian tradition .The Australians are true cricketesr,not playing for mere records or money.

    Dr.Shrikant.Desai.India.

  • on March 29, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    Being a tough and player of such class, Ponting can reach new heights as a batsman... But then in the interest of building a team for the next few years, I think a new captain is not a bad option.. This gives time for Ponting to improve upon his batting as well...

  • on March 29, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    A class player like ponting can still offer a lot to the game as a batsman.. But yes, in the interest of rebuliding the team, a new captain is a good option..

  • intcamd on March 29, 2011, 1:10 GMT

    If Clarke was not marked as a future captain, he would have lost his place as a batsman by now. He is not the man to lead Australia to the promised land.

  • on March 29, 2011, 0:58 GMT

    i think clarke is the best choice 4 captain with ponting out, you can't hurl the weight of the whole team on watson now

  • Deenesh on March 29, 2011, 0:51 GMT

    pls let ponting stay for a little while more. the longer he stays the better it is for all the other teams..

  • Mike_Spel on March 28, 2011, 23:55 GMT

    Ponting a former great. Needs to go and sit with other former greats. Clarke not the leader. Bring in Paine start building.

  • on March 28, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    continue till the 2015 world cup at home.....

  • AndyMack on March 28, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    clarke is good for captain, needs to learn how to control an innings a bit more often, shot against india shows still got a way to go, but he will be awesome given time over next few years.....

    bring on 2015....

  • malan112 on March 28, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    All time great cricketer.............!

  • gouthamkotera on March 28, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    Ponting is no good any more both as a player and as a captain, but is Clarke good enough?? I dont know much about his leadership skills, but his batting has not been great enough to inspire youngsters in the team to follow him. I dont think he even bowled in the rank turner at Motera, he being a spinner. so where are the skills in him to promote him to the next level? i doubt. in the current scenario, there is no worthy replacement for Ponting and Ponting is not worthy any more. its a tough situation for Australian Cricket.

  • amit_1234 on March 28, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    ponting is no doubt a great player, a captain who hates to lose, believes in the concept of win at any cost. but now because of 2011 worl cup early exit he is now forced to ( atleast in media) leave captaincy because he cannot gave another world cup win to aussies. mr chappell how many world cup wins u have been part with. forget abt wins how many world cup finals have u played. a player who has played 4 world cup finals, victory in 3 world cups, 2 world cup titles as captains, what more u want from a player. in this world cup when we looked at australians squad, it really looked like a 2nd string unit struggling to keep the names high of their once ever-conquering aus team. aus have 7 batsman out of which 3-4 were totally out of form, 2 big players ( hussey n ponting) struggling with injuries. shane watson was their only performing men. in the bowlin unit except for lee, aus didnt have the firepower to even rattle a team,but still they didnt allowed the indians easy win.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on March 28, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    I agree that Ponting's time as Captain is up though i would like him to continue as a Test player due to the dearth of replacements in the short term. Its still tough times for Australia and i have said that the Australian revival will be under the Captain AFTER Clarke. Not sure who that is yet so we might as well get on with the prelude. At the moment Australia is just treading water and still sinking. The next generation need to be found and they need to be given time.

  • TrexTrainer on March 28, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    Chappell is always telling someone's time is up. He did the same thing to Sachin and numerous others. I don't know what this guy's obsession is with asking people to quit. Did he not watch the last game? Ponting, even though had a bad run for a long time, still came up good in that match.

    It's the bowling that let them down. Obviously Chappell is not interested in any of those things except for wanting heads to roll.

  • true_cricket_fan on March 28, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    Hi guys, I want to share a joke with you: During India-Australia quarter final, in the second innings while Sachin just completed his 50, Mr. Chappell on commentary said "There is no doubt the motivation behind this Sachin's innings is that magnificent 100 by Ricky Ponting." Yes, this was the joke.

  • on March 28, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    Australia do not have a future captain. Micheal Clarke is just not captain material especially with the form he has had over the last few years.

  • Alexk400 on March 28, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    i really think watson should be captain instead of clarke and start rebuilding and dump all hussey brothers , lee , tait , micahel clarke...

  • CricFan24 on March 28, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    I get really cheesed off when people start putting Ponting in the Tendulkar/Lara bracket. Ponting had 4/5 great years in the mid 2000s. That's all. Totally overrated.

  • Alexk400 on March 28, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    Ponting needs to go. But aus do not have any batsman who can score century now. I am not sure michael clarke is good as captain or even batsman. He is more of run gathering type when there is no pressure. he played well when surrounded by great players. Without them other teams target him , he won't be able to score anything.

    I would make michael hussey as captain and bring on few 18 year old batsman and start buildup. Michael clarke , michael hussey all journeyman type...a drag and taking up spot of youngsters.

    India also we have oldies...tough to get rid off. But aussies are always think ahead of the future. Lets see.

  • sandyyy on March 28, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    Always hated Chappel Bros. Ian always talks like he is the guru in all matters. Is he really more successful compared to ponting? Talked about tendulkar the same way 3 years back. Look at Sachin's form lately. Who is this guy to decide?

  • Flat_Pitch_Bully on March 28, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    Hilarious!!! The Saint is back at what he does best - Foot in Mouth!! This Chap (pell) is the same guy who had predicted that Sachin Tendulkar won't play well in the finals of the famous sand storm innings - since he had already done so in the semi... the result - everyone knows... Now the Saint claims - 28 is about the right age to take over Aussie captaincy - HA HA HA HA... Lets see the stats behind it shall we?? Steve Waugh became captain @ 34, Mark Taylor @ 30, Allan Border @ 29... going back thus, we finally come to one name who actually did take on captaincy in his 28th year - Ian Chappell!!! The guy is so full of himself he can't see beyond!! HELP!!

  • CricketChat on March 28, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    Totally agree with Ian's assessment of Ponting's captaincy. Ricky can retire with pride knowing that he gave it all on the field. He should try to play the game for the pure enjoyment of it from now on and guide future generation of players in Aus.

  • SaudSami on March 28, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    so you are saying that ponting continuing with the captaincy would be "Idiotic"?

  • on March 28, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    why should he retire as sachin tendulkar is still palying being approx 38 he is just 36 and somre few days !! he scored a century against india in quartes he is a real superhero even in defeat !! damn he is still capable as an australian captain !!

  • criketlover on March 28, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    this same Chappel and ricky ponting were suggesting sachin to retire few days back when sachin was out of form,let them tell the same thing now

  • fwd079 on March 28, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    I agree, Ponting must go while he has dignity, unlike Vaughan or Inzimam or Wasim for that matter.

  • on March 28, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    Ponting to me will be remembered as a captain who LOST the Ashes twice and the World Cup, and who showed very little intelligence as a captain. During his tenure as captain, a lot will say the greatest achievement would be winning in India in 2004, but that was done when Adam Gilchrist was captain with Ponting injured. Too many times also we had chances to go for the throat with him as captain (India 2007, South Africa 2007/2008), and he was content to let things slide for too long.

  • DaisonGarvasis on March 28, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    Please do not take Chappell serious. He had predicted Sachin's time was over a few years back. Though not with the same intensity now he is after Ponting. Chappell should keep his wisdom to himself and let the players do as it is their careers. Both Sachin and Ponting has achieved far more for their countries as compared to what Chappell has for his. With the sort of experience they both have I am sure they dont need Chappell telling them when to call it a day!

  • on March 28, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    I second Gopi Chand. Useless Chappell Bros... However for a change, Ian is correct.

  • inthebag on March 28, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    Everything Ian says is right and it may well be the best time to go. Then Ponting may just turn around and prove everyone wrong - again. I'd still trust his call on that.

  • on March 28, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    i think chappel is right in a way. It is only so much that ponting can do. HE HAS BEEN A MAGNIFICENT CAPTAIN,IF NOT THE BEST TILL DATE IN WORLD CRICKET, but all good things has to come to an end. Even if lingers for long, he will deprive clarke of his time to justify his cricketing acumen. As 2 continue as a player, I think everyone knows d answer: out as a captain, its obviously out as a player.

  • sohail.k on March 28, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    As long as he is fit to play n lead he shouldn't retire...He proved the point in his last ODI against India. In regards to (Finally there is his general inability to nurture confidence in spinners following Shane Warne's retirement) this is just bullshit its not captain's job... Also I think Clarke isn't mature yet realizing the way he gone out against Pakistan n India.

  • on March 28, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    It's completely ridiculous to say that Ponting's time in up. with the 100 in QF I says his time is coming back and he will surely become the number 1 batsmen in the rankings very soon

  • on March 28, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    If not Ponting than who is to lead Australia now as the nearest contender Micheal Clarke struggling for form and cant deserve to be in playing 11 too

  • on March 28, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    If Ponting not leading Australia than who there are no contender in this side to handle that and Michel clarkes name has been suggested fro the various quarter but with his current form he is not deserved to be int he side forget about leading

  • on March 28, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    @Raymond Hounslow: The hundred wasn't against Pakistan (who bowled them out for 176). It was against India.

  • Longmemory on March 28, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    Maybe Ponting-the-captain is past his sell-by date, but the case for Clarke replacing him is very very weak. The Aussies have painted themselves into a corner on this one. For years now, they've anointed Clarke as the heir apparent. Now they have no choice but to hand him the captaincy. But over the last year or so, Clarke has proven to be a quisling - he lacks the bottle to be a reliable middle order bat in any form of the game, let alone captain the side. Mark my words - a few months into Clarke's reign, things will be such a shambles that everyone will be looking for a new captain.

  • on March 28, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    Can we expect a Tendulkar / Kallis / Pietersen / Gayle to perform at the same level if they are captaining their respective teams. Its true that Ricky Ponting is over burdened with his captaincy (Still he is looking to clean sweep every tourney he played, even without those super stars). He should be in the playing XI for both ODI's & Tests for another couple of years atleast. Lets see how better he performs without that captaincy tag.

  • ZoltanX on March 28, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    I feel Ian is correct...Ponting has to give up captaincy and stay wit hhe team for some more time as a middle order batsman. Old has to give way to the new...has Steve Waugh not been forced out (I remember his batting avg for the last period of his captaincy was probably his highest ever), we would not have seen Pointing...similarly we w'd not have seen Steve Waugh had Mark Taylor not made room... Pointing c'd be a 2 time WC winning captain only because he got the job early...and he had a great team..the current team has a good record, but is struggling..Aussies are not the Dominating Demons anymore....the onus now has to be given to Clarke before the team disintegrates further...before the world realizes that they are mere mortals as well..

  • blaster_boy on March 28, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    was chappell one of them who said tendulkar should have been retired 6 years before...... ? hi ...hi...hi.

  • santeju on March 28, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    To be frank, these Chappel brothers do not have any work rather commenting on the players, they are not scoring does not mean that its time up for them, yes for the change they can change captaincy etc, but they always expect each player should get retire. As they did it for 'SACHIN' too.

  • on March 28, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    Ponting is one of the best batsman of the current generation. But time is now for him to retire so that new players like Ferguson,Khwaza, etc can come in the fore. As Ponting may not play next Ashes or World Cup, hence he should retire himself. Aus board must finalize his retiremant and give him a great farewell.

  • Rajiv007 on March 28, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    If Ponting doesn't deserve captaincy then Clark also doesn't... He isn't a captain material... But Ponting should carry on batting like Tendulkar's doing... and give captaincy to somebody new. How about David Hussey?

  • Lion_Nation on March 28, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    @ Dhawal Buaria - I agree with you. It is a way to put Dhoni and ponting in a same bracket.

  • riteshjsr on March 28, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    A captain is as good as his team. It is not so much the leadership of Ponting, but the inability of the Australian middle order to come to terms with the expectations of their role, that is hurting Australia. Even if the selectors decide to remove Ponting from the captain's position, who are they going name captain? Michael Clarke? Does he even command an unquestioned place in the side? There are better players playing Shield cricket today. The fact of the matter is, Australia do not have an alternative to Ponting. He is still their best batsman, along with Michael Hussey, and still the best man for the skipper's job.

  • abdulkader.k.a. on March 28, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    i think, clarke still not ready for captaining the aussie, lately his form in odi also little bit low, so ponting still lead this side for at least a year.

  • Khuram76 on March 28, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    it is amazing how my comments don't get published , but some guy who thinks that Ponting made 100 against Pakistan get published.

    Unbelievable you people, i am out of this web site

  • on March 28, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    It's a shame such a good batsman will have to be dragged off the field to relinquish his captaincy. The cricketing world has seen the decline in Australian cricket ever since South Africa's triumph in 2008-09. I understand Chappelli's point that 28 is a good age to bring in a new captain but it doesn't seem Michael Clarke deserves it yet but who knows if the captaincy will spur him to improve his performances. And anyway if Ponting does achieve success in Sri Lanka in August where will he go from there? All he is doing is reducing the amount of time for another young captain to get a team ready for 2015.

  • asw_03 on March 28, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    What is the credibility of IAN Chappel as an expert. Few years ago he told tendulkar to see the mirror. Mr IAN U SHUD See the same mirror and ask ...am i good enough to comment on player like ponting and tendulkar??? what will be the mirror answer??? Shut your mouth and let these players decide what they want to do. They are far better player than what you were ? and they will be far better expert than what you are ? so they know what to do and what not to do shut your mouth and just enjoy the game.

  • Cricket_theBestGame on March 28, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    even though i support pakistan. i want to see michael clarke take over. he brings a new fresh and more sport spirited feel to aussie team. ponting aura as captain is gone. take a leaf out of smith's book and step down your self. you may end up playing a few more years.

    oh btw ian, no mention of afridi and how idiot he is and his team??!!! i'm surprised...jeoulsy and envy knows no bounds aey chappell-i;)

  • biscuit2009 on March 28, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    Ponting still has 1-2 years left in him. He should quit captaincy and play as a middle order batsman in both ODI and tests.

  • KCKCKC on March 28, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    Besides being a difficult captain to spinners (he didn't need to captain Warne), Ponting hasn't done much wrong tactically. His biggest crime is that he lost the company of that damsel, lady luck. Even Napoleon couldn't win without her. But for CA this is the opportunity to show some guts and vision. Bite the bullet and let him go. Clarke, I'm not so sure of, but he's not the worst. Build a new team with a new domestic structure to fill the benches regularly and get those old Aussie pitches back, not the ones tailor made for India. They'll be right back on top

  • Kayceeajit on March 28, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    No doubt that Ponting has been an exceptional batsman and a great captain for Australia. He had started his career about 6 years after Sachin and almost caught up with him in the test ranking as a batsman. This is while he was captaining the side too. That part is great. Off late he has been having a rough time and is not in the right frame of mind to correct himself, pull up his socks, turn a new leaf and continue. Remember when Sachin was already written off, but see his current form in all forms of cricket. I doubt whether that would happen with Ponting. It is better that he retires from the international scene when people still laud his achievements.

  • Susmit on March 28, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    Giving the captaincy to Clarke at the moment is a big gamble. It maight pay off and he may become very succesful, but on the other hand, things could go awfully wrong. He is clearly not at his best as a batsman at the moment, so I think Ponting should continue at least till the end of the year and the captaincy should be handed over only when Clarke is ready, both as a captain and as a batsman.

  • JustAGame on March 28, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    @ Dharmendra Patri--read it carefully again. He has never said that Ponting was a bad cricketer/captain, what he is saying is, Ponting has reached his use-by date. Now in this argument history does not feature any where.---Personally I feel, CA and Ponting would crack a closed-door deal to assure Ponting's dignified exit.

  • trev_netural_view on March 28, 2011, 2:52 GMT

    Ian Chappell is need to understand that this team doesnt have Warn, Mcgrath, Hayden, Gilly and Mark Waugh no more and just give Pointing a break the man done some much for Aussie cricket..give him a break...and get a real Job Ian!!

  • Indianbeast on March 28, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    If Ponting goes then replaced by WHO? Clarke? NEVER he is the one who created this MESS! Look at his shot in Quarterfinals! Sack - Clarke, White, Kreza, Hussey Brothers, Tait- If Australia has talent fine, ELSE GO WITH migration policy - HIRE FROM OVERSEAS!

  • Browndog1968 on March 28, 2011, 2:21 GMT

    No Ian, moulding the new side he has had to endure, through attrocious selection policy is no mean feat. Fast bowlers who wouldn't know a good line if they were standing outside Madam Tussauds, club cricket spinners and an aging batting line up. Had ponting been given three young up and coming batsmen, Khawaja, Feguson and Ed Cowen and young disciplinned bowlers he would now be setting us up for a future, instead he is dealing with stop gap selection policy and having to try to drag the best out of a stale bunch. We all used to applaud Alan Border as Captain Grumpy and yet say that his steel was required to mould a young side. How soon we forget. Clarke would do no better unless we are prepared to start preparing for the future and I would rather Ponting in that job rather than Clarke.

  • on March 28, 2011, 2:17 GMT

    Man i feel sorry for Ricky Ponting, feel really sorry. He has fighting spirit, really hardworking, good spirit, and never gives up. He is a PATHAN if u know wat I mean. God bless this fine man :|

  • on March 28, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    Australian cricket history reeks of captains who were slaughtered on the altar of bad decisions. Ian has to accept that one man does not make a team. There is no Gilchrist, Hayden, Warne, or anyone to match our recent heroes in stature and class. Even Pointing is below par, but only as a batsman. As a skipper there is very little to criticise. We were simply not good enough on the day.

  • jimmyshell on March 28, 2011, 1:57 GMT

    This is in complete contradiction to what you said a couple of months ago - that Clarke's form meant that he was not in a position to take over as captain. Clarke averaged 8 against India at the end of 2010 and was very ordinary in the Ashes. He got into some OD form late in the series against India and then in the World Cup but OD form counts for nought when it comes to Tests. Ponting's time as a captain probably is up but if Clarke has failed to prove his long term position in the Test side then it hardly makes any sense to make him the captain.

  • Dr_SC on March 28, 2011, 0:59 GMT

    While we're at it. I think your commentary days are numbered too Mr Chappell. Try to be less biased and provocative towards everything Pakistani. It's really pathetic.

  • khalidSami on March 28, 2011, 0:58 GMT

    WC in the subcontinent was difficult for Australia to win without wicket taking spinners. The team did the best with the limited attack they had. I still think that Ponting is the best man to lead Australia. I think Ian Chappell is again mistaken, same way as only 40% of his 5 favourites team are in the Semi's. He considered the Aussie pace attack lethal to win the cup. I think sometimes when Eng / Aus play too long they forget there are other teams with superior batsmen and bowlers in subcontinent condition - and even their expert's mind is clouded. Therefore Ian just relax, let few days pass then make your decision.

  • crickethistory on March 28, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    It's easy to say that Ponting should step down as captain. But the question needs to be asked "Is Michael Clarke ready to take over the captaincy?" Does Ian Chappell recall his article on 30 January 2011 "The misery that is Michael Clarke". In this article Chappell correctly pointed out Clarke's poor form and that Clarke has gone 19 test innings without a century. In addition to poor form, I also have to question if Michael Clarke has the maturity to hold the highest position in the Country.

  • on March 28, 2011, 0:55 GMT

    Mr. Chappell...u had once suggested that Sachin should retire....since then he has scored around 15 international centuries including a 200 N.O. in a one dayer.....so it is high time u mind ur business and let players decide when they want to retire...

  • Markus971 on March 28, 2011, 0:08 GMT

    He had Fast Bowlers who couldn't Bowl a consistent Line! & X.Doherty go for 6 runs an over & 1 Wkt, an inconsistent no.6. Where? Adelaide! --As regards a short fuse?.. We all know, He has 'always' had one! --My opinion ,if Ricky is able to continue to score runs, he should keep the Captaincy going forward. If S.Watson can keep Fit, he may be used in Bowling spells of 7 or 8 overs Twice in a Day, giving Himself & the Team a better chance! With a M.Starc & a ?? The rebuild can continue!! --It doesn't have to be done the way Mr.I.Chappell says 'It Has To'.

  • Hari1951 on March 27, 2011, 23:59 GMT

    Ian - good article - yes it is time for him to step down, he can be a batsman, rather than being a captain. His attitude on the field is unaceptable. Clarke is cool and he deserves to be the leader. Shaun Tail too should be expelled for his behaviour on the field.

  • on March 27, 2011, 23:54 GMT

    It probably is time for Ponting to step down, but I'm not exactly sure Clarke's the man to take over.

  • on March 27, 2011, 23:49 GMT

    God, it must have been awful to be a player under Ian Chappell's captaincy, especially if his dressing room speeches were as bad as his journalism!

  • Benkl on March 27, 2011, 23:43 GMT

    Sorry Clarke should be dropped...never does anything when its needed and racks up runs in dead rubbers or vs minnows. A Captains knock dont think so , if you replace Ponting it should be Kattich at least NSW trust him to lead and not Clarke. White is probably the best and he could be a great batsman as he has lots of talent .. if the 20/20 money al;lows.

  • 2deep on March 27, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    In spite of his latest century, Ponting should know his time is up. He is 36 years old, and has shown signs of slowing down, his reflexes are not the same. that is clearly evident in the way he is getting out. There is one way he can prolong his career. Retire from all One day and T20 cricket. This will enable Michael Clark to gain some experience as a captain. Later on, give up his position as captain of the Test team and just play as batsman. To regain his form as a batsman, he has to give up on all low percentage extravagant shots and concentrate only on the deliveries which are in line with the stumps. Stop playing shots outside the off stump, just play in the "V". Once he starts accumulating runs, he will regain his confidence and form. Thats what Sachin did a few tears ago, and we are seeing the results.

  • spin_king4 on March 27, 2011, 23:27 GMT

    To all the indian fans who continually degrade pontings achievments by saying its easy to captian a side with the likes of warne/mcgrath etc let me ask you this question why has indian captians not had the same level of success???? i mean look at their team for most of the decade tenduklar, dravid, ganguly, laxman, sehwag, kumble, harbhajan, zaheer(for part), pathan etc. if you look at this batting line un (easily the best in the world) and combine it with 2 of the best spinners in the world(in ome conditions that suit spinners) and decent fast bowlers how come they do not have a record even close to ponting???

  • on March 27, 2011, 23:22 GMT

    Bad article Ian. Ponting is still a great player and captain. Ponting has given two World Cups and many other glories to the Australians. Tell me Ian, what was your contribution behind the Australian side? Did you able to provide your country more success than Ponting?

  • Nerk on March 27, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    The problem with Ponting is that he doesn't deserve his place in the team on batting form. He has hardly scored a run in the WC, apart from one innings. But one from seven is not good enough for a number three. His ashes series was atrocious, he could hardly get bat on ball. And a similar story has been played out every test or one day series over the last few years. Ponting will get one score in the entire series and everyone will claim it is a 'new dawn' for his career. Like that 200 against Pakistan. That summer the Windies and Pakistan didn't let Ponting score a run, which put the rest of the team under intense pressure. Same in the last two series against England. Whether Clarke is 'mature' enough to captain is debateable, certainly on current form he has gone backwards, but Ponting has to go.

  • funkyandy on March 27, 2011, 22:39 GMT

    I Like Chappell, but he loves to pin his colours to the mast over an issue. Two years ago - he confidently predicted JP Duminy would soon be the main man for SA... not AB? not Amla?? Anyway, Ponting's a legend of the game - he should choose when he stops, hopefully not now.

  • Ozcricketwriter on March 27, 2011, 22:05 GMT

    I shudder to think what will happen to Australian cricket if Michael Clarke is in charge. Please lets put White in.

  • on_the_level on March 27, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    It's now time for Cricket Australia to wash their hands of Ricky!

  • on March 27, 2011, 21:09 GMT

    pointing is not a great captain, he was privileged to have a team filled with exceptional players, as soon as those players left Aus their rating went down. Its time for him to step down from the post, give someone else a chance.

  • Pak-King on March 27, 2011, 20:17 GMT

    ian chappell should Learn from the captaincy of Afridi, the team was down n out with so many stigmas but yet the captain inspired to glory,i know chappel is biased and against the pakistan and especially Afridi but still if u want to advise your captain show the example of afridi to him.

  • SrikanthReddi on March 27, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    Mr.Mirror Man is back again with his sword up. The same fellow has asked Sachin to look into mirror and retire 5 years before. May be this fellow doesn't like the greats of game since they have achieved much more that what he did. It is time for you to offer constructive criticism rather than bashing Ponting. My mirror says it is time for you to retire from cricket commentary. Grow up or Grow down !

  • on March 27, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    If Ricky Ponting can give his captaincy away and play as a batsman that is the best for australian cricket . He and Graeme Smith are very temperamental and for them it is much harder when they loose. Ricky is still australia's best batsman by a fair distance and can perform even better if he gets rid of captaincy and concentrate on his batting and fielding. I m not sure whether clarke is a good candidate either coz he is also of the same kind . In my personal opinion i would like to see Brett Lee as aussie captain one of the most gentle sport persons "Australia" ever produced

  • on March 27, 2011, 20:04 GMT

    If ponting and smith should resign from captaincy, then dhoni is the 1st person who should be thrown out from the indian team..

  • tushmath on March 27, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    Everyone keeps talking about Michael Clarke being ready since he has "matured"..but has he? the shot he played against India in the quarters was the most atrocious shot under the circumstances..is he really ready?????

  • on March 27, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    Well Ponting captained the team when players like Hayden,Warne, Mc Grath, Gilchrist and Bevan were there. So, Australia were able to create records with such a great legendary players. After their retirement Australia were wanting a good spinner which they were not able to get and that is why in subcontinental conditions Ponting strategies did not work out. I did not think Australia lost the quarterfinals due to bad performance but India's outstanding batting. Ponting must be given chance and removing him as captain is not fair. Ian Chappell might think Clarke is better but his batting is very pathetic from very long time and at this stage if captaincy is given to clarke then it will take a lot of time for him to come into good batting form and this will be not good for the team.

  • SnowSnake on March 27, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    It is a matter of how a person views the data. Ponting is also the worst captain who led to fastest fall in Australia's ICC test ranking from #1 to #5. If he continues to stay as Australia's captain, his captainship record will continue to get worse. Keep him and Hussey for another 4 years and Australia will not even get to quarter finals of the world cup.

  • skhv2959 on March 27, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    What Mr. Chappell makes sense but I think he is being pessimistic. He said Sachin should retire in 2007, 4 years ago and Sachin is probably playing his best cricket now and far better than anyone else in the world.Even though this is a very tough time for Ricky Ponting, its time like these that can produce some extra-ordinary results. There are two ways for Ponting to think. Either he can say I am tired, I have proved I am a good player and captain and so I am gonna bow out and I will still be remembered as the best. Or he can say, 'how memorable would it be if I motivate the team, perform better and bring Australia back to the number one test rankings?' I am not commenting on Ponting's ability here, I am just saying that, if ever Ponting decides to continue, and the intention behind it is correct, then we may see something special and if there is a slight chance of that something special happening, I dont want to miss out on that. Its one of the reasons why we watch cricket.Isnt it?

  • on March 27, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    if ponting is a great captain, by that analogy buchanan is the greatest coach ever. anyone can captain and coach a side which has players like mcgrath/lee/warne/hayden/gilchrist etc

  • on March 27, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    This fellow Chapppel just dont know what he is talking about. Ponting is still a good player. You cant always win WCUPs and ashes..

    He GOT you Two WCUPS what else you guys want man....

  • arvin on March 27, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    ponting time was up few years ago but greed of aussies to get batting records held by sachin let them keep ponting playing ... and even now they will let ponting continue playing until his body refuses or he break sachin's batting records in next 10-12 years...

  • deegowd on March 27, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    I agree that Ponting is not the best captain in business and the question of his use-by date as a player is questionable as well. But look at the options: Pup? He is not confident and firm enough to lead Australia into a world-champion side. We all saw how good he is against the English, when Ponting was injured. Haddin? He is brash and under-cooked. CA's best bet would be Cameron White, but they need to nurture him as a future captain for a while when Ponting is still around and give him 2 years before the next world cup. Maybe after 2013 Ashes...

  • Peter_Walters on March 27, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    I think it is time for Ponting to step down as a captain. While I respect Ponting's honest statements off the field, his on-field behavior is lot be desired. He comes out as a very dishonest sportsman on the field. His captaincy is on par with Azharuddin. He relied a lot on his luck. As a batsmen, I feel he his another flat track bully. He can't play on spinning and swinging tracks. However, given that most tracks as are batsmen friendly, I feel he has a lot to offer as a batsmen. While I agree that his century the other day was a very courageous one, let us not forget that Dhoni gave him too many singles in the beginning and let him settle down. Any other captain would have got him out cheaply, considering his form. One thing I admire in Ponting is that he is gracious in defeat.

  • Upekha on March 27, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    Ponting is an overrated captain who lost 3 ashes series's!! No other captain would get that luxury - lucky for him Clarke was not ready to take over. He also lost a home series to South Africa and never beat India. He mouths off at players who don't walk on taking the word of fielders but doesn't do the same himself. Anil Kumble showed what integrity was all about to Ponting. Also bowling North at the last English pair in a test was a joke!

    Forget the statistics he had not respect as a captain from the opposition, fans or the umpires. Waugh or Border for me! It's all good to want to win at all costs - but you cant be a bad sport and loser at the same time. The way he gets frustrated at his own players is a disgrace. When Ponting was 'deemed' injured for the final ashes test in Sydney he still turned up to the dressing room in Clarke's first test as captain? Say What?

    Ponting will go down as one of the all time greatest batsmen - but as a captain he was overrated and not respected.

  • on March 27, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    ponting is disappointing and time has come for him to depart...

  • TrueFactors on March 27, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Only those people has right to talk about Greats like Ponting, Lara or SRT, who has equal or better records compare to those players. People need to learn this before criticizing them. Particularly, these chappell brothers... They were and are not equal to even these players' shoes. If SRT or Lara will say about Ponting, I will hear them.

  • on March 27, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    On the principle that the captain's place in the side should be unchallengeable (eg Bradman, Benaud, Hutton, May, Strauss), I don't think Clarke qualifies on recent form. Punter's hundred against Pakistan shows he can still deliver as a player as well as a captain.

  • sircha on March 27, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    Ponting should continue as Test Captain..

  • on March 27, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    Dudes Ian Chappel goind hard on Ponting.................Ponting hav to lead Aus

  • zero_knowledge on March 27, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    ponting the captain might not be in his best.. but ponting the batsman still has soemthing to offer.. don't listen to ian chappell.. he is always highly opinionated and sees everything in black and white and always choose to ignore everything in between..

  • wills123 on March 27, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    Will you tell him to "LOOK AT THE MIRROR and ask HIMSELF 'Is it the time'.

    Thw whole world will say "YES". But PONTING ANDYOU SAY "NO"

  • Aussasinator on March 27, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    Chappel says Ponting's only aim always was to win the match. I beg to differ hugely. In the last 3 years, his only aim was to score runs for himself, fret over it if he didnt and take out his anger on teammates, opposition players, etc. Now it is visible that senior players like watson, Clarke etc. are unable to withstand him and younger players feel intimidated and are unable to play their natural game. The No 3 slot has turned out to be the biggest weakness of Australian batting. The captaincy always was the weakness anyway.

  • sashi24 on March 27, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    you said the same for sachin before a few years.. and u know sayign it for ponting. Ian u were never a legend so let ponting decide wat he shd do. Im sure he will make a come back.

  • on March 27, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    Good article Ian. this is the best time to declare his retirement from international cricket

  • anilkp on March 27, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    Contd: And, the two Phils, North, White not being in runs is also his fault. Fasst bowlers' unlerning the tricks and deserting the desire to take wickets is also his Ponting's fault. Awsome! First, your entire nation failed to see that the big guns were ageing (you thought they were blessed with some mystic concoction to keep going for millenia). And, second, even if your nation felt the big guns might take rest, it was confident that the freshers were as big a guns as the ones they were replacing! Brilliant again. Delision or self-deception will not find a better home. There is still a way ahead to rebuild a mighty team: 1) continue with an inspiring captain (Ponting), 2) Restructure domestic set-up to bring out the best competitors, 3) Redo the entire set-up of admistrators-selectors-coaches, 4) Instil in the mind of the people that you are indeed defeatable, this will prevent complacency, and 5) Let experience mingle with freshness continuously: steady exit and entry; no mass exit.

  • on March 27, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    I think what ever may be situation, ponting not always be a good captain.. capatinship doesnt mean wining, it has lot of stuffs to offer to new comers. Just look as example of steve,alllan etc.. They are good captain that all world still feeling tht they shud b playing.. As a person he needed to learn a lot.

    Good Bye ponting I wil say...

  • on March 27, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    Ricky Pointing captained the team in 2003...won the world cup....and in 2007...i think he is the only captain who has two world cup titles...he should be allowed to go in his own time...

  • anilkp on March 27, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    I have sent my views thrice in last week that were not published by Cricinfo, Ian, and I am writing again for you. It is a shame how naively you blame a captain. If the batters do not score runs, bowlers do not take wickets and fielders do not latch on to the flying balls, what a captain can do? You guys are setting up review panels comprising of other Aussie greats who would try to discover whay the state of Aussie cricket is so sorry today. I cannot believe you guys can be such an awful lot. You Aussies think it takes Border-Taylor-Waaugh to do the postmorten, right? I can only pity you nunch. A kid knows that a mass exodus as the Aussie team experienced is near fatal, and it did happen to Aussie cricket before, from which no lessons were learnt. That IS the single factor that led to the Austrailian downfall. And, that is the simple truth that your entire nation's thinktank cannot see. And you say new spinners not taking wickets is because Ponting failed to norture them! Brilliant!

  • on March 27, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    Chappell is hanging the leader because of failure of selector to select players that can perform. Even though I don't like Pointing, I still feel he is currently the best player in the Australian side and a better captain that Mr. Clarke. Its the team that has let Pointing down. It's just like if you have a choice between Munaf, Nehra and Shre whom will you pick, ideally none of them but you have to fill in a spot so pick who is less pathetic. Other than Watson, Lee, Haddin and Pointing rest of the team is pathetic. I have not seen a single teen in the Australian team since a long time. The selectors need to blood in young player especially batsman. Pointing was 20-21 years old when he was blooded in the team and see how he has blossomed. Don't waste talent by letting them more exposure in domestic circuit. Domestic cricket is good but over exposure tends to bring down class in the player. Its like you put an outstanding student in a group of average student, he will become average.

  • prashant1 on March 27, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    Ponting has had a great 4/5 years in the mid 2000s in an otherwise good to mediocre rest of career. Even his recent century was slow enough in the beginning to put immense pressure on first Haddin, then Clarke,Hussey,White to score fast. Time Ponting goes.

  • ZCFOutkast on March 27, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    Aus A coming to Zim soon - too many List A players selected, be careful, we'll definitely give you a run for you money! I'd love to see Ponting go on as a cricketer but only in tests. I think he should retire from ODIs and give up the captaincy to Clarke. He should drop down the order in tests to 4, but remain as captain. I can't see anyone in that team issuing instructions to Ponting - they idolise and respect him too much. So do I/so would I. Either that or he retires completely. Let him decide when he wants to vacate captaincy of the test side. He's earned that right. Clarke included, I can't see anyone who would have done better over the recent past or will do better than him in the near future.

  • Sandeep_Jakhar on March 27, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    1. Who's been the best Australian captain so far? 2. Who's the leading cricketer (in terms of record holding) for Australia. 3. Who has won the most number of world cups as a captain? 4. Is there any other cricketer who is a captain along with a record such as pointing holds? 5. Was that Pointing who did not perform in this world cup or the whole team apart from some good innings from Shane Watson, Brad Haddin, And Dj Hussey . Pointing's 100 was the most impressive among them if think neutral . 6. Wasn't there any other cricketer in history who lost his form and regained after some time? 7. Was that only Pointing who could not perform well or was that the whole of the team that didn't perform well consistently? 8. I think these awards will tell you about Punters performance. ICC Player of the Year - 2006,2007 ICC Test Player of the Year - 2003, 2004, 2006 One-Day International Player of the Year - 2002 Allan Border Medal - 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009 Wisden Cricketer of the Year - 2006

  • Tiptop32 on March 27, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    I do agree with Ian Chappel. This is the time for Ponting to resign from captaincy and leave the charge to Clarke. By not voluntarily resigning he is doing a big disservice to his illustrious carrier and injustice to Australian cricket. However he should continue as a player. He is now pushing Australian selectors to the brink, there is no choice for them except to take over captaincy from Ponting which will be a shame to the great player.

  • on March 27, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Punter, cheer up. The same wrote SRT off in 2007, and now see... Ponting is a class player and he can bounce back, if he can analyze and personalize his playing style like Sachin did. I believe it's time that Ponting should give Clarke the captaincy and drop down to the middle order to strengthen it. Clarke should start batting one down. Ian, players like Ponting know their cricket far better than you do. You have done it once, and you are doing it again.

  • Unifex on March 27, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    Sai, the numbers are: from 2004 to 2007 (up to the retirement of McGrath, Warne, Langer and Martyn, but before the retirement of Gilly and Hayden), the team won 36 out of 51 games with 10 draws ; from then til now they've won 21 out of 43 with 8 draws; since Gilly and Haydos both went (Hayden ws the last, Jan 2009), the team's won 12 of 25 with 4 draws. So, big difference with two of the greatest bowlers of all time in the same team, but less so with the greatest wicket keeper-batsman and a top opener. Bowlers win games, as the Ashes showed.

  • PROTEAFAN on March 27, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    Michael Clarke, please, he was one of the main reasons they lost the Ashes, and he also couldn't stand up and be counted when it mattered in the World Cup. He was also schooled by Ponting, so what new ideas will he bring, and could he captain Ponting? I honestly don't see how Clarke even deserves a spot in the team, let alone be earmarked for captaincy. The irony is, his inclusion is probably due to Ponting, who clearly favours the man and is willing to include his buddies at the expense of Australian cricket while throwing out players like Symonds who probably could have won them the World Cup. If for no other reason, Pontings leanings towards nepotism means he must relinquish the captaincy.

  • krkvarma on March 27, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    Ponting is a legend. No one has a right to comment such a great legend. A game cant be won by a single person be it a captian or a player. Cricket is a team game.

    He has made australia great. Remember he won world cup two times.

    Salute the Great legend. Its the time to support Ricky Ponting.

  • on March 27, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    Ponting may be not the best captain but still you can't get a better batsman cum a fielder in Australia. It has been the tradition in Australia that once you captain the side you do not play under another captain where as other countries do not have this rule. It has worked for Australia.

  • dsig3 on March 27, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    Well I think he will be remembered as the most successful captain of his time. Someone who captained two world cup victories and played in a third. The best Aussie bat of the modern era. He didnt win have alot of success with the ashes though. These are the things that generations will know about him not how well he did in the last tournament mate.

  • abuu_cricinfo on March 27, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    You've hit the nail on its head Ian. Let his form with his bat decide his place in the side, but he has to step down as a captain before the selectors make this decision for him.

  • on March 27, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    The same Ian,during the ashes 2011, had said that clarke isnt ready to take up the task of captaining the aussie side ...just cant understand what change he has seen in clarke in well less than 6 months.....!!!!

  • on March 27, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    I agree with Mr. Chand. Both the Chappell brothers have made comments that bordered on the ridiculous. Ponting still has much to offer. Changiing him now is one of the worst things Aussie selectors can do

  • dinosaurus on March 27, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    Sai Santhosh,

    If "Ponting's" winning record was just as good without Warne, Langer, Hayden and Gilchrist what would that prove? The answer: that those players didn't make any difference. And I think most people would not agree! Ian Chappell's analysis is a lot better than yours!!

  • iBilal on March 27, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    I had great admiration for Mr. Chappell, but lately he has lost his touch as the incisive analyst and given himself up to the jingoistic Aussie fan in himself, disgruntled with fall of Australian Domination of Cricket. Finger pointing at Punter, Afridi is his routine now... even most of his predictions went wrong in last few years. I wish Mr. Chappell comes back to his former self

  • on March 27, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    well said "comparison betweeb ponting and clinton"

  • mathewsphy1 on March 27, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    Ian Chappel told his daughter will coach better than what Buchanan did It was Buchanan and Ponting who won two world cups with out Shane warne in tough conditions. You look all the semifinals they scored less in turning wickets. Under Buchanan and ponting they won series in India. when Neilson take over as coach, they lost first match with Zimbabwe with all mcgrath and world cup winning squad(invisible). Great Buchanan and Ponting made australia a great team from a good team. 1999 world cup they were not invisible they won with luck most of the time under steven waugh. But next two world cups, they played great games (invisible) After Buchanan the team is slowly decaying in everything . Neilsen should go. Please Chappel should not tell like a biased person. Ponting is burdened .

  • IMObserver on March 27, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    Ponting's time as captain was probably up two years back, though as a player he may have another two years to go. This time Australia botched up the transition pretty badly. Too some extent that was a consequence of arrogance of organization that had a extraordinary team mainly due to accident rather than their as a consequence of their performance. Ponting's success also was similar. CA was an enterprise without a succession plan. I bet any other organization will not do any better either; West Indiese is probably another example. It's just a basic human fraility. There is always this phrase "leading from the front". Sounds good but is false. Performance of captain should be judged by what he can get out of mediocre memebers rather than throw the ball to McGrath or Warne. Daniel Vettori is probably better captain.

  • on March 27, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    ian chappell is now way near to criticize people like sachin or even ponting they are people who might be younger than him but never ever in there life they have played poorer than chappell ,in an era of distractions they have stood up and played and not ask a younger bro to bowl under arm!!

  • on March 27, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    youve lost it ricky, goodbye, try scoring some runs if you plan to stay and try to exhibit a smile every now and then, PUP might do well, I think Haddin would do better, he should be the next captian, plenty oif time for slash in air through point regularly Clarke to be the captain

  • HawK89 on March 27, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    Ponting should be the Test side captain and that is where he should play and retire from ODIs. Clarke's field placements in Test Matches are not great and doesn't show any imagination or bait for a test batsmen to get to. If Ponting leaves from all cricket, AUS test rankings will drop faster than their ODI rank.

  • jay203 on March 27, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    exactly what I would expect from Ian chappel.. just think about all the matched Autrlian team has won under his captaincy

  • on March 27, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    Na, Ian not fair. Pointing has still along way to go. I think the Australian's Cricket Board does not believe in supporting their players during their adverse time. He still has an year or so as Captain. Clarke may be a good player but one cant see that leadership quality. I think ACB will fall flat on their face if Clarke leads the international team. Though the series win against England in one days is exceptional but still he does not have that killer instinct like Steve Waugh, Mark Taylor, Pointing or Dhoni. Sorry Ian I disagree. Pointing is the best and will be the best and I rank him above all the captains in WC.

  • HeshRu on March 27, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    that was really shame on you Mr. Ian Chappell...Dnt you remember that Ricky Pontings captaincy on year 2003 ,2007 was lead Australia to win the World Cup Twice and he keep Australia with more than 80% Winning Strike with his great Captaincy. World Cup was loose Australia because of not his faults as your analysis.because most of the Australians are out of form.

    if you think to make captain as M. Cleark .this would not be a great decision i just remember the match against Sri Lanka Vs Australia on MCG 2010. michel Cleake even cannot lead his team to a victory Sri Lanka falls 8 wickets to a 112.

    So Mr.ian chappell please respect to people first . i just remember his another statement to a Sachin tendulkar for retirement on those days. now what you said about that Mr. Ian Chappell?

  • on March 27, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    Clarke can never fill Ponting's shoes. Clarke has not been the man to take over the captaincy ever since he fell apart after his break up with Lara Bingle. Sorry, but he has not proven to be a strong, stand up performer who can be looked to when the chips are down and our backs are against the wall.

    Ponting has been reliable for years. He is the man to stand up when we're in trouble and carve out the genuine 'Captain's Knock'. Clarke cannot do this, he has shown he cannot do this. He plays fine when everything is fine (in his life and in the world) but he can't do it when it's tough - this is not the type of person who should be leading a team - ESPECIALLY when the team is going through a low period.

    Clarke as captain will only take Australia down further than we already are. Chappell is an idiot if he thinks it's the right time to fill Ponting's shoes - Clarke will never fill Ponting's shoes.

  • Clyde on March 27, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    So, we all know who the next captain will be, and the news must be about the captain after that.

  • on March 27, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    I think Ricky Ponting should not go. Australia's recent loss in the recent series is because, they have lost tremendous amount of talent. It is not Ricky Ponting's fault that the board lost two players 1. bracken and 2. Symo at their prime. It is not his fault that Clarke, himself were out of form during the Ashes. and the selection of Steve Smith??? The current crop of bowlers are totally useless. Any captain is only as good as his players. They need rebuilding. It does not have to start with the captain, because he is the best batsmen they have as of now. Maybe he can play like Sachin as only a batsman, but that should be his decision. Just do not over work Ponting... He needs focus on his priority.

  • on March 27, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    @gopi chand : toally agree with you there mate!

  • LazyPlayer on March 27, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    It might be the right time for Ponting to go. But I am not sure, Michael Clarke is the right replacement for him. As a batsman, Michael Clark seems to be in the Damien Martyn mold. He can hold one end up, when stroke makers are making runs at the other end, but doesn't have the caliber to play match winning innings in any of the 3 formats, be in T20 (from which he thankfully retired), ODIs or even test cricket. He is at best a part time bowler, who might sometimes be able to get 1-2 wickets, but could never be treated as a allrounder. As a fielder, he is just average and there's no particular run-out of catch that comes to mind while talking to him. It looks to me, that he would have been struggling to retain his place in the side, had he not been tagged as the next captain in the waiting by cricket pundits. I don't think captaincy should go to a player whose form is always in doubt. Its time for Aussies to ponder over who should replace Ponting and rather than when to replace him!

  • genigemi on March 27, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    with all due respect to Mr. Ian chapple i would request him to be gentle in his words and wise in his thinking. All the time i read his articles on some controversial issues he looks a little too harsh unnecessarily. Which from my point of view finds him trying to be more authoritative. He is the man who throughout ponting's career has always been standing on the back of him to support him and proving him the best the cricket had produced in Australia in recent times. But now when he needs similar supports Mr. Ian has suddenly changed his gears and started yelling at him. For around 6 months now it looks as if Ponting is fighting Chapple's propaganda more than his own shaky performance. This is all due to Mr. Ian's negative approach towards the 2nd most successful captain in history behind only Mr LLoyd.

  • Ellis on March 27, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    A more charitable assessment from Chappell than some of his all-knowing media colleagues. Nobody can make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Ponting cannot suddenly turn out high class spinners. The talent has to exist in the first place, and then be nurtured by experience, opportunity, and the supporting infrastructure.For example, despite media pundits presenting him as the second coming, Steve Smith is a tyro at leg spin bowling. He needs much more skill and experience to develop into a high class bowler. Australians should quit believing that every new leg spinner is another Warne. He was a very special talent. Clarke has as of yet shown very little evidence that he is a better captain than Ponting.Change for the sake of change will not do the trick. Ponting is still a great batsman and has the presence and skill to carry Australian cricket forward over the next few years. Despite their illusions to the contrary, Australians are not destined to win every cricket match they play.

  • on March 27, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    one of the best australian captain will be missed if he steps down.Ponting is the best captain and a good player.

  • on March 27, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    Ponting`s time is not over,it was his team that let him down not ponting,look at the worldcup performances,no aussie batsman scored a hundred except ponting.middle order totally failed. cameron white was the useless player in the aussie middle order.i still think ponting has got what it takes to be the captain of australia

  • on March 27, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    I throughly agree wit hmr.Gopichand.. Ian Chappell had made similar remarks about Sachins future a few years back.. At times old cricketers try too desperately to fit in their wisdom into unnecessary situations and force players into retirement... Ponting has always been a class above most of the other players ( maybe sachin might be the only player that can be rated higher ) ; so he knows very well when the right time is to step down and also regarding retirement

  • on March 27, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    I completely Agree..It's Clarke's time now.But Ricky Ponting,in my opinion was one of the greatest captains ever if we consider his tenure from 2003-2010.

  • Adil100 on March 27, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    Ian Chappell has definitely reached his own 'sell by' date as a cricket expert, as his irrational attacks on Shahid Afridi show. However, his assessment re Ricky Ponting is 'on the spot'. Ponting has become quite un-Australian in his defensiveness as a captain. However, he is a genuine Aussie hero and will be of much more value as a senior player (a'la Younus Khan or Tendulkar) to a Clarke led Aussie team.

  • on March 27, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    Ricky Ponting is such a legend he should not beg anyone to keep his place and the Captaincy, hes a class above. He was right saying that its up to the selectors to decide on his future, but I think he should give up his captaincy nw cos Clarke is no more a dow eyed school boy, hes a seasoned campaigner now and its the perfect time for him to take over as hes 28 now that means till Clark turns 35 Australia do not need to look for any other options in leaders.

    Also I really think like Tendulkar found his purple patch, Ponting will also find his if he had less pressure as a Captain, and he still is Australia's best batsman by a margin. I just hope Selectors Keep him in the side atleast for 3 more years cos he still has a lot to offer for Australia Cricket...and for any Cricket fan its a pure joy watching him bat!!..

  • dev_000 on March 27, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    OOOhhhh!!! This is the mirror in the wall article for ponting. This should spur him on as it did to Sachin. :)

  • Khuram76 on March 27, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    There is some thing fundamentally wrong with Australian cricket. Australia has got one of the best domestic cricketing infrastructure, best training, coaching and players grooming facilities. I am so surprised that Australia couldn't produce a decent spinner after Shane Warne or a decent fast bowler after Glen McGrath, Batting prospect doesn't look very flash either. I blame cricket elders in Australia, people like you Ian. How disgustingly biased were your comments during Pak V Aus match, same attitude for some reason is being applied in your domestic cricket. Hodgie from Victoria has been most prolific domestic batsman but poor guy got handful of games yet on the other hand players like Steve Smith are playing in national team just because he is from NSW. Ian thinks he is a very good player, let me tell you Ian his batting is a technical failure, and as far as bowling is concern i can name about 50 spinner of his calibre playing Indian domestic or IPL. No wonder Australia failing

  • graebags on March 27, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    Ian is right - Ponting should go before he is dragged away. Australia had a long-serving Prime Minister who couldn't give it up when he should, John Howard, and it didn't end happily! The very skills that make some leaders successful - things like single-mindedness, determination, self-belief - they become liabilities when the leader is at the point where they need to go. In the past it was done with Border & Waugh, and now the selectors need to be strong with Ponting.

  • YadavAjay on March 27, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    I just don't like Ian chapell and it is due to obvious reasons. He said about sachin after 2007 CWC that his time is over and leave the place to youngsters. Now see where is Sachin and read chapell's comments about him. I would say chapell always comments after seeing just current record...I strongly think give ponting a little more time and he will show what a captain should be although he has proved this for a long period of time....

  • AB99 on March 27, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    Ricky Ponting's time as a captain is up ... he was any ways an incorrect choice as a captain and it has taken the Aussies 7-8 years to confirm the same after loosing three Ashes, Carlton and United Series vs India in 2008, World #1 ranking in test cricket and the world cup. What more proof you need to replace him as a captain. Ponting wants a Sachin like "second innings" - but then the Indian selectors had faith in SRT which may not be the case with Ricky Ponting. It is a sad end to a great batsman. Ponting has to look at Warne, McGrath, Langer and Gilly amongst others to leave when you are remembered as a icon of success. I hope Ricky learns to sign off NOW when some pople will say "Why" (for the batsman) and not say "Why Not".

  • backwardpoint on March 27, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Typically, once Ian tells someone is past his use by date, they get into the form of their lives. Atleast the champions. Heres hoping that Ponting makes another 2000 runs in all forms of cricket that he plays before he bows down. Must be fitting. Captain again - I am not too sure. I am slowly beginning to doubt his captaincy too - he used to be a much better captain earlier - but that might prob be because he had a great team earlier... but a few silly mistakes of his when he has a much lesser quality team leaves a bad taste in the mouth - mind you, all this wouldnt have looked like it was bad with the 2000's team that he had. So, I will grudgingly have to admit that his time as captain is over. The most important qn now is: will CA overlook precedence and select Ponting as a player under a different captain. I have never seen CA do that till date. Should be a very interesting few days, indeed.

  • hathraswallah on March 27, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    Turn off the light Party is over Is it not amazing that England, Australia, South Africa are all out. The place which started Cricket are now good for Rugby only.

  • shramiac1 on March 27, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    Geez!Who is he going to pass the captaincy over to? Clarke?Is Clarke's spot in the team even safe? When the real heat is on,Clarke melts! Ricky's WC innings will be the start of another chapter in Ricky's career just as Sachin did a couple of years back! Move down the order just like Greg Chappell did and Ricky may even be good enough for the next WC! Sure he showed signs of frustration the last few months.But look at the bowling attack that has been selected for Australia too. Non wicket taking bowlers, bowlers who are said to be "one in a generation" who can't even land the ball on the pitch let alone keep the seam upright!? Now with hopefully the removal of selector Hilditch and coach Neilsen, the REAL re-building of Australian cricket can begin! And with Ricky leading the charge grooming a new captain's apprentice! Most likely Watson! Ian also remember Ricky's "antics" paled in comparison to what happened during the 70s! You & Doug Walters would never have been selected today!!

  • 5wombats on March 27, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    Hi @_Witty - we meet again! I don't think Ponting has a good effect on the people around him - and it's not in the mans nature to play second fiddle. I understand that a refusal to be beaten can be a top motivator - but sometimes a player has to know the right time - or run the risk of having someone come and explain it. It wouldn't be right for Ponting to hang around now. He has to retire and leave the team. Australia has to move on.

  • on March 27, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    It will the best time for Australian cricket to replace a LOST captain RICKY POINTING, he has got enough time to re-collect his team after they have been losing matches over the last 18 months. They were never playing as defending champions in the WC 2011.

  • woompaloompa on March 27, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    The only problem with Punter is that he is hoping to emulate Tendulkar's recent success. The reality is there for everyone including himself to see. He can't cling on on hope itself and cite Sachin's case each time there is a discussion.

  • on March 27, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    Michael Clarke's own recent performances have hardly been inspiring.

    His and Mike Hussey's failure against India is what stopped australia from posting a higher total and potentially winning the match.

    Ian has a recent history of lambasting Ponting including his jan 5 article about Ponting being in the australian dressing room during the first day's play against England.

    Ian maybe it's time you retired son, seems your opinions are aging.

  • kazam_razaq on March 27, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    I agree to IAN but the problem with australian cricket at the moment is the TALENT CRISIS there r not too many talented cricketers in australia at the moment to replace Punter.he should quit captaincy but play cricket for 2 years more & he will be a much better player when burdened off captaincy. Australia make this mistake before when Mcgrath and Warne retired at a same time and after a series or two success of Siddle,Johnson and Hilfenhaus they threw Stuart Clark out of the team when he can lead the attack for a year or two persist with Hauritz & O'keefe as their spinners and replace Phil Hughes with some good technically sound opener at the top

  • on March 27, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Champion cricketer..Make no mistake about it..

  • on March 27, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    i think ponting removal from captain will not solve and australia will not have such a captain , well i will say true captain in at least one decades. for ausie ponting is dream man to lead autralia , man who always think positive. Best of luck ricky.

  • on March 27, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    I still believe Ponting has a lot of Cricket and Leadership skills in him & should continue, given ACB doesn't shack him. Even it happens Ponting, I think, will continue to play as a player and that is what he should do for he still is a class act and can win matches single handedly. Honestly there r not much players in world who come closer to his rank, so, Australia needs him.

  • boris6491 on March 27, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    @ Sai Santhosh - Any captain would experience a significant decline in their wins after losing the group of legends you mentioned. What Ian Chappell is trying to imply is that considering the fact that Ponting has had to reform this group after losing all those legends, he has still done a reasonable, if not spectacular job. He is a tough minded individual and has given his heart and soul to rehabilitating this team. Sure, it hasn't worked out as he would have liked but you can't keep winning forever. I think his last innings against India would be a perfect way for him to sign off. He is a legend, his stats are only inferior to those of Bradman and Tendulkar, two anomalies in cricket history. I don't think he has received even half the accolades he deserves. As much as he has done for Australian cricket, I do not feel he has more to offer. The difficulty for the selectors is that although Clarke's ability as a captain is not doubtful, his seniority as a player and batsman is.

  • Jeyganesh on March 27, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    Anybody who have captained a team with Mcgrath, Warne, Gilchrist would have ended with the same winning percentage as Ponting. The captain must inspire the team like a Border or a Arjuna Ranatunga and to some extent Ganguly. Unfortunately Ponting didnt have these characteristics. The last WC innings against India was the one which might have inspired his team mates. He is a great player but not a great captain.

  • soumyas on March 27, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    i wud say PONTING was successful as captain becuase of gr8 players like Gilchrist,Hayden,Symmonds,Bevan,McGrath,Warne....he himself was is gr8 form too, Now in their absence he is simply not able to win matches even with his come back form...if a team is winning even a ordinary captain looks like gr8, i think now Australia have to rejuvenate themselves, they should go for new bloods now, Its time for Ponting and Bret Lee to retirement from their Honored careers. They will be remembered as gr8s in cricketing history....no doubt abt their ability....

    -good luck

  • sundarb on March 27, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    Going by Gideon Haigh's remark that Punter is living Border's career in reverse, it implies without explicitly stating that Punter never grew into the captaincy role. He became the captain in 2004 after Waugh's retirement as a natural successor. But Waugh left a team that was dominating world cricket. Every player in the team understood his game inside out. They knew their strengths, had excellent individual plans on how to go about their game and were able to execute them consistently. Punter really did not have to do anything with the team until January 2007, which ended in a super-high of an England whitewash 5-0. In fact, he was spoilt as a captain. Once the batting & bowling legends retired, it has been a huge downfall for him as a captain. The problem is that he lacks innovative thinking, when he doesn't have huge talent in his team. So yes - he should stay as a player, but I think he should step aside and let some one else take the lead. Fresh blood is always good for leadership

  • on March 27, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    whatever happens,he will always be the captain the Cricket world ever had !

  • Something_Witty on March 27, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    It is definitely the time for him to pass on the captaincy to Pup, but I think he still has something to offer Australian sides with the bat. The most sensible course for him would be to drop down to 5 or 6 and strengthen the middle order, while putting less pressure on himself, and handing over the captaincy worries to a younger, fresher mind.

  • on March 27, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    I think the point ian said about ponting's high sucees rate as captain even after retirement of australia's star players are wromg.One should compare his captaincy record when mcragth warne langer hayden and gilly were there and then the rate of his winning percentage after their retirement...

  • Kamalakantameher on March 27, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    Good article Mr.Ian.Clerke should be lead Aus team from now.Ponting's time is over.

  • on March 27, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    Couple of years ago Mr. Chappell predicted that Tendulkar reached his use-by date. Now Mr. Chappell using his wisdom on Ponting!

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  • on March 27, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    Couple of years ago Mr. Chappell predicted that Tendulkar reached his use-by date. Now Mr. Chappell using his wisdom on Ponting!

  • Kamalakantameher on March 27, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    Good article Mr.Ian.Clerke should be lead Aus team from now.Ponting's time is over.

  • on March 27, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    I think the point ian said about ponting's high sucees rate as captain even after retirement of australia's star players are wromg.One should compare his captaincy record when mcragth warne langer hayden and gilly were there and then the rate of his winning percentage after their retirement...

  • Something_Witty on March 27, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    It is definitely the time for him to pass on the captaincy to Pup, but I think he still has something to offer Australian sides with the bat. The most sensible course for him would be to drop down to 5 or 6 and strengthen the middle order, while putting less pressure on himself, and handing over the captaincy worries to a younger, fresher mind.

  • on March 27, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    whatever happens,he will always be the captain the Cricket world ever had !

  • sundarb on March 27, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    Going by Gideon Haigh's remark that Punter is living Border's career in reverse, it implies without explicitly stating that Punter never grew into the captaincy role. He became the captain in 2004 after Waugh's retirement as a natural successor. But Waugh left a team that was dominating world cricket. Every player in the team understood his game inside out. They knew their strengths, had excellent individual plans on how to go about their game and were able to execute them consistently. Punter really did not have to do anything with the team until January 2007, which ended in a super-high of an England whitewash 5-0. In fact, he was spoilt as a captain. Once the batting & bowling legends retired, it has been a huge downfall for him as a captain. The problem is that he lacks innovative thinking, when he doesn't have huge talent in his team. So yes - he should stay as a player, but I think he should step aside and let some one else take the lead. Fresh blood is always good for leadership

  • soumyas on March 27, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    i wud say PONTING was successful as captain becuase of gr8 players like Gilchrist,Hayden,Symmonds,Bevan,McGrath,Warne....he himself was is gr8 form too, Now in their absence he is simply not able to win matches even with his come back form...if a team is winning even a ordinary captain looks like gr8, i think now Australia have to rejuvenate themselves, they should go for new bloods now, Its time for Ponting and Bret Lee to retirement from their Honored careers. They will be remembered as gr8s in cricketing history....no doubt abt their ability....

    -good luck

  • Jeyganesh on March 27, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    Anybody who have captained a team with Mcgrath, Warne, Gilchrist would have ended with the same winning percentage as Ponting. The captain must inspire the team like a Border or a Arjuna Ranatunga and to some extent Ganguly. Unfortunately Ponting didnt have these characteristics. The last WC innings against India was the one which might have inspired his team mates. He is a great player but not a great captain.

  • boris6491 on March 27, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    @ Sai Santhosh - Any captain would experience a significant decline in their wins after losing the group of legends you mentioned. What Ian Chappell is trying to imply is that considering the fact that Ponting has had to reform this group after losing all those legends, he has still done a reasonable, if not spectacular job. He is a tough minded individual and has given his heart and soul to rehabilitating this team. Sure, it hasn't worked out as he would have liked but you can't keep winning forever. I think his last innings against India would be a perfect way for him to sign off. He is a legend, his stats are only inferior to those of Bradman and Tendulkar, two anomalies in cricket history. I don't think he has received even half the accolades he deserves. As much as he has done for Australian cricket, I do not feel he has more to offer. The difficulty for the selectors is that although Clarke's ability as a captain is not doubtful, his seniority as a player and batsman is.

  • on March 27, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    I still believe Ponting has a lot of Cricket and Leadership skills in him & should continue, given ACB doesn't shack him. Even it happens Ponting, I think, will continue to play as a player and that is what he should do for he still is a class act and can win matches single handedly. Honestly there r not much players in world who come closer to his rank, so, Australia needs him.