Australia v England, 3rd Test, Perth, 3rd day December 19, 2010

Ponting fracture confirmed by X-rays

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Australia's charge towards a series-levelling victory has been upset by Ricky Ponting suffering a broken finger that will leave him fighting for fitness for the remainder of the campaign. The team physio, Alex Kountouris, said that X-rays had confirmed a small fracture of Ponting's left little finger.

Michael Clarke led the team out on the fourth morning with Ponting off the field protecting the injury and doing all he can to be ready for Boxing Day. Ponting was sent to hospital for a scan after rebounding the edge of Jonathan Trott from first slip to the wicketkeeper Brad Haddin late on the third day.

After joining his team-mates in the huddle, he left the field for treatment. Peter Siddle said Ponting "seemed alright", but the extent of the injury was not revealed until a Cricket Australia statement before play on the fourth day.

The WACA has become a horrible ground for Ponting, who was forced to retire hurt last year after being struck on the elbow by West Indies' Kemar Roach. His poor run in this series continued here with scores of 12 and 1, taking his total to 83 in six innings.

Despite the pain in his hand, Ponting will be buoyed by the amazing response of his team in Perth after being out-played in the opening two Ashes fixtures. Australia need only five wickets over the next two days to level the series at 1-1 with two Tests remaining.

Ponting last missed a Test in 2004-05 when a broken finger kept him out of the first three games of the final-frontier victory in India. Adam Gilchrist was in charge of that campaign, handing over to Ponting for the final match, which Australia lost in Mumbai. Clarke, the vice-captain, will step in if Ponting can't recover for the Boxing Day Test, although Ponting is determined to play through the pain in his push to regain the Ashes.

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY thehytool on | December 21, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    clarke is cold........hussey is 35.208.... Watto is 29.187....so watto shd b skipper...n he willl do itt

  • POSTED BY on | December 19, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    Bad news for Australia and even worser news if Ponting plays on OR Clarke takes over captaincy for awhile.

    If Punter (Ponting) was smart, he'd miss out the next test or two and try and rest his finger up as much as possible. If he goes in injured, theres more chance of him injuring himself even more and I do believe we have enough in our State cricket that could replace Punter for a couple of tests, even probably do a much better job at batting, as Punter has struggled.

    As for Clarke, I hope to God, he doesn't take over, Clarke is absolutely crap and is also struggling with injury (thus for his crapness), he also should be taken out to rest.

    Mike Hussey should take captaincy or Shane Watson but not Clarke.

  • POSTED BY Okakaboka on | December 19, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    I don't believe some cricket followers believe Clarke should captain Australia. Is there anyone from WA, SA, Vic, Qld, Tas, Canberra, or NT that think Clarke has demonstrated his right to Captain the Australian team?? I remember his performance at the start of the season......pathetic and not proactive IN ANY WAY!!!! If no noise is made, that mega intellect Hilditch who would never have played test cricket had he not played for NSW will pick his little pin up glamour boy to captain Australia. If he does....Here England, have the ashes back on a gold platter.....and at thev same time alienate cricket followers across Australia.

  • POSTED BY on | December 19, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    i never thought ponting would have been one of those cricketers to go out like this...he needs to step down after the ashes even if austrailia do win he should step down and finish or a bit of a high because his good days hive long gone

  • POSTED BY Icyman on | December 19, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    No Clarke please. Give it to Hussey. Clarke just doesn't seem to be the kind of guy who can lead in Pontng's absence.

  • POSTED BY on | December 19, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    It's already working!! Aus won a Test match!! Now only the most die hard Aussie fans might have thought of this possibility lol

  • POSTED BY on | December 19, 2010, 4:39 GMT

    i think hussey should be given a chance 2 lead..

  • POSTED BY on | December 19, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    Good luck Ricky! He is a champion and will surely bounce back from the recent setbacks!

  • POSTED BY on | December 19, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    now aus captain wil be feeling free and also that today was his b`day.. many more happy returns of the day captain..

  • POSTED BY cricket_fan10 on | December 19, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    Truly this is blessing in disguise for aussies ... ponting's injury can resolve the inconsistent number 3 problem, there should not be any place for a non-playing captain , thats what ponting has become these days... first select the best 11 and then select the captain out of those 11.

  • POSTED BY thehytool on | December 21, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    clarke is cold........hussey is 35.208.... Watto is 29.187....so watto shd b skipper...n he willl do itt

  • POSTED BY on | December 19, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    Bad news for Australia and even worser news if Ponting plays on OR Clarke takes over captaincy for awhile.

    If Punter (Ponting) was smart, he'd miss out the next test or two and try and rest his finger up as much as possible. If he goes in injured, theres more chance of him injuring himself even more and I do believe we have enough in our State cricket that could replace Punter for a couple of tests, even probably do a much better job at batting, as Punter has struggled.

    As for Clarke, I hope to God, he doesn't take over, Clarke is absolutely crap and is also struggling with injury (thus for his crapness), he also should be taken out to rest.

    Mike Hussey should take captaincy or Shane Watson but not Clarke.

  • POSTED BY Okakaboka on | December 19, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    I don't believe some cricket followers believe Clarke should captain Australia. Is there anyone from WA, SA, Vic, Qld, Tas, Canberra, or NT that think Clarke has demonstrated his right to Captain the Australian team?? I remember his performance at the start of the season......pathetic and not proactive IN ANY WAY!!!! If no noise is made, that mega intellect Hilditch who would never have played test cricket had he not played for NSW will pick his little pin up glamour boy to captain Australia. If he does....Here England, have the ashes back on a gold platter.....and at thev same time alienate cricket followers across Australia.

  • POSTED BY on | December 19, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    i never thought ponting would have been one of those cricketers to go out like this...he needs to step down after the ashes even if austrailia do win he should step down and finish or a bit of a high because his good days hive long gone

  • POSTED BY Icyman on | December 19, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    No Clarke please. Give it to Hussey. Clarke just doesn't seem to be the kind of guy who can lead in Pontng's absence.

  • POSTED BY on | December 19, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    It's already working!! Aus won a Test match!! Now only the most die hard Aussie fans might have thought of this possibility lol

  • POSTED BY on | December 19, 2010, 4:39 GMT

    i think hussey should be given a chance 2 lead..

  • POSTED BY on | December 19, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    Good luck Ricky! He is a champion and will surely bounce back from the recent setbacks!

  • POSTED BY on | December 19, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    now aus captain wil be feeling free and also that today was his b`day.. many more happy returns of the day captain..

  • POSTED BY cricket_fan10 on | December 19, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    Truly this is blessing in disguise for aussies ... ponting's injury can resolve the inconsistent number 3 problem, there should not be any place for a non-playing captain , thats what ponting has become these days... first select the best 11 and then select the captain out of those 11.

  • POSTED BY on | December 19, 2010, 3:39 GMT

    Anyone except Clarke for captaincy please!

  • POSTED BY on | December 19, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    i wish punter will play at MCG....he is one of the best batsman of all time..if he doesn't than khawaja should come in at no. 3 & clarke should be the captain....best of luck OOOZZ<3

  • POSTED BY on | December 19, 2010, 3:34 GMT

    Cameron White (or) Micheal Hussey = Great Choice for Captaincy ; Clark has to improve his Whistle sound, then may be :))

  • POSTED BY 1111111111111111 on | December 19, 2010, 3:33 GMT

    Great win on the backs of Johnson and Hussey

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | December 19, 2010, 3:31 GMT

    Maybe Ponting will bat better with a broken finger. His scores in innings which mattered in this series have been 10, 0, 9, 12 and 1. The 51* he got when it didn't matter is disguising how poorly he has really played. Perhaps the broken finger will stop him lunging at the ball early in his innings.

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | December 19, 2010, 2:32 GMT

    Bring in White and make him captain straight up. Easy fix.

  • POSTED BY on | December 19, 2010, 2:25 GMT

    As a AUSSIE fan, I am worrying about Batsman # 3.

  • POSTED BY righthandbat on | December 19, 2010, 2:16 GMT

    I think playing players that are injured is silly when you have very good players in reserve like Khawaja that are raring to have a game. Sure, he is the captain, but between Clarke, Hussey, Haddin and co. they can figure out fields as a group. Khawaja may just go on to become the new number 3 for Australia.

  • POSTED BY on | December 19, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    Very Bad News for Australia & for Ponting. Today is the 'Birthday' of Ponting. He is now 36 years old & the whole world don't want to see him taking retirement. He is one of the best captain in the world. No doubt, he is suffering with difficulties because of new blood in the team.

    Don't know whether he will continue or not. As world cup is near, I'll suggest to take rest & not take risk for playing Ashes. I'm a big fan of him & Australia, hope he will be fine.

  • POSTED BY Navin84 on | December 19, 2010, 2:13 GMT

    @maximum6 - i second that (if England win I shall be sad that Ponting was not there as captain)

  • POSTED BY Chris_Howard on | December 19, 2010, 2:00 GMT

    This is just what Australia needed. Clarke can have the captaincy for the remaining Tests and we can see once and for all if he's got what it takes. If he doesn't then we can move onto someone else with confidence.

  • POSTED BY tfjones1978 on | December 19, 2010, 1:58 GMT

    Ponting injuring himself maybe good for Australia. His series stats is 80 off 6 innings, averaging less then 20. Ponting has not done well for quite a while and his captancy decisions has been questionable. In the last 12 months Ponting has scored 470 runs off 17 innings averaging less then 30. They should bring in the Khawaja ("Top-order batsman") to replace Ponting, who has scored over 500 runs off 9 innings averaging 65. In the last 9 months Clarke has scored 290 runs off 13 innings averaging less then 25. They should bring in MJ Cosgrove to replace Clarke, who has scored over 500 runs off 10 innings averaging 57. Its time to pick players based on form. They should pick the best 11 players and then pick the captain from these 11 players.

  • POSTED BY AndrewFromOz on | December 19, 2010, 1:48 GMT

    Two words spring to mind... Cameron White...

  • POSTED BY antselector on | December 19, 2010, 1:23 GMT

    If Ponting is out, it's a shame because he must be due for a big score, he is one of the greatest batsmen of all time. As winning the series is now a real chance, they must select some one that has experience and a good temperament to replace him, and Brad Hodge is a must. This could also see Ponting slot back into the team down the order, Allan Border did this late in his career and it kept him viable, number 5 for Punter. Still think we need to have a look at the openers, I would move Hussey up to open and while he still performs well, Watson could be a great number 6, like Botham or Imran... if he is truelly in it for the team, he needs to come down to six and bowl more overs (and he doesn't go on and make big 100's). Hughes is a big worry and the instability in the middle order makes him an even bigger risk. Clarke needs to hit form fast....... The other issue is a spinner, Smith is stuck between being an all rounder when he needs to be a leg spinner that can bat a bit....

  • POSTED BY inthebag on | December 19, 2010, 1:16 GMT

    He'll play, and Clarke will play and they'll be both be getting runs again before we know it.

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | December 19, 2010, 1:16 GMT

    Wait every body. Its ponting, he can play with broken finger too. Dont make judgements or any thing. Its new australian team who needs ponting in this match and in next two matches. If he is captaining that means australia has some chance. Otherwise england will go home easily with the urn.

    I would play if i was ponting to get back the urn from england even if i am on stratures. But its australian board who will make the call.

    Clarke is not bad choice , he will take responsibility. Do not make judgements just let them go with the process and let clarke captain next test becuase he is vice captain.

    i hope ponting will captain australia on boxing day. Bad news.

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | December 19, 2010, 1:14 GMT

    I am praying that Ponting will play as Captain at the MCG and the SCG. With this win at the WACA, it will be 48 Test wins as Captain - the MOST that ANY Captain ANY country has ever achieved. With wins at the MCG and the SCG, Ponting will have regained The Ashes and achieved a major milestone - 50 Test wins as Captain!- a milestone that will NEVER be achieved by ANY Captain EVER!

  • POSTED BY on | December 19, 2010, 1:11 GMT

    I say" Even if punter has go a fracture it want make any difference to the team as it's the second innings of both the teams and aussies just need 5wickets to win. If johnson,harris take them it would be great to finish of England in day four.

    Abbasali.

  • POSTED BY on | December 19, 2010, 1:08 GMT

    Perhaps giving Michael Clarke the captaincy should Ponting be unable to play on Boxing Day, may not be such a bad thing. Everyone said a couple of weeks ago that Mitchell Johnson was shot, and who knows, maybe the added responsibility of captaining Australia in what could be the deciding match in the Ashes might help turn Michael Clarke's form around. Nevertheless, a fractured finger it's not the greatest birthday present for Punter.

  • POSTED BY on | December 19, 2010, 1:04 GMT

    If Ponting doesn't play in Melbourne, the only logical replacement is Usman Khawaja. He is in top form, leading run scorer in the shield this year. He has the temperament for Test Cricket, and is going to be a long term player anyway.

  • POSTED BY Aussie63 on | December 19, 2010, 1:01 GMT

    Disappointing for Ponting if this is how his Ashes campaign ends without getting a chance to silence his critics. As a Victorian, I'm hoping that Ponting's possible absence may open the door for one of White or D. Hussey to prove that they are worthy of a national team berth, but I feel that Khawaja is the more likely replacement due to him being placed on standby for Clarke earlier in the series. That being said, who can predict what way the selectors will go if Ponting is in fact injured! As for the captaincy, Haddin, Hussey and Clarke all have claims to be captain, yet all have downfalls. Haddin is a wicketkeeper, and has enough on his plate already. Hussey is 35 and well and truly in the twilight of his career, and Clarke's issues with the captaincy have already been well publicised. I feel that, despite his age, Hussey would be a great choice for the captaincy, as he is in stellar form, it would only be for a brief period of time, and he's Mr Cricket! Why not give him the job?

  • POSTED BY Okakaboka on | December 19, 2010, 0:11 GMT

    The injury to Ponting is serious....Not in terms of his missed contribution to the team but in who could end up cataining Australia. I will state this categorically: THERE IS NO WAY ON EARTH MICHAEL CLARKE CAN BE ALLOWED TO CAPTAIN AUSTRALIA! If he does.....the ashes are certainly gone. He should no longer even be in the team. He has also demonstrated he is a hopeless airheaded captain with no tactical plan. Everyone needs to blog, twitter, etc making our feelings known. It is OUR national team....not dopey Hilditch's team! White has proven himself and effectively replaced Ponting before in England.......and even batted no. 3 although admittedly it was the 50 over format. So .....White......or pay a couple of million and get Warne back (can't see this happening). Practically, it has to be White or Haddin. Common on everyone, .......Clarke must NOT Captain Australia.....!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | December 19, 2010, 0:05 GMT

    if England win I shall be sad that Ponting was not there as captain.

  • POSTED BY on | December 18, 2010, 23:40 GMT

    No true England supporter or cricket lover would want Ricky's career to end like this. Hope he's passed fit for the next two tests.

  • POSTED BY on | December 18, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    Ponting being injured may not be such a bad thing. He has not really contributed with the bat all series, so maybe if he is rested for the next tests, an inform batsmen could take his place and make some runs, perhaps Callum Ferguson, Usman Kwaja, or maybe Cameron White because he is a great captain and has skill with the bat. However without Ponting, who will be captain? Its Probably best not to put Micheal Clarke as captain as he has enough to worry about with his own form. I suggest they put in Haddin, he is experienced and will have leart lots from Ponting's captaincy.

  • POSTED BY clyde1972 on | December 18, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    I'm totally worried about Ponting been hurt and because I can't even dream of Clark taking his place, clarke can't even perform as a batsman and if he is to be given the job of C, then the Aussies and fans of the Australia Cricket team are dead. Ponting is a fighter and he will bounce back especially after if Australia wins the test at the WACA, which surely will.

  • POSTED BY Vishnu27 on | December 18, 2010, 22:44 GMT

    Mutukisna: I agree with some of your comments, but you are way off the mark about Hodge. He will never play for Australia in tests again. His deficiences will the short ball are far too well known.

  • POSTED BY Iceborn999 on | December 18, 2010, 22:43 GMT

    Mutukisna - you said only then will Australia match England and have any hope of regaining the ashes....... Did you see the results??, I dare say Australia are thumping England.....

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | December 18, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    Australia needs Punter...no one else can captain!

  • POSTED BY Mutukisna on | December 18, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    I am not an Australian supporter but its nice to offer some comments. Ponting being injured might be a blessing in disguise. But who should captain the Aussies? Not Michael Clarke ( his place in the team is open to question). Not Hussey as he is batting so well but his limited record of captaincy is not admirable. Be bold Aussie selectors and give it to Brad Haddin!. And bring in Brad Hodge ( he is being waiting so long for this opportunity) and Hauritz ( recommended by no less a person than the greatest bowler of all time, Murali!). Only then will the Aussies be able to match England if they are to have any chance of regaining the Ashes.

  • POSTED BY on | December 18, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    player of ponting's class should not miss out at this stage even if he is 70 pct fit and i am certain he will deliver with the bat in the remaining 2 test.i will not be exagerating if i say that he will be the highest run scorer in test cricket, none of the players of his era are as fit as he is. (touch wood) SO GO OUT ANT DO IT PUNTER.

  • POSTED BY xylo on | December 18, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    Ponting could use some rest and come back much stronger; however, the fact that Clarke would step in if that would be the case makes me want Ponting to not miss the next test.

  • POSTED BY ranjini20 on | December 18, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    Hopefully Punter recovers coz he relishes playing at the MCG.And with a series leveling victory, he can play in a more relaxed manner.its been ages since we got to see Ricky at his fluent best.Now with Kallis scoring his 38th ton, its time Punter gets back into his groove. I have always believed he is second only to Sachin. Hopefully he maintains that.

  • POSTED BY Rohan0309 on | December 18, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    Ponting might've just saved his job if the Aussies fail to regain the Urn in his absence! Then the media and CA will be gunning for Clarke to take down as a scapegoat!

  • POSTED BY Qureshigm on | December 18, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    Oh God, I don't want to see Ricky on the bench... If it happens, Psycholigical Advantage to England.... Ricky is always dangerous. Great players don't take much time coming into form... He can hit you badly when it comes his chance...!!!

  • POSTED BY Arrow011 on | December 18, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    Ponting is a champion, he will play all Ashes tests. We need to see him more, he is a legend like it or not. Ponting is synonymous with grit & fighting spirit. He will never give up his place like that, that too in an Ashes series.

    Ponting is one of a rare breed of cricketers who is very proud & arrogant. He speaks his mind with gusto, he doesnt follow hypocritical sugary words like most players. I am sure he will not hide, when Asutralia wins this test after string of failures he will have more reason to play in the next ashes tests also. A brave man never hides, he is a brave man. I am an Indian cricket fan, but i like Ponting's forthrightness. If Ponting retires early, Sachin will retire soon after & that is what we dont want. Let both play so that we can see Sachin more in action.

  • POSTED BY on | December 18, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    welll then...........this can b last game for ponting............hip hip hurrey....no more erogent cricketer in aus.....and hussey shd b captain.....as he s calm like strauss and best batsman in aus........as clarkes place s not sure in team.....

  • POSTED BY SOLUTE on | December 18, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    Ponting has to be back for Boxing Day Test.He performed poorly with bat but his captaincy was spot on.His decision of not using smith was brilliant.He saw how swann was hammered all the way.His field placings and crucial bowling changes was spot on. He handled his 4 pacers well without making them tired. There is no man better than Ponting to lead this team. Clarke lacks captaicy skills. Hussey is not a leader.He led his in 4 odi's and they lost.Australia was handed 1st odi series whitewash in his captaincy where his failed to defend a total of more 330 in consecutive matches inspite of having Mcgrath in 2007.

  • POSTED BY addiemanav on | December 18, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    i thought the law of averages was going to work in favour of ponting and he wud play a gud knock at mcg but he's injured now and thats a big blow for aus..its gonna be great last 2 games..this one is over..before lunch eng will fold up for 150 odd..the series will go down to the wire!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 18, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    best time to bring the HODGY

  • POSTED BY Soham.Bhattacharya on | December 18, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    It might not be bad that Ponting gets a break....But some comments are so stupid.. Ponting is going through a bad time true but come on he is a legend no doubt about that...Aussies would miss him ...Because i feel a century is round the corner for him....form is temporary class is permanent.

    Anyways Aussies would have selection problems then i think Shaun marsh should be in the squad Marsha and Watson opening and Hughes at no.3. Also another thing is for MCG should theys tick with 4 pace bowlers i think yes... Clarke and smith can do the spinners job.. and Ben hilfenhaus the holding job...

  • POSTED BY on | December 18, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    Well i can sense that Ausies and rest of the world is relying heavily on Hussy. Guys what if Hussy fails at some stage ? what will be the back up ? It is absolutely not necessary that hussy scores every time in remaining Ashes matches. If he is made Captain from here and on, it might effect on his form, as extra bit of pressure of captaincy would be on him. Great players do not bother to get captaincy. As we have heard by Graham Smith that he would leave captaincy to someone else to improve and continue his form as well as career. I listened to shane warne`s commentary that Strauss certainly missed a trick in first and second session by not putting SWANN in earlier, especially when hussy was smashing short balls every now and then. So England would concede these things at MCG. They are gonna make a smashing plan to restrict Hussy. Game is still on. Now ASHES on insteresting mode here. Any thing can happen. Ponting has led the unit quite well in this match. New captain who knows ?

  • POSTED BY on | December 18, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    Ponting is a class player. He will make strong come-back. Now he should bat like Sachin and leave captaincy. It has been a load to him and we want to see real Ponting, the same best 1st down that we saw 5-6 yrs back

    My worls 11 includes, watson, sehwag, Amla,Sachin, Kallis, DeVillars, Haddin, Steyn, Zaheer, Herath, Bhajji

  • POSTED BY skapoor1 on | December 18, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    It might be a blessing in disguise if ponting doesnt play for the rest of the series. He hasnt been among runs at all in this series so if he misses out another batsman can get an oppurtunity here to showcase his talent. May be cameron white or ferguson shud take his place.Time has come for australian selectors to have a word or two with ponting. THe differece between Sachin and ponting is that sachin has rennovated his batting but ponting is stil playing those flashy shots again and again and getting out in slip cordon.Either he comes up with a slightly modified batting technique or face the ultimate fate after the WC. He is a class player for sure but time has changed and its ponting at the end of that period.

  • POSTED BY on | December 18, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    i think its better for australia. we miss u punter..

  • POSTED BY harry93 on | December 18, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    This may just allow the selectors to dodge the difficult issue of whether to drop Ponting or not. Could be a good thing for Australia? We may have seen the last of Punter. True legend.

  • POSTED BY on | December 18, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    gud for ponting ... atleast his average wont plummet any further :O

  • POSTED BY Jarr30 on | December 18, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    Ponting's record at WACA pitch proves that he can ONLY play on flat tracks.He is still a suspect to extreme fast bowling.He couldn't play Keamer Roach,Flintoff,M Amer & Styen. 83 in six innings proves it.Australia will better without you Punter. Make Hussey the captain and Aussie will regain the ASHES.

  • POSTED BY on | December 18, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    If Ponting is ruled out of Melbourne and Sydney, I really think Hussey should be made captain rather than Clarke, as it is questionable whether Clarke should even be in the side at the moment. I think the appointment of Hussey as captain for two Tests (at least) would really galvanise the Australians as he's their best player and has led from the front.

  • POSTED BY on | December 18, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    Australia chances have increased with ponting out. He is useless leader and Batsman. England would pray for his recovery so that he isn't replaced. :D

  • POSTED BY Legster on | December 18, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    The form he is in I hope he gets to play, cannot do with a stronger australian batting lineup hehe.

  • POSTED BY on | December 18, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    Theoretically England can still win, but Bell & Prior are going to both have to make hundreds with decent support from the tail. Judging by the way England have batted in this test so far, it's a fairytale and most unlikely to happen. The question is now likely to be can they pull themselves together for the last two tests?

  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | December 18, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    A real shame for Ponting, he loves batting at the MCG and it would have been the perfect opportunity for him to turn his poor run around. I am hoping he will be fit for Boxing day, but my instincts tell me he won't bat with a broken finger.

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  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | December 18, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    A real shame for Ponting, he loves batting at the MCG and it would have been the perfect opportunity for him to turn his poor run around. I am hoping he will be fit for Boxing day, but my instincts tell me he won't bat with a broken finger.

  • POSTED BY on | December 18, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    Theoretically England can still win, but Bell & Prior are going to both have to make hundreds with decent support from the tail. Judging by the way England have batted in this test so far, it's a fairytale and most unlikely to happen. The question is now likely to be can they pull themselves together for the last two tests?

  • POSTED BY Legster on | December 18, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    The form he is in I hope he gets to play, cannot do with a stronger australian batting lineup hehe.

  • POSTED BY on | December 18, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    Australia chances have increased with ponting out. He is useless leader and Batsman. England would pray for his recovery so that he isn't replaced. :D

  • POSTED BY on | December 18, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    If Ponting is ruled out of Melbourne and Sydney, I really think Hussey should be made captain rather than Clarke, as it is questionable whether Clarke should even be in the side at the moment. I think the appointment of Hussey as captain for two Tests (at least) would really galvanise the Australians as he's their best player and has led from the front.

  • POSTED BY Jarr30 on | December 18, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    Ponting's record at WACA pitch proves that he can ONLY play on flat tracks.He is still a suspect to extreme fast bowling.He couldn't play Keamer Roach,Flintoff,M Amer & Styen. 83 in six innings proves it.Australia will better without you Punter. Make Hussey the captain and Aussie will regain the ASHES.

  • POSTED BY on | December 18, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    gud for ponting ... atleast his average wont plummet any further :O

  • POSTED BY harry93 on | December 18, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    This may just allow the selectors to dodge the difficult issue of whether to drop Ponting or not. Could be a good thing for Australia? We may have seen the last of Punter. True legend.

  • POSTED BY on | December 18, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    i think its better for australia. we miss u punter..

  • POSTED BY skapoor1 on | December 18, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    It might be a blessing in disguise if ponting doesnt play for the rest of the series. He hasnt been among runs at all in this series so if he misses out another batsman can get an oppurtunity here to showcase his talent. May be cameron white or ferguson shud take his place.Time has come for australian selectors to have a word or two with ponting. THe differece between Sachin and ponting is that sachin has rennovated his batting but ponting is stil playing those flashy shots again and again and getting out in slip cordon.Either he comes up with a slightly modified batting technique or face the ultimate fate after the WC. He is a class player for sure but time has changed and its ponting at the end of that period.