Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne, 2nd day December 27, 2010

Trott keeps England on target to retain the urn

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England 5 for 444 (Trott 141*, Cook 82, Prior 75*, Strauss 69, Pietersen 51, Siddle 3-58) lead Australia 98 by 346 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

On a day when Ricky Ponting lost his cool with the umpires, Jonathan Trott was a picture of composure as his second century of the series kept England on target to retain the Ashes. Led by an aggressive Peter Siddle in front of his home crowd, the Australian fast men tried to drag their team back into the contest but after their first-innings 98, the hosts needed a miraculous day, not a solid one.

Trott was the anchor for England, with support from Kevin Pietersen and Matt Prior, and by the close of play their advantage had grown to 346 runs, already an ample lead that will grow on day three. Trott went to stumps on 141 and Prior had 75, and Australia's inability to break through in the final session sapped any energy they might have drawn from Siddle's early strikes.

Three days of rain might be feasible in Brisbane, given the recent weather in the north, but it won't happen in Melbourne, and Australia's batsmen must find remarkable resolve in the second innings if England are to be denied victory and the urn is to remain up for grabs at the SCG. And judging by Ponting's outburst, levelheadedness is not widespread in the team right now.

He was convinced the review of a not-out caught-behind decision against Kevin Pietersen showed a deflection on Hot Spot, but it was a misguided thought as the ball had passed much higher on the bat. After the third umpire correctly backed Aleem Dar's on-field decision to reprieve Pietersen on 49, Ponting heatedly argued with Dar, Pietersen and the other umpire Tony Hill.

It was an ugly incident that took the attention away from a solid 92-run partnership between Trott and Pietersen, which ended soon afterwards when Pietersen was plumb lbw to Siddle for 51. What followed was an eventful mini-session as the out-of-form Paul Collingwood (8) and Ian Bell (1) both hooked short balls from Mitchell Johnson to Siddle at fine leg, before Prior had a lucky escape on 5.

Just before tea, Johnson won a caught-behind decision from Dar, and Prior was walking off when he was called back by Dar, who had a nagging doubt about whether Johnson had overstepped. A quick consultation with the third official showed Johnson had indeed delivered a no-ball; Prior was reprieved, the Australians were frustrated, and the Prior-Trott partnership was allowed to bulge to 158 by stumps.

In amongst it all, Trott survived a tight run-out chance when his dive to complete a third just beat Ponting's throw from the outfield, and he brought himself serious pain when he inside-edged Ben Hilfenhaus on to his left knee. After a couple of minutes of lying flat on the pitch in agony, Trott continued to annoy the Australians with his fine, disciplined innings.

There were occasional cover-drives from Trott, but generally he showed as much leg as a burlesque dancer. Trott would walk across and expose his leg stump, dragging anything and everything through midwicket or fine leg, and by the time he brought up his hundred with an appropriate clip through square for a boundary, 87% of his runs had come through the leg side.

Not that there were many boundaries from Trott, who was content to nudge through the gaps and keep the fielders chasing. It was that kind of cool that Australia's batsmen lacked on the first day, and England's strong performance continued with Prior reaching a fifty from 81 balls as the shadows grew longer in the late afternoon.

It meant five of England's top seven had made at least a half-century in the innings, and it was all set up by the 159-run opening stand from Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook. But neither man was able to kick on during the second morning, and both fell to Siddle after adding only a few runs to their overnight scores.

Cook moved from 80 to 82 before he was caught low at first slip by Shane Watson, having edged a delivery that was tight enough in line to make him play. Strauss went from 64 to 69 when he was surprised by a well-directed shortish ball from Siddle, and it lobbed off the bat above the head of the gully Michael Hussey, who thrust his right hand up to take a good catch.

It was the best spell of the day by an Australian bowler, as Siddle collected 2 for 5 from his first six overs, before his final over of that period was dispatched for 13 as a confident Pietersen drove and pulled. Steven Smith was handled with ease and didn't look threatening, Hilfenhaus couldn't find much swing and Harris was well below his Perth form, also struggling to move the ball.

Not that the bowlers could be blamed for Australia's position. And if anything is to change over the next few days, their batsmen will need to take a leaf out of Jonathan Trott's book.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • stoney16 on December 28, 2010, 1:42 GMT

    @popcorn: your credibility expires from the moment you state "I do not find anything wrong in his arguing with the umpires". It is set in stone that the umpires' decision is final.

    The ACB accepted the technology, and the rules surrounding UDRS,as applicable to this series. Their captain is therefore bound by its limitations. There was no evidence that overwhelmingly overturned Dar's decision, and so the decision stood - exactly as was intended when UDRS was introduced. Ponting's behavour after that was an utter disgrace; a clear lack of class and character from a man who, whilst one of this generation's greatest batsmen, has shown again that he can't handle it as captain when it gets more difficult than sticking Warne on at one end and McGrath at the other.

    In case I seem typically anti-Aussie: kudos to Peter Siddle, who bowled immaculately all innings. Brilliant seam bowling.

  • landl47 on December 28, 2010, 0:54 GMT

    popcorn, you are incredible. Is there no failure or idiocy of the Australian team which you won't find not only acceptable, but virtuous? Even if the decision in the case which Ponting argued was wrong (and it wasn't), to suggest that Ponting was somehow doing the game a favor by arguing with the umpire is unbelievable. I'm convinced that when England retain the Ashes you will manage to find some way of persuading yourself that England didn't really win any games. You should write a book- "How To Make Yourself Happy by Not Accepting Reality". You'd make a fortune.

  • on December 28, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    It seems like aussies commentators are so partial.... Dont like if NO BALL is reviewed Dont like if Trott take a fraction of a second to come to crease !!! Should be neutral commentators.......

  • PlayingItStraight on December 27, 2010, 23:24 GMT

    Unfortunately this Australian attack does not look capable of taking 20 English wickets on a consistent basis. Johnson performs well too rarely and the gap between his best and worst is far too big. If he can't get consistent then replace him. Siddle is a good workhorse but needs to learn how to get good batsmen out. Hilfenhaus needs to learn subtle variation so he can create more wicket taking chances. Harris is a good honest support bowler but probably not a match winner. What Australia desperately needs is a genuine express bowler that can bowl at 150kph+ and scare the pants off the English, and a miserly line & length bowler to strangle the runs to complement him - at present this team has neither. As for a spinner, if they're not a genuine wicket taker then they at least need to be able to dry up the runs (i.e. Hauritz) and provide some variation to the attack. Come on selectors, stop picking on reputation and start putting a team out there who are hungry and can play their role.

  • phoenixsteve on December 27, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    Thank goodness England weren't punished as a result of Punters outburst! After all, a match ban would hamper England's chances in the next test! He's been a great player (and possibly still is) but in his present state of mind he's one of the best things England have going for them. Thanks Ricky. COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • popcorn on December 27, 2010, 23:16 GMT

    Ponting is not a fool. He has played enough cricket to know when there is an edge, and when there is not.I do not find anything wrong in his arguing with the umpires - Hotspot is not a reliable technology as it has been proven faulty in this ashes series. First, Ryan Harris was given out lbw when there was a definite edge, but Hotspot did not show it.Here at the MCG, Hotspot was shown up to be defective. Ponting has OPENLY stated his views after the Gabba Test that he is not impressed wiyth the technology. His stand is vindicated here at the MCG, and the Officials AND critics should praise him for standing up and doing good for the improvement of the game.

  • hyclass on December 27, 2010, 23:16 GMT

    The behaviour seen from Ricky Ponting was a reflection of the incredible lack of professionalism in the entire Australian setup. Australia has dropped to number five simply because the old hard nosed professionalism that rewarded players on the merit of their performances, has been replaced by a self serving boys club. They have been so used to failing and getting their own way, that they are genuinely surprised at not being able to bully officials as well. The last two years have seen the papers littered with statements by the Ponting, Nielsen, Sutherland and Hilditch about what they are going to do, but didnt. The rhetoric can no longer veil the staggering ineptitude of this group. Not even the doctored perth wicket, with pace and bounce unseen in the last 15 years, can save them. I hope that the utter humiliation of this group will finally result in the sacking of Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland, Coach Tim Nielsen, Batting coach Justin Langer, selector Hilditch and Ponting.

  • Aishtaq on December 27, 2010, 23:10 GMT

    I think the huge come back fight from aussies is very much possible on day 3. Performances from ponting, clarke and watson will be vital in aussies batting order with big hundreds from clarke, watson and hussey is very much likely...it will be a very fascinating end of this bo*ing day test match...

  • Truemans_Ghost on December 27, 2010, 23:01 GMT

    If the match ref had banned Punter, even for one match, it would have ended his career, and it would have been a shame for such an illustrious career to end in such a grubby way. Maybe the ref had that in mind when he left it at a fine. Whether it would be right or wrong to take that into consideration is another matter. I agree that the fine is irrelevant to a man like Ponting. Hopefully the embarrassment of seeing what a prat of himself, especially as he was clearly wrong will be a bit more chastening.

  • DoctorOxmoor on December 27, 2010, 23:00 GMT

    It's been a great spectacle so far from the comfort of my armchair across the Tasman, but is anybody else disappointed with the attendance at the MCG? I know Aussies don't like seeing their sides beaten whatever the sport, but one would think there would be a bit more stickability, especially during the last session of day one and yesterday. Potentially, had they bowled better in that last session of day one they could have ripped the guts out of the England top order, and surely that would've been worth sticking around for? And yesterday (day two), they could have continued the job and restricted England to a lead of around 100-150, setting the game up nicely. As it was, the fans deserted the team when they were most needed. I don't recall the last time that England fans at home or abroad left the ground early in such vast numbers. Perhaps the Aussie fans' lack of spirit and backbone mirrored what was being dished up by their heroes on the pitch. England fans, you're a credit!

  • stoney16 on December 28, 2010, 1:42 GMT

    @popcorn: your credibility expires from the moment you state "I do not find anything wrong in his arguing with the umpires". It is set in stone that the umpires' decision is final.

    The ACB accepted the technology, and the rules surrounding UDRS,as applicable to this series. Their captain is therefore bound by its limitations. There was no evidence that overwhelmingly overturned Dar's decision, and so the decision stood - exactly as was intended when UDRS was introduced. Ponting's behavour after that was an utter disgrace; a clear lack of class and character from a man who, whilst one of this generation's greatest batsmen, has shown again that he can't handle it as captain when it gets more difficult than sticking Warne on at one end and McGrath at the other.

    In case I seem typically anti-Aussie: kudos to Peter Siddle, who bowled immaculately all innings. Brilliant seam bowling.

  • landl47 on December 28, 2010, 0:54 GMT

    popcorn, you are incredible. Is there no failure or idiocy of the Australian team which you won't find not only acceptable, but virtuous? Even if the decision in the case which Ponting argued was wrong (and it wasn't), to suggest that Ponting was somehow doing the game a favor by arguing with the umpire is unbelievable. I'm convinced that when England retain the Ashes you will manage to find some way of persuading yourself that England didn't really win any games. You should write a book- "How To Make Yourself Happy by Not Accepting Reality". You'd make a fortune.

  • on December 28, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    It seems like aussies commentators are so partial.... Dont like if NO BALL is reviewed Dont like if Trott take a fraction of a second to come to crease !!! Should be neutral commentators.......

  • PlayingItStraight on December 27, 2010, 23:24 GMT

    Unfortunately this Australian attack does not look capable of taking 20 English wickets on a consistent basis. Johnson performs well too rarely and the gap between his best and worst is far too big. If he can't get consistent then replace him. Siddle is a good workhorse but needs to learn how to get good batsmen out. Hilfenhaus needs to learn subtle variation so he can create more wicket taking chances. Harris is a good honest support bowler but probably not a match winner. What Australia desperately needs is a genuine express bowler that can bowl at 150kph+ and scare the pants off the English, and a miserly line & length bowler to strangle the runs to complement him - at present this team has neither. As for a spinner, if they're not a genuine wicket taker then they at least need to be able to dry up the runs (i.e. Hauritz) and provide some variation to the attack. Come on selectors, stop picking on reputation and start putting a team out there who are hungry and can play their role.

  • phoenixsteve on December 27, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    Thank goodness England weren't punished as a result of Punters outburst! After all, a match ban would hamper England's chances in the next test! He's been a great player (and possibly still is) but in his present state of mind he's one of the best things England have going for them. Thanks Ricky. COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • popcorn on December 27, 2010, 23:16 GMT

    Ponting is not a fool. He has played enough cricket to know when there is an edge, and when there is not.I do not find anything wrong in his arguing with the umpires - Hotspot is not a reliable technology as it has been proven faulty in this ashes series. First, Ryan Harris was given out lbw when there was a definite edge, but Hotspot did not show it.Here at the MCG, Hotspot was shown up to be defective. Ponting has OPENLY stated his views after the Gabba Test that he is not impressed wiyth the technology. His stand is vindicated here at the MCG, and the Officials AND critics should praise him for standing up and doing good for the improvement of the game.

  • hyclass on December 27, 2010, 23:16 GMT

    The behaviour seen from Ricky Ponting was a reflection of the incredible lack of professionalism in the entire Australian setup. Australia has dropped to number five simply because the old hard nosed professionalism that rewarded players on the merit of their performances, has been replaced by a self serving boys club. They have been so used to failing and getting their own way, that they are genuinely surprised at not being able to bully officials as well. The last two years have seen the papers littered with statements by the Ponting, Nielsen, Sutherland and Hilditch about what they are going to do, but didnt. The rhetoric can no longer veil the staggering ineptitude of this group. Not even the doctored perth wicket, with pace and bounce unseen in the last 15 years, can save them. I hope that the utter humiliation of this group will finally result in the sacking of Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland, Coach Tim Nielsen, Batting coach Justin Langer, selector Hilditch and Ponting.

  • Aishtaq on December 27, 2010, 23:10 GMT

    I think the huge come back fight from aussies is very much possible on day 3. Performances from ponting, clarke and watson will be vital in aussies batting order with big hundreds from clarke, watson and hussey is very much likely...it will be a very fascinating end of this bo*ing day test match...

  • Truemans_Ghost on December 27, 2010, 23:01 GMT

    If the match ref had banned Punter, even for one match, it would have ended his career, and it would have been a shame for such an illustrious career to end in such a grubby way. Maybe the ref had that in mind when he left it at a fine. Whether it would be right or wrong to take that into consideration is another matter. I agree that the fine is irrelevant to a man like Ponting. Hopefully the embarrassment of seeing what a prat of himself, especially as he was clearly wrong will be a bit more chastening.

  • DoctorOxmoor on December 27, 2010, 23:00 GMT

    It's been a great spectacle so far from the comfort of my armchair across the Tasman, but is anybody else disappointed with the attendance at the MCG? I know Aussies don't like seeing their sides beaten whatever the sport, but one would think there would be a bit more stickability, especially during the last session of day one and yesterday. Potentially, had they bowled better in that last session of day one they could have ripped the guts out of the England top order, and surely that would've been worth sticking around for? And yesterday (day two), they could have continued the job and restricted England to a lead of around 100-150, setting the game up nicely. As it was, the fans deserted the team when they were most needed. I don't recall the last time that England fans at home or abroad left the ground early in such vast numbers. Perhaps the Aussie fans' lack of spirit and backbone mirrored what was being dished up by their heroes on the pitch. England fans, you're a credit!

  • njr1330 on December 27, 2010, 22:52 GMT

    Ricky Ponting should learn a useful old Latin phrase, frequently recited by the Pope; it goes like this: 'Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa, Mea Maxima Culpa'!!

  • on December 27, 2010, 22:43 GMT

    I think ponting should be shown the door, one cannot live in their past legacy either way he was neither a great captain

  • Silloh on December 27, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    Brilliant batting by the English ! All credit to the team for rebounding from the last thrashing at Perth. There is no doubt that the pressure is beginning to take it's toll on the Aussie skipper. I wish, being a great player he is, he can silence all by responding with a big century and let his bat do the talking.But that seems very unlikely in the circumstances . Aleem Dar must be highly commended for an excellent and difficult decision and subsequently keeping his usual cool.At the end of the day Test Cricket continues to prevail and is bigger than all. Was the fine on the Australian skipper an interim penalty and the subsequent runs scored by England the balance ? I believe they are making the entire Australian team pay !

  • Truemans_Ghost on December 27, 2010, 22:34 GMT

    If the match ref had banned Punter, even for one match, it would have ended his career, and it would have been a shame for such an illustrious career to end in such a grubby way. Maybe the ref had that in mind when he left it at a fine. Whether it would be right or wrong to take that into consideration is another matter. I agree that the fine is irrelevant to a man like Ponting. Hopefully the embarrassment of seeing what a prat of himself, especially as he was clearly wrong will be a bit more chastening.

  • 5wombats on December 27, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    @grancch - you're in denial. Don't hide behind the weather. Stop kidding yourself. In England during the 90's we knew the hard fact the Australia were just too good for us. We never made excuses. Truth here is; Australia has been beaten out of sight in 11 of the 16 days of this series. England have used 13 players so far and 12 have made significant contributions. Australia have used .... I've lost count - but only 2 1/2 have made a contribution. England are clearly the more settled, skilful, better prepared, mentally tougher side. Most Aussies are used to having a world-beating cricket team - now they are seeing what it's like to have a weak team - and worse - one with a desperate captain and no obvious future. @elephasMaximus - you're right; it IS a changed world order.

  • dr.thirsty on December 27, 2010, 22:02 GMT

    Things couldnt be going much better really. Its as though Straussy was allowed to script this test - 'Lets see, knock 'em over for under a 100, get a lead of over 400 and make them bat again for 2+ days to save the game. Oh, and just for the hell of it, lets have Ponting make a complete and utter berk of himself. Again!' Seriously though, Aleem Dar has again shown why he is (IMHO) far and away the best umpire in the world and deserves credit for the dignity in which he held himself. I feel Punter got off lightly, but for those out there saying a subcontinent player would have received a ban and it's all double standards, here's a thought. The onfield ump is from Pakistan, the match ref from Sri Lanka and the ICC is run by India, so if you don't like the outcome, you know where to look for answers

  • Instinctively_Innocuous on December 27, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    How the mighty have fallen! Sad to see Punter completely lose it yesterday. Not that he hasn't done this before, but on this occasion he was most desperate. Ironically, it was kind of in vain because KP got out shortly afterwards. In fact, Prior's decision turned out to equally important, if not more. Without UDRS, on another day that might just have been overlooked you'd imagine. Sports can be so cruel at times. Nobody's perfect and Ricky is far from it, but sad to see a modern day great depart in this fashion, that too on his beloved MCG. Not everyone can match Steve Waugh's farewell, but this sure will haunt Ricky for the rest of this life. Perhaps a footnote, but much like Bradman's average, Ponting not getting a 100th test win could end up being one of those puzzling cricket stats! On Tuesday, we might just see his last test innings.

  • phoenixsteve on December 27, 2010, 21:57 GMT

    Just wondering if Ricky Pontings middle name is Ian? R.I.P. woulld be so appropriate at present. Much better than 'here lyeth the Ashes of cricketing spirit' which could easily be the alternative...... Come on Aussies it's just a game ... albeit a great one - with a rich tradition of fair play and respect..... Somebody tell the Fat Lady to do her voice excercises please.......

  • landl47 on December 27, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    Ponting just had a rising of the red mist before his eyes, because when the bowler and the slips don't appeal, you can be pretty sure it isn't out. Haddin imagined he heard something that no-one else heard, but he was the only one. Harris didn't want anything to do with the appeal or the dissent. I'll give Ponting the benefit of the doubt and say that he misread the replay, but once Aleem Dar had referred the decision and got back the not out verdict, that should have been it. The penalty didn't really matter; losing this test will hurt Ponting more than any suspension or fine. @MistaDizzy: yes, you are trying to turn this into a bias type issue because otherwise your remarks are totally meaningless. The same goes for hatrick26 and all the other commenters with a persecution complex. Collingwood was suspended for 4 games when he was England's one-day captain because of a slow over rate- is he Asian? You may not agree with the officials, but it has nothing to do with nationality.

  • Clive_Dunn on December 27, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    To be fair to Marcio, I sort of agree with him - the barrage of Anti-Australian / Punter abuse from what appears to be Indian fans is quite sad. As an England fan I know Ricky is a great player and the Australian record over the last 15 years is unprecedented.

    A few series of minnow bashing doesn't make a dynasty.

  • Finn92 on December 27, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    Any other nation, any other player, they'd be facing at least a one match ban right now but Ponting is untouchable obviously

  • elephasMaximus on December 27, 2010, 21:05 GMT

    @ marcio - are you really asking me to thank Ricky for Laksman spanking the Aussies? Dude, you're showing the kind of arrogance that hasn't won many fans for the Australian Cricket team. Get your head out, look around, it is a changed world order. I for one, am thoroughly enjoying the way this Ashes is being played out. Love it man!

  • srtedulkar on December 27, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    Kudos to Aleem Dar for not budging under pressure and rightfully reversing his decision(no-ball - Prior), a little after Ponting's drama. Did I hear someone saying the Ponting was test cricket's flag-bearer? Leave alone test cricket Mr.Ponting cannot be a flag-bearer even for a high-school team. Hope he will learn from his mistakes.

  • on December 27, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    First it was mental disintegration of the opposition, the Aussies have now taken it to the next level, mental disintegration of the Umpires. Bravo ICC keep up the charade of manging on filed issues by having Match Referees who cannot be seen as objective, other teams and players have been suspended for lesser misdeameanours, but as the Aussies are God's chosen ones they can get away with felony, while their captain can get away with capital murder!

  • hatrick26 on December 27, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    There would not be any bans for Punter as they are only applied to Indian/Asian captains. I am sure Ponting has been fined before for behavior and this is repeat offence. So I am not sure why he is ony being fined again when a ban is appropriate. Dhoni was fined was slow over rate because of repeat offence.

  • MistaDizzy on December 27, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    Once again another sad very sad day for cricket. I am not trying to turn this into a bias type issue but it is a fact that had this been an Asian player (As in some previous instances) then there would have been a certain ban with it being a level 2 and with Rickys history a Level 3 case but level 1 offence this is definitely not, especially if your are the leader of your team. ICC stinks of double standards run by a bunch of cretins. Come on Inger-lund

  • on December 27, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    Ponting should have been suspended for one match .. such behavior will become a norm if it is not nipped in the bud .. he has a history of doing this in the past and I believe the ICC should make an example out of the incident ...

  • on December 27, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    Lol Marcio, arent you the one who was praising Ponting for his sportsmanship when Aussies were thrashed by India? Such a disgraceful act should get a 1 match ban which should make it easy for the selectors to dump him forever. Some might argue he deserves a good send off, but if ever there was one player who could do without one its this guy :-)

  • 5wombats on December 27, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    @Mevan; dead right. @CricketingStargazer; "England's bowlers have conceded more than 309 runs just once". Spot on. Aus fans might have conveniently overlooked this important stat - good to remind them. @Okakaboka; largely right, except for; Siddle is hugely overrated - and was on the brink of being dropped for a reason. Also - he needs to lose the attitude he's learned form Ponting. Siddle should also get a citation and fine for his involvement in "The incident" today. @Marcio; England followers know how it feels to be utterly thrashed in Ashes matches - but you are clearly unused to it. Bookies over here are giving 40/1 against a 2-2 result - why don't you click online place a bet and make your fortune? The current Australia "team" is abysmal - it's captain a profound embarressment both to a great country and this great sport.

  • phoenixsteve on December 27, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    @CliveDunn... Yeh " but they don't like it up em... Mr Mannering sir"..... not them Aussie Wassies..... Tee hee..... COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • 5wombats on December 27, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    O M G ! ! Just got back from work and viewed the "Ponting Incedent! I hadn't seen it. OMG! I'd say I'm shocked; but I'm not - afterall this is Ponting and he is an habitual offender. He is a SHOCKER, an embarressment to cricket. Were it not for the fact that he will be retiring after the next test - I'm sure he would have been banned. Any other series and he would be banned. A TOTAL DISGRACE. For gods sake ricky - stop trashing our great game.

  • Trickstar on December 27, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    @sidzy You what? I hope you're having a laugh about KP being out, even after seeing replays for 10 minutes, it was very clear he didn't hit it, the ball didn't deviate in slow mo, nothing on hot spot except at the the bottom corner, where he hit his pad, nothing where the ball passed the bat about 4 inches up the blade and nothing on snicko. Pure desperation and a totally embarrassing from Ponting.

  • Rama_Kompella on December 27, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    With all due respect to the talent of Ricky, its time for him to call it quits.Every living being has to die so as every player has to retire no exception to RP.No doubt like any other great player RP is also going thru lean patch. but how long he can go like this. For last 2 years he has not performed except for few flashes here and there. When it comes to this series, he has scored 42 runs from 6 innings at the rate of 7 /inning, excluding 51 N.o which has no baring on that match. Coming to the discussion of who is great, its good to list down who are all great than who is great.. the list goes... Kallis, Tendulkar, Ponting, Lara, Dravid...

  • on December 27, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    @marcio, last time I checked, the rule book says Umpires do not need to consult the opponent captain any more to allow a runner. And in the last test Ponting scored 12 and 1. Enough said.

  • Clive_Dunn on December 27, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    To be fair to Ricky, a day watching Trott scratching around his crease like a demented chicken is enough to drive anyone over the edge.

  • Mevan on December 27, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    This day confirms that Australians are very bad losers. Instead of true grit, its just swagger when they are winning and petulance when they are not.

  • on December 27, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    Shows as URDS can be used against 3rd Umpire's decision. So ICC has to make sure this is not against 3rd

  • on December 27, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    Well said Trickster, but most people are concerned Pointing's schoolboy outburst will just get a slap on the wrist. This immature behaviour by a captain will just encourage Watson to go back to his old ways. A 2 match ban is the minimum in my opinion.

  • Paul_JT on December 27, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    Most condemning aspect for Ponting was the way his 'team-mates' left him to it. At some point during his remonstrations with Aleem Dar, before he moved on to Pietersen and Tony Hill, someone (chiefly Clarke as he is vice-captain) should have pulled him away. They didn't. A leaderless team in every sense. Cameron White for Sydney.

  • phoenixsteve on December 27, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    Before the game started I wished forEngland to bat first and post 500+ with 650 half way through day 3 being a real bonus! Well, Santa was extra kind to me and through in a dismal Aussie batting performance in exchange for England batting first! So it might be 550 with England declaring/all out around tea - haing ground down the Aussies for most of the day! Historically sides who have chased the leather for 2 1/2 days are weary and it shows when the bat. Encouraging for England too is the fact that there is still something in the wicket and of course we have the S factor, yet to prove why he is so highly rated in test cricket! I'm hoping for a resounding England win but this is cricket and stranger things have happened. Remember Beefy's Ashes series?....... COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • Rahulbose on December 27, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    Ponting having another teapot moment is the surest sign that Aussies are headed for another Ashes loss.

  • SJ_NR on December 27, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    Reg Ponting being fined, had this been as Asian captain and a ref from AUS/ENG/NZ/SA, a ban would have been the barest minimum. Look how this has panned out. Remember Michael Slater and Venkat?

  • grancch on December 27, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    People don't seem to be talking about the conditions during the first 2 sessions of day 1 that were ideal for swing bowling and disappeared once Australia were all out then presenting perfect batting conditions. Timing of the weather for England was perfect. It's unfair to be comparing the performances of the two sides when they have been batting and bowling under completely different conditions. England would not have made anywhere near their first innings total if they had been batting under the overcast, breezy conditions that Australia were on day 1. In Perth we saw the same conditions for both teams as the Fremantle Doctor is a consistent breeze that comes through every day and the wicket provided the same amount of bounce for both teams. There we saw how both teams performed under similar conditions, as we also saw in Brisbane. England cant claim true dominance of this test match until both teams are subjected to similar conditions. These sides are more even than this match shows

  • on December 27, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    Not a great display from the Punter. Signs of desperation for me - that he is attempting to shout at umpires to get Englishmen out. The writing's on the wall and he knows it. His average for the series is 15, just one fifty to his name (an academic knock at the Gabba). Obviously, his side have been performing below par and his captaincy is being scrutinised by millions of people in Australia, around the world, in the media and most worryingly for him, by the Aussie selectors. I would probably rant a bit too!

  • SnowSnake on December 27, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    There are two things evident from this series. 1) UDRS does not solve any problems and if it does then it creates new problems as well; 2) Ponting should hang his boots after this series is over. I really could not understand Australia's obsession with keeping Ponting and India's obsession with keeping Dravid. Both are way past their prime and are becoming a liability to the teams they play for.

  • on December 27, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    it can get more close for England now....just the final thrust needed and the golden chapter for aussies come to a dreadful end!!!

  • nataraajds on December 27, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    Eng had tighten their grip on this test and heading for Aushes win. Trott held the innings together and once again proved he is "Eng Wall". it's pity that ponting who did not had a great year is set to loose another one and may be ashes too.

  • on December 27, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    this will be rude but i guess it time to axe Ben Hilfenhaus...he is bowling pretty well but isn't getting any wickets...why not play Doug Bollinger instead?and why not play cameron white..i think he is a superb hitter.can be an ideal replacement for andrew symonds...my 11-- watson,brad hodge,ponting,fergusson,hussey,white,haddin,hauritz,bollinger,siddle,johnson !! i would also like 2 see more of tim paine..he had an amazing tour of india...and i guess he can also open the batting,can't he??

  • Trickstar on December 27, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    It's a shame all the talk is of the incident with Ponting, while England have had another great day,with a great batting display from Trott, who has turned himself in to a top notch test no3.

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 27, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    Another hundred from England today should consign Australia to the rubbish dump. Siddle apart that was not very penetrative from the bowlers till Colly and Bell decided to show their hooking skill against the wrong balls. Trott is really a good guy for grinding a side into the dirt. He does not seem to worry about too much except continuity of existence at the crease. If runs come so be it. 141 in a day is okay, but for much of it he was attritional to a fault. I hope Prior goes on and they both totally demoralise Australia. A lead of anything over 400 is going to be tough to come back from, but there's so much time that England may as well bat on and on. Ponting has blown all street cred as a captian. he should be setting a basic example not breaking all the canons of fair play-disgrace. What an exit!!! To have done this finger wagging once in a series is poor,to do it twice unforgiveable. I fancy Aleem Dar quite enjoyed referring Prior's dismissal to the 3rd umpire for no ball.

  • Navin84 on December 27, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    Can anybody tell me where Andrew Symonds is? Seems like he is off the Ausies map. He would help Aus middle order batting. Pointing & Clarke (captain & vice-captain) batting is the reason Aus are in this position. Sad to say but I think Pointing days are over, he should quit b4 it gets worse, like what Hayden did.

  • RohanMarkJay on December 27, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    Hahaha Really enjoying seeing Aussies get tonked at the MCG! Their deluded supporters still think their useless team can win in Sydney. Congratulations to Andy Flower, Andy Strauss and his gallant England team. .Now typical bad behaviour from the Aussies when they don't get their way. England to win the Ashes 3-1.

  • on December 27, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    IF U WANT TO C AN EVEN MATCH TUNE INTO IND VS SA.....DIS ONE IS GOING D ENG WAY..........ITS SO ONE SIDED N BORING IN AN NEUTRAL's VIEW

  • on December 27, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Ponting has a history of throwing his toys out of the pram when things dont go his way. You only have to refer to the Trent bridge test match in 2005 and the Cardiff Match last year to realise that.

  • bigwonder on December 27, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    I remember Pointing and Australians indicating that Ashes was a more important series to them (compared to Indian Test Series earlier). I guess that is why Pointing and Siddle are so worked up when decisions don't go in their favor. Wasn't pointing a big supporter of UDRS?

  • on December 27, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    It is time for the history to repeat itself after about forty years. Bill Lawry was sacked before the end of ASHES series. Ian Chappel took over. That was a new beginning for Australian cricket. Ponting has to go before Sydney test. Sadly Ponting has disgraced himself.

  • on December 27, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    Well, whats disturbing is the Pointing's on field incident. Australians have always been for sledging, but now they (specially Ponting) is letting the defeat get into his brain. One can understand that he is seeing his palace torned down right infront of his eyes. As its said, losing with dignity is as important as winning, I hope Ponting learns that in his remaining cricketing years. That being said, I guess English are playing with surgical precision. It would be a pity if they don't end up winning from here. Whatever, but Ashes always end up living its hype, which being a cricket fan is a reason to rejoice.

  • Micgyver on December 27, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    Up until yesterday i was the most loving Australian cricket fan you'd meet.Through thick and thin,through the West Indian domination of the 80's,getting beaten by India,New Zealand,South Africa and even Bangladesh on 1 occasion,never wavered my loyalty.Yesterday however,despite some fight today has left me wondering...i feel sorry for the Aussie bowlers,its their batsmen that have lost this series,they are the ones to blames and nobody else.Maybe its time to blood not 1 or 2 batsman,but 3.

  • sidzy on December 27, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    i mean when will common sense prevail. KP was OUT no matter what technology says u need to see replays & its clear. although i still feel ponting is harming OZ they need to get him out my sydney XI 1) s.marsh 2) katich/khawaja 3)cossgrove/ferguson 4)m hussey 5)m clarke (c) 6)watson 7)haddin 8)n hauritz 9)p siddle 10)r harris 11)pattinson i will like to give clarke a real go to caption the squad as he has never been tested at test level & for first time he will have a permanent job.

  • deepakgoil on December 27, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    I am appalled at the criticism being meted out to Ricky. Yes, he went over the top today and deserves to be punished. As an Indian I have the greatest respect for Ricky both as batter ad captain...sachin, KP and Ricky Pontig anre the only threetruly world class batsmen in the game today. He is going thro' a bad patch, but I hope for the sake of the game he is back to his best. As a captain, for those that poit to his captaincy record, please look at the team he commands to the one his predecessors had...I mean Aussie teams from 1995 to 2008 would win anywhere anytime with any kind of skipper. The present Aussie team is in rebuilding mode, which is always painful. Results will be indifferent but Ricky can help build the foudatio of a good side just as Allan Border did 15 -20 years ago.

  • righthandbat on December 27, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    Andrew - definitely Bollinger and Hauritz for the two question marks.

  • screamingeagle on December 27, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    I love seeing the aussies getting worked over. No questions about that.

    If I remember right, wasnt Ricky the guy who wanted the fielders word to be taken as gospel in doubtful situations. I wonder why he started his lil tirade when all the technology proved the catch wasnt a catch at all?

    Strange..anyway, was fun watching Australia get pounded. 3-1 perhaps? lol

  • Marcio on December 27, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    Is there nothing as predicable as the Indian basher barrage anytime Ponting's name is mentioned, or when Australia lose. I mean, what is it with you people? I didn't see any of you around after Australia whipped Eng in the 3rd test. Nor do I expect to see any of you around after AUS win the next game to draw the series 2-2. Didn't see too many of you thanking Ponting fro granting Laxman a runner in the 1st test over there recently, for a chronic back injury he carried into the game. That won you the series, for goodness sake! As they say, if you have nothing positive to say, then just keep quiet. Things would be very quiet indeed around here in that event.

  • Howling_Wolf on December 27, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    Match fee fines are as effective as a chocolate teapot - even a 100% fine will mean nothing to a player with so many endorsements and promotions. This high profile match will have been watched around the world. The audience will include youngsters who are the next generation cricketers, and the great game's future. And the message that comes out from the ICC disciplinary team is go ahead and abuse the umpires, opposition teams, and effectively all true cricket fans. As for all the Australian versus Indian comments, please find another site that caters for your prejudices. This about cricket, and what happened at the MCG should not be endorsed by fans of any nationalities.

  • m87551 on December 27, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    i have a suggestion for ICC to apply the code of conduct in the field of play if they cant do it against Ponting...there is a series going on between Pakistan and newzland. Pay a handsome amount to a Pakistani player and ask him to have baseless arguments with umpire...make sting operation and record a video of this...after the player executes as per plan...first give him 5 match ban for misbehaving...then on-air the sting operation...and life ban that son of a GUN for BEHAVIOR fixing...Put great media coverage alongside to put the matter in no return state....This way ICC can put a great example for the rest of the cricket world as they did for match fixing and spot fixing....

  • kdcricket on December 27, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    @ Nerk....Harbhajan Singh's case was judged by an Aussie......at least know the facts before shooting off your mouth...It was Symond's last hope of getting some attention as his cricket wasn't drawing any attention at that point of time

  • fatburner on December 27, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    Katich is still injured! Swap Clarke for David Hussey or MacDonald would be even better, then Australia could pick two spinners ! Also another spinner but I am not sure who. Certainly White and Khawaja who should open with Watson. Smith looked ordinary and inoffensive. Certainly Housey must go and Johnson (save him for a green top only! Keep Siddle and Harris. The Team; Watson 1st change bowler Khaweja Hussey,M Hussey, D relief spinner MacDonald relief bowler and captain White 3rd spinner Haddin Harris open bowler Siddle strike bowler Specialist wrist spinner Specialist finger spinner.

    12th Bollinger if fit and Johnson if a green top and drop one spinner!

  • on December 27, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    It is time for the history to repeat itself after about forty years. Bill Lawry was sacked before the end of ASHES series. Ian Chappel took over. That was a new beginning for Australian cricket. Ponting has to go before Sydney test. Sadly Ponting has disgraced himself.

  • satanswish on December 27, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    This is what happens when you have immature captain like Ponting, total failure with the bat & skills. Ponting should be kicked out & make way for the new fresh talent.

  • on December 27, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    Ponting is living in denial. the Team composition is flawed.No where in the world people will accept Shane Watson as an opener, in-spite of the recent successful run he has enjoyed.Phil Hughes is still raw and needs more Sheffield exposure.Ricky is more bent on saving his trusted lieutenants career at the cost of his own. Australlia need to look at klinger, cos grove, Rogers as a stop gap arrangement. Callum fergusson like hussey is level headed and needs to be brought in place of Smith. Shane watson should bat at no 7. My ideal x1 would be Klinger, Jaques/Rogers, Ponting,Clarke, Fergusson, hussey, Hauritz,Siddle, Harris and Starc/Pattison, Haddin. Once ponting retires, Bring in White or Pomersbach as you need on free flowing batsmen to bail them out of crisis. this is what gilchrist did for along time, Symonds did for a brief period of time. They countr attacked and if they occupied the crease for an hour or 2 the score trebled or atleast doubled.

  • Nerk on December 27, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    I suppose if Ponting had made a racist slur he would have got banned, and then that ban overturned, ala Harbhajan Singh. So sick of people saying Australians get away with this sort of stuff, asian players are victimised etc. If this was football, Mr. Singh would have gotten a life ban for the rubbish he said. I'm not wishing to defend Ponting, his tantrum embaressed the team, the game of cricket, and his country and he certainly should have been banned. But some people should stop playing the victim here.

  • on December 27, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    Even if by a miracle the Aussies save this match, Ricky should go as captain; but be in the side. I think the selectors should talk it over with Mikeor Simon to lead the side, If that fails my pick is Watson; but definitely no Ricky or Michael Clarke ; the latter behaves like a school boy.I dont know what made the selecs to pick Stephen ahead of Hauritz or is this also one of Ricky's brainwaves?

  • MisterE84 on December 27, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    Unfortunately I have to say I agree with Tim40 --> Ponting is a dead man walking and if we go down badly in this test (which I think we will) he has absolutely no incentive other than probably batting for a personal spot in the side, in sydney (should he want one). We need to announce a new captain and major team re-shuffle for the next series.

    For all the Ponting naggers - to the Aussies just remember all the great knocks this guy has played for us over the years to be part of a dynasty. Its so sad that because he is born 5 yrs later than most of them he doesn't get the same send-off they all did... I feel he deserves one. Should we lose this test lets announce his sacking after the series and at least give him a proper send-off.

    For the Indians out there that are chirpy now - I remember you bitching and complaining about Bucknor (an umpire i respected) a few years back so pot calling the kettle black there Im afraid...

  • selvasnz on December 27, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Its shame man, the referee has to get life ban for not imposing a ban to Ponting. Where the system is lacking. Cannot cheat the cricket fans all around world.

  • Trickstar on December 27, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    @jessiedog I think people were referring to the last year or so where Anderson has matured and improved a lot. obviously Steyn has been great over his whole career where as Jimmy as had 3 unsuccessful remodels of his action and has gradually improved but he is definitely getting there. The last cricketing calender year Jimmy as averaged 25 and Steyn 22, so he has been getting up there.

  • gudolerhum on December 27, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    Ponting lost his cool, any integrity he still had, his reputation, and the Ashes on this day. What a disgraceful display from anyone, far less the captain of a major test playing team. Forty per cent of his fee is NOT adequate, it should be minimum 100 per cent. He is the captain and should set good example not.disgrace.

  • Rod23 on December 27, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    In Affectionate Remembrance of the Spirit of Cricket, which died at the MCG on 27th December 2010 ... the body will be cremated and the ashes will be spread across all cricket grounds around the world where the Umpire's decision is now open to on going debate and questioning without meaningful sanction.

    Can't decide if I'm more disgusted in the Australian Captain's behaviour or the spineless effort of the Match Referee and the ICC.

  • Faizan-Ul-Haq-Fareedi on December 27, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    Hey! Ponting.. CooL Man CooL.. U Will be Back into THe Game.. No WorRY...!!! And Dont Argue EspeciLy With Dar! He is One of the Best UmpiRE...

    GooD LucK!!!

  • on December 27, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    (contd)... Pretty happy to see another day of complete England domination and lol forward to England at least retaining the ashes and hope ponting is dropped after the Sydney test. PS: not sure if England had asked for leniency on pontings side as it would sure as hell help their cause if ponting plays at Sydney instead of khwaja... He'll already be a broken captain by then ala Kim Hughes

  • andrew.henshaw on December 27, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    Team for Sydney: (1) Katich (2) Watson (3) Hussey (4) Clarke (5) White (6) Khawaja (7) Haddin (8) Smith/Hauritz (9) Johnson (10) Siddle (11) Harris/Bollinger 3 quicks, 1 spinner, 1 allrounder - Cam White as captain Some experience, Some youth - thoughts?

  • 5wombats on December 27, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    @Biggus; goodonyer! Sorry I couldn't make it to your garage by the way.... and you're right; Ponting is done and he should call it at the SCG. I think he will.

  • on December 27, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    @all: news has just come in that ponting has been fined 40% of his match fee. For such a repeat offense it is just a slap on his little finger of his left hand( no pun intended).... What amazes me is how do the Australian players repeatedly get away with such serious offences on the field? Pretty unfair on the game as a whole and the match refs don't have the guts to be strict IMO... Eg Johnson headbutts styris, haddin and Johnson involved in an exchange with benn, Watson crying like a baby after dismissing Gayle to name a few were all ugly incidents and the Aussies were only fined small amounts? Ponting is a repeat offender in this case as he has had plenty of arguments with umpires all over the world..especially Aleem dar If this was s player from the subcontinent, he would have banned for 1 match at least ala gambhir when he collided with Watson deliberately after being involved in a similar incident with afridi... Anyways I am

  • CricketingStargazer on December 27, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    With a fifth defeat in the last seven Tests looming Ricky Ponting is getting desperate and is suffering from just the same pressure that he hoped would derail England in this series. One number is worth remembering: so far, in fifteen innings on this tour, EnglandĀ“s bowlers have conceded more than 309 runs just once (that was in the 1st Test): the lead is already well past that and the pitch is showing signs of uneven bounce and some life. It is doubtful that even scoring 500 in the second innings Australia could save this match now and, so far, they have not managed that in the series even when not under pressure.

  • on December 27, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    Full marks to Aleem Dar for remaining calm in the face of Ponting's revolting and, frankly, moronic verbal assault on him & the other umpires. I see that the ICC have really put the hammer down with Ricky now: he's been fined 40% of his match fee & ticked off for being a naughty boy. Whoopadeedoo. I find it illuminating that even former Aussie captains such as Ian Chappell & Mark Taylor - both of whom one might expect to sympathise with (if not condone) Ponting's petulant behaviour - are now calling for him to be suspended and/or relieved of the captaincy by Cricket Australia. One final thought: not ONE of the other Aussie players had the gumption to gently take him aside & tell him what an utter ass he was making of himself. By not doing so, they allowed Ponting to make fools of them all.

  • selvasnz on December 27, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    What a shame it is - ICC, the referee also should get fine,if the verdict is not right. How come the Ponting is escaping only with fine - 40 % of match fee, he supposed to get 1 or 2 test match ban. Bang on.

  • anver777 on December 27, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    No recovery for Aussies in this match once they got the KNOCK OUT PUNCH on the BOXING DAY from aggressive Eng............ they r very badly hurt & we all can judge that from Ponting's behaviour with Aleem Dar !!!!!!!!!!

  • on December 27, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    I think ponting was playing for the team when he had his little hissy fit, the plan must have been to get himself banned for at least the next test so that a batsman who can score runs can come in at 3. What a shame it has not worked....

  • Aspraso on December 27, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    Why was Ponting only fined? He was clearly working himself up hoping to be banned for the next match. He was not going to drop himself from the next match (because he is batting well in the nets) nor were the selectors going to oblige him (with Clarke not raising his hands, they are unsure whom to turn to). If not playing a match can do Johnson so much good (as in Perth) why does the same logic not work for Ponting?

  • on December 27, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    Is there anything beyond UDRS ? Something which will help you in case you want a 3rd umpire's decision referred ? Well if field umpires make mistakes you use UDRS, what if 3rd umpires makes one, Oh poor Punter baby !!! I guess Punter needs a UDRS of UDRS. Inception style.. hmm. Punter has been doing it repeatedly but am sure he would get away with a mild fine.

  • gogoldengreens on December 27, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    I hope that Ponting can put as much effort into his batting that he has put into moving his mouth... How silly acting like that after there has been lots of replays, he has lost the plot. He should take a long holiday away from the game and if he comes back bat at 5 or 6 he would have a feild day down the order when fully refreshed. Problem is there is no one else to captain the team as Clarke should be dropped as well

  • rkannancrown on December 27, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    Once again Ponting gets away with disgraceful behaviour. If Ranjan Madugalle does not have the guts to ban Ponting for a few matches (remember Ganguly, Latif etc were given such bans for the same oiffences that Ponting repeatedly does), he should quit. Ponting is the clear winner of the "Most disgraceful Cricketeer" award for this decade, if not for eternity. when will ICC stop behaving as if it is meant to condone the bad behaviour by ponting & the Ausies and behave in a reasonably impartial manner.

  • moinilyasneral on December 27, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    Well, I have been commenting here(though most times cricinfo dont show my comments for reasons best known to themselves) that ponting is a washed up arrogant third rater, who does not deserve to be in the Aus side, let alone captain them !! He is surely no role model like Steve Waugh and Mark Taylor before him and he believes he is KING OF CRICKET..his recent scores and team losses under him show how dispensible he has become and Aus should not only show him the door but throw him out. The 3rd umpire's decision is in all cases, except his, final, but he argues it out even then..Madugalle, if you are reading this, please please give him a severe punishment, like a 3 year ban, though I feel that it will be unnecessary since cric aus will in any case fire him..would love not to see him in the World cup, or for that matter, ever again !!!

  • lucy6m on December 27, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    Cricket stat of the year must be Jonathan Trott having the second highest batting average of all time. Unless there's rain forecast in the next 3 days there's no need to declare. If Trott and Prior can survive the first hour they can cut loose and take the lead to 500, and England still got 7+ sessions to take 10 wickets and the Ashes. It just doesn't get any better!!

  • ell_bee on December 27, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    As a staunch Aussie supporter, I am disgusted at Ponting's behavior today. What this shows the next generation of kids taking up the game is that its ok to argue the toss with officials. As "voluntary"level 2 umpire in another sport, i can only hope that the ICC throws the book at Ponting and gives him a holiday from the sport.

  • Tim40 on December 27, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    Ponting knows he's a dead man walking. The last act from a truly desperate man. He made himself look an idiot.

  • bashar76 on December 27, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    Can't understand why Stephen Smith is No 6 Batsman of Australia. If they need a fifth bowler why haven't they picked up a specialist spinner. Never seen such a stupid decision from Australian Selectors before.

  • AndyVine on December 27, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    poor fella... when i was thinking ponting is about to loose ashes, his captaincy & his place in the playing 11, he himself is adding his integrity to his loosing streak... he is the same guy who kept on saying that the fielder's say should be the final say for a clean catch & not that of an umpire's or whoever's... here is the same guy who is not at all interested in accepting the umpire's or the 3rd umpire's who infact watches the replay again and again closely on a tv... i don't know why people still call him the best captain... may be successful, but that happened because of the players & definitely not his captaincy...

  • elephasMaximus on December 27, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    Is this the 'hard, aggressive and fair' cricket they try to convince me about? A skipper who cheats, whinges and weeps when the boot comes down hard on the neck - is this the best you've got Australia?

  • on December 27, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    Nothing will happen to Ricky Ponting. This is ICC. ICC match referees has penalized Inzamam Ul Haq more than Shane Warne. (Look at the statistics). My dear Aussie friends would anyway find nothing wrong with it. The question is not bad behavior, but who has got the right to behave badly.

  • on December 27, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    England have done well till now and they deserve a win. But how is it that the Australian Captain Ponting gets away with dissent over the Umpire's verdict. Pure arrogance and indiscipline. Will a Captain from the sub continent escape punishment for this dissent. Ponting should be punished for this as this is not the first instance.

  • on December 27, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    It is quite normal for Ponting to react the way he did, Old habits die hard!!!We have seen so many episodes where the punter has behaved very funny and considering his present form as well as his team`s we can only expect the worst.It is really sad to see the former World no 1 team slipping down to the bottom of the table and it will be a harculean task to bounce back in this test. The last thing they can do is make it worse by reacting to third umpire decisions the way they are doing right now!!!looks like they are absolutely desperate and have lost the plot completely.

  • itsankush on December 27, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    Ponting has gone mad. Thats it.

  • on December 27, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    we all like the previous Australian teams for their competitive spirit and never-say -die attitude not for this kinda behaviour. No matter how many runs and centuries ponting score, he can never compared to Bradman and Tendulkar just because they are humility personified. Forget about ICC' action,This kinda cheap behaviour is bringing disgrace to your country especially from a captain.

  • on December 27, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    Congratulations Ricky! You are in violation of Preambles #1, #4 both last sections,#5 first section, Law 1.4 and Law 42.1. Since Kevin Petersen was out soon after, a case for a breach of Law 42.5 could be argued as well. Perversely, apart from the umpires making a report to "any Governing Body", only Law 42 points out any consequences - (i)" award 5 penalty runs to the batting side", and that is if the match referee agrees that Law 42.5 has been broken. Now, it will be interesting to see the response of the Match Referee, Mr Ranjan Madugalle, when faced with such clear evidence of wrong-doing but limited punitive options.

  • goodcricfan10 on December 27, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    After Perth Pontings men promised to sustain the sledging and aggression. By losing his cool and sledging Pieterson he merely kept to an agreed strategy and it certainly paid dividends didn't it? Kevin lost his focus and lost his wicket. Regardless of the outcome this time as a fan I would prefer Oz to win any game by fair means and not lower the stature of the game by bad behaviour. Learn to respect your opponents and the officials.

  • trumpoz on December 27, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    @BDku - If Ponting didn't swear or abuse the umpire then he would be at the lower end of a Level 2 offence which should result in a 50-100% loss of match fee. So long as he didn't swear or abuse the umpire then I think that is about right.

    The Aussies are screwed in this test - the best they can hope for is to show some nerve and courage with their batting in the 2nd innings and make England wait as long as possible to win the match. That just leaves Sydney to square the series, and long-range weather forcasts show it could be trouble due to rain.

  • The_Wicked_Wicket on December 27, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    England's day, yet again & one of Ponting's worst! I was shocked when I watched him take on Aleem Dar and later Hill and KP. I think he needs to kick Haddin's backside & then his own for even asking for a referral! The best thing to happen for Punter is a one match ban that's in effect for the Sydney test. In hindsight, he might've been better of chickening out of this Test with that "injured finger"! It might help him stay on the job a little longer, though I feel he won't be sacked until after the WC. Now to England's way forward & Warne's surprisingly ridiculous comment, England should bat until Tea Day 3 & get ahead by another 200, so that only 2 results are possible. There are still 9 sessions left, weather permitting. On this deck, to declare with 7-8 sessions left, with a "gettable" deficit of 400 may be risky, as the Ozzies could get to 600 in 6 sessions setting England a chase of 150-200, yet have about 2-2.5 sessions to bowl out England in. Looks unlikely though!

  • trumpoz on December 27, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    @BDku - If Ponting didn't swear or abuse the umpire then he would be at the lower end of a Level 2 offence which should result in a 50-100% loss of match fee. So long as he didn't swear or abuse the umpire then I think that is about right.

    The Aussies are screwed in this test - the best they can hope for is to show some nerve and courage with their batting in the 2nd innings and make England wait as long as possible to win the match. That just leaves Sydney to square the series, and long-range weather forcasts show it could be trouble due to rain.

  • on December 27, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    Well done to the poms for metting justice on the arrogant Aussies... It will be nice to declare after the first session tomorrow and bowl them out in two sessions again.. Well done Strauss and your lions!

  • ygkd on December 27, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    Most cricket fans across the globe have a low opinion of Aussie sportsmanship and this latest incident didn't help. I see three available options - an ICC 2-match ban for Ponting, a CA sacking or, the most honourable position, the captain's resignation. Something has to happen, for things have gone too far. So, fellow Australians, if you're tired and stressed with it all, you'll feel better soon. Surely.

  • YorkshirePudding on December 27, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    I was at the match today and what Ponting did was completely off the scale. He is the first to quote the 'Spirit of Cricket' when other players step out of line, yet when he doesnt get the decision he thinks he should that goes out of the window. The majority of the booing came from the Barmy Army (Main culprits), as well as a few Aussie fans. Aleem Dar explained, the reason and that should have been good enough, the problem is that Punter sees the Ashes and his captaincy slipping away with every over. If the match referee doesnt act then there is something wrong, you didnt see Strauss complaining about one of the decisions in the first test, which didnt show on hotspot but did show on sniko.

  • Rosskooo on December 27, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    I noticed something just before the start of play on the first day of the Boxing Day test - The English team were in a huddle on the outfield and Matt Prior turned around and called out something to one of the umpires, who then threw something which looked suspiciously like the game ball to Prior who then returned to the huddle. Isn't this against the rules? The fact that Australia crumbled so badly makes me even more suspicious.

  • on December 27, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    I guess we should spare a thought for the Punter here. He's about to be deemed the worst Australian captain in a hundred years. He can't seem to buy a run at the moment. The cricket we're seeing has a definite 'Men against Boys' feel. Chances are, these will be his last two tests with the baggie green. I guess most people would be a bit grumpy if they knew they were about to be fired.

  • AtticusFinch on December 27, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    Ranjan Madugalle is the Referee, so any guesses on what the outcome of the whole Ponting episode is going to be? He'll probably put his arm around Punter and tell him that such things should not happen on the field and head to the nearest pub to have a beer with Punter and the next day inform everybody that the 'Incident was a minor one and it has been closed'!

  • chandau on December 27, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    Someone said Smith bowled ok !!! just cant understand what he is doing in an Auzzy team. The greats of yesterday may be cringing how a lad who cant bowl or bat decently is doing at #6. Oh how they miss ROY. OK its easy to say punter is not the captain after this series but who will? North not in the team, white not in the team, and clake is living upto his name (not management quality lol). how did auzzy cricket sink this low, no batters, no bowlers and no good captains??? but then who's complaining after putting up with their rubbish for so long first under waugh and continued on by ponting; the sledging, the false hype, the rugby style aggression the racial remarks etc.

  • hurrysh on December 27, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    If Sir Alex Ferguson would have been the english coach, he would have said, "Typical Australians" (when asked about Punter's behaviour). But Punter achieved what he set out to do, ruffle Pietersen and get him out. Actually it should have been Punter's wicket and not siddle's. sorry for being ascerbic and personal. What is most bugging though is the Match ref's attitude. I will be very very surprised if he gets more than a slap on the wrist. This is the reason rest of the world hates the Aus Cric team (not australians). :)

  • cricket_for_all on December 27, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    What kind of crap this guy (Ponting). It was so obvious that the 3rd umpire was correct. Still what kinds of sportsmanship this stupid has. They should give 2 or 3 match ban punishment to this crap. OMG If this is sub-continent caption this is the front page news all over the world.

  • Biggus on December 27, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    Well, I haven't been one of those calling for Ponting to be sacked thus far but after today I'm inclined to think that after Sydney it might be a good thing were Caesar to fall on his sword. It's not that we have any great candidates in waiting, but I feel it's time soon.

  • on December 27, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    I do not agree with Ponting's outburst against the Umpire, even after the Umpire appeared to have explained to him the white mark on Pietersen's bat. After that incident Pietersen only added two more runs before he was plumb lbw so really what was the fuss all about? Trott was absolutely magnificent, and Prior is just 25 away from his first Ashes ton. I have a feeling England will bat the morning session tomorrow, declare with a lead of 420ish, and stick Australia in again with two and 2/3 days of play to go. Ponting should be suspended from the next match, fined 100% of his match fee, and be stripped of his captaincy. This isn't the first time this has happened (and certainly not in Ashes Cricket, anyone remember the Pratt run-out in 2005?), and there's no place for it. In any case, Australia look dead and buried and the Ashes remaining in England for another three years. Just three days left to go.

  • azzaman333 on December 27, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    Good thing we didn't drop Siddle, otherwise we probably wouldn't have taken a wicket today.

  • jessiedog on December 27, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    relating to yesterdays comments about Anderson been the equivalent of Steyn? Steyn has played 44 tests for 224 wkts @ 23.6 SR of 40.2, Econ of 3.5/ov. Anderson 55 tests 200wkts @ 31.6. SR of 57. Econ rate of 3.3/ov. Steyn 150kph, Anderson 140kph. Might b clutching at straws there or viewing through rose tinted glasses maybe!!?

  • Okakaboka on December 27, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    Overall a disappointing day. Harris was disappointing..his knees must be hurting..Just didn't threaten. Same as Hilfenhaus..Their category needs to change from fast-medium to medium pace! Johnston was back to bowling assorted rubbish...Bell and Collingwood got themselves out. Smith and Clarke both bowled slow garbage..notice I didn't use the word spin because they don't. Siddle was the only bowler who earnt his money today. I think there is a need for a clean out. Keep Siddle..work in progress and he will be a very good bowler once he becomes more consistent with seaming the ball. Again the Captaincy was poor. Why did Ponting take so long to reintroduce Siddle. He has had the wood on Prior and he really didn't bowl to him until he was well set. Sounds horrible but if Clarke and Ponting make 50 to 70 they won't be doing their country any favours. All or nothing..either make double centuries and rescue the team or go out cheaply so the selectors have no choice but to drop them!

  • Howling_Wolf on December 27, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    England is not only beating Australia in terms of technical cricket, but also in the manner it should be played. I sat last night in disbelief watching Ponting (and Siddle) turning this great game into something which is more endemic in football. Aleem Dar was the hero of the day, in the calm manner that he responded to the abusive tirade thrown at him - and his decisions were and generally are spot-on. You wait all year for this contest, and it's hijacked by a captain of a great cricketing nation, and one who should be setting an example. The sternest of actions must be applied by the match referee.

  • on December 27, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    This man Trott has started galloping with his career after a Trot!superb technique and soft hands his allies and ofcourse the expectation of his own team/public would soon soar given his fantastic start ..looks like he is very nearly the finished article and is ideally suited to bat at No. 3 with his sound defence and attacking instincts.

  • Vroomfondel on December 27, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    Ponting's (and Siddle's) behaviour was appalling. Only Haddin had appealed for the catch. Ponting requested the referral. No deviation, no hot-spot, no snick. Ponting and Siddle berated Aleem Dar for 7+ minutes and then Pietersen. Ponting might be excused some of his behaviour as captain, but Siddle? No. He was not the bowler. Half his match fee for Ponting, Siddle suspended for Sydney at the very least. Absolutely unseemly behaviour. Even the Aussie commentators were shocked. Well played Trott. Now for the double ton, and a ton for Prior.

  • stormy16 on December 27, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    Eng have been awesome to get in to this position and takes us back to the days when SL and Bangledesh started cricket and even they were a bit more competitive at home!! Lets not ditract from the awesome Eng batting today to build on the start on the 1st day - they have hammered the Aussies at home. As for Ponting that was totally unacceptable and deserves the harshest penalty. There is no way in the wide world one cannot accpet a 3rd umpires decision and argue with the on field umpires - its just know cricket and should not be accepted. I expect Pontning to next the next game which in hindsight is probably not the worst thing!!

  • suresh_sksj on December 27, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    Punter has gone nuts....crazy guy....he should know his limitations.....the umpire is the final judge, you just cant keep arguing for years on a decision made by the 3rd umpire after the review.....what the hell is the review system there for....punter take a vacation man...u need it real bad.....u r gone mad

  • on December 27, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    embarrassin. pontings actions today were absolutely disgraceful

  • anver777 on December 27, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    After so many years in cricket & being a captain Ponting should know the basics first. respect the umpire and then obey the playing rules ............setting a bad example for youngsters is not good for this GENTLEMAN'S CRICKET ................... over to u MATCH REFEREE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on December 27, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    Hats off to england seamers

  • Dronaa on December 27, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    Just grind the Aussies to the Melbourne pitch. I guess England should bat till they are all out. Would say atleast 500 ( even considering an early morning collapse). That would leave them 3 days to get the Aussies. So much for big mouth Ponting and his men. Apart from Hussey, Brad Haddin and to some extent Watson, the batting lineup has looked frailer than a porcelain cup. And neither Ponting nor Clarke have stood among the ruins. And to top it , the Australian skipper argues with umpires, which brings back memories of Syndey 07. AS they would say in Australia ... Sorry mayte .. you just didnt lose the Ashes, you 'just lost it'....

  • ulip85 on December 27, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    A very well deserved Ashes comeback for England ! and again a very unsportsmanlike attitude from ponting.

  • selvasnz on December 27, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    Hi, what about one test match ban to Ponting, if Chris Broad as a referee and Ganguly is the captain and arguing such so, what would be - it leads to 2 match ban straight-away, what is the story here. Is aleem dar not complaining anything or what otherwise the referee - RS Madugalle - don't have guts. Make a ban as immediate effect, there is Our Best Cricket is Standing, mind it everybody.

  • sharidas on December 27, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    I really do hope that Ricky Ponting is penalised for his unacceptable behaviour. Questioning an Umpire after a failed referral is like questioning the integrity of the Umpire.The quality of sportsmanship can only be gauged in the manner in which a failure is accepted.Rather than argue with the umpires,he should be thinking of batting for 2 days plus and building up a score to save the match, which certainly is not impossible if one has the quality !

  • on December 27, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    the ICC should make an example out of Ricky ponting. Such behavior is both appalling and the "Integrity" of the game is on the line here.

    Well done aleem dar !

    This clearly shows the Aussies are a bunch of cry babies !!

  • landl47 on December 27, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    Great innings by Trott, well-supported by Pietersen and Prior. Australia didn't bowl all that well with the exception of Siddle, who showed a lot of fire. Hilf and Harris were only steady and Johnson bowled rubbish- he didn't deserve two wickets. Smith was OK, but he won't be a wicket-taker at this level until he can turn the ball more. Most of the breaks went England's way, but that's the nature of the game. As for Ponting, it's not a surprise; he's always yapped at umpires instead of accepting decisions. He talks a lot about sportsmanship off the field but doesn't show much on it. The most appropriate punishment is the one England are giving him- another lost Ashes series to add to his legacy. I'd like to see England bat for another session tomorrow, then see how Australia deal with a 400+ deficit. The more I hear of Warne, the less sense he makes- did he seriously think Strauss should declare with more than 3 days to go? He's nuts.

  • appreciator on December 27, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    For CA to rescue anything from the trainwreck that is Melbourne, they need to give Ponting the sack. Not for ineptitude or lack of form, but for his disgraceful display of petulant temper. Cricket has many good role models for the young (Tendulkar, Amla, Vettori ...), all gritty competitors, but players who behave with dignity and respect. Based on today's behaviour, Ponting no longer is worthy of their august company.

  • on December 27, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    Things can't get worse for Australia, poor performance on the field, captain losing his cool, and England batsmen continuing mental torture by piling up runs, even a Christmas miracle won't be enough for them to save this ashes, POMS must be jubilant by their team's performance, perfect end to a perfect year!

  • Dronaa on December 27, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    Nice way for the England to respond to all the talk that had happened after Perth, about the Aussies coming hard @ them. England have shown in these 2 days is that Perth was just an aberration & normalcy is now restored. For all their agression, Australia have faltered where it mattered most - on the field. And Ricky Ponting has to take a fair share of that blame on his shoulders. Where Steve Waugh and Mark Taylor matched words with action Ponting has come up with just empty words. Its not about losing the Ashes, that will take Ponting down, its the way the team has capitulated which hurts most. The Aussie fighting spirit is only highlighted by a few in the team & unfortunately neither captain nor his deptuty figure in that, which is real bad news. And the less said about Mitchell Johnson the better. Perth is history & the way things are, he's part of another ignominy soon. This certainly seems the end of the road for Ponting, a pity it had to happen like this. Adios Punter, ciao, bye.

  • BDKu on December 27, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    I just hope Ranjuan Madugalle will not do disgrace to his job and allow Ricky ponticg scott free or with a $2 fine. Australians are loosing because they are not playing well and not because umpiring is bad. Ponting should be banned from the rest of the series. May be that will enable some one else to come at no 3 and score some runs to stop this disgraceful batting and behaviour. English team may even object for his ban as they know having Ponting @ no 3 is a sitting duck

  • anver777 on December 27, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    Trott-Prior partnership is a good lesson for Aussie batsmen....... so far Prior is having an excellent match with 6 victims in the 1st innings (hopefully few more in the 2nd) & fighting unbeaten 75 @ stumps !!!!!!!! Eng is poised for an innings victory here !!!!!! Sorry !! Aussies only a miracle can save this match for u ...........

  • Aussasinator on December 27, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    Some strong action is needed against Ponting if people have to retain any faith in sportsmanship. He has been getting away for far too long with ugly behaviour.

  • adamgilly on December 27, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    CAN THIS NONSENSE CAPTAIN STOP HUMILIATION OF AUSSIES PRIDE.... WHY ON EARTH HE WAS ARGUING WITH UMPIRE????? i think its time for him to hang his boots.... disgrace to cricket.... has given another chance to world crkt to bad mouth OZ...... ashamed to call myself aussie when i see this ridiculous player.............. god save oz cricket

  • alsim on December 27, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    Trott's innings reminds me alot of those Steve Waugh use to play. Its getting very sticky on Ricky.I like what I'm seeing though,one team can't dominate for so long. As a West Indian,it makes me wonder if there's a problem with dominant teams creating an effective continuity process,we were once the giants,we lost that crop of players and now we're struggling to find ourselves,the same is happening now with the ausies. Perhaps someone who reads this can enlighten me on this topic. I must say this though,the ausies have a reputation of being down but never out,but even if miraculously they find a way back,they are performing a long way below par.

  • on December 27, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    So, Is Sydney going to be Ponting's retirement ground?

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  • on December 27, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    So, Is Sydney going to be Ponting's retirement ground?

  • alsim on December 27, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    Trott's innings reminds me alot of those Steve Waugh use to play. Its getting very sticky on Ricky.I like what I'm seeing though,one team can't dominate for so long. As a West Indian,it makes me wonder if there's a problem with dominant teams creating an effective continuity process,we were once the giants,we lost that crop of players and now we're struggling to find ourselves,the same is happening now with the ausies. Perhaps someone who reads this can enlighten me on this topic. I must say this though,the ausies have a reputation of being down but never out,but even if miraculously they find a way back,they are performing a long way below par.

  • adamgilly on December 27, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    CAN THIS NONSENSE CAPTAIN STOP HUMILIATION OF AUSSIES PRIDE.... WHY ON EARTH HE WAS ARGUING WITH UMPIRE????? i think its time for him to hang his boots.... disgrace to cricket.... has given another chance to world crkt to bad mouth OZ...... ashamed to call myself aussie when i see this ridiculous player.............. god save oz cricket

  • Aussasinator on December 27, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    Some strong action is needed against Ponting if people have to retain any faith in sportsmanship. He has been getting away for far too long with ugly behaviour.

  • anver777 on December 27, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    Trott-Prior partnership is a good lesson for Aussie batsmen....... so far Prior is having an excellent match with 6 victims in the 1st innings (hopefully few more in the 2nd) & fighting unbeaten 75 @ stumps !!!!!!!! Eng is poised for an innings victory here !!!!!! Sorry !! Aussies only a miracle can save this match for u ...........

  • BDKu on December 27, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    I just hope Ranjuan Madugalle will not do disgrace to his job and allow Ricky ponticg scott free or with a $2 fine. Australians are loosing because they are not playing well and not because umpiring is bad. Ponting should be banned from the rest of the series. May be that will enable some one else to come at no 3 and score some runs to stop this disgraceful batting and behaviour. English team may even object for his ban as they know having Ponting @ no 3 is a sitting duck

  • Dronaa on December 27, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    Nice way for the England to respond to all the talk that had happened after Perth, about the Aussies coming hard @ them. England have shown in these 2 days is that Perth was just an aberration & normalcy is now restored. For all their agression, Australia have faltered where it mattered most - on the field. And Ricky Ponting has to take a fair share of that blame on his shoulders. Where Steve Waugh and Mark Taylor matched words with action Ponting has come up with just empty words. Its not about losing the Ashes, that will take Ponting down, its the way the team has capitulated which hurts most. The Aussie fighting spirit is only highlighted by a few in the team & unfortunately neither captain nor his deptuty figure in that, which is real bad news. And the less said about Mitchell Johnson the better. Perth is history & the way things are, he's part of another ignominy soon. This certainly seems the end of the road for Ponting, a pity it had to happen like this. Adios Punter, ciao, bye.

  • on December 27, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    Things can't get worse for Australia, poor performance on the field, captain losing his cool, and England batsmen continuing mental torture by piling up runs, even a Christmas miracle won't be enough for them to save this ashes, POMS must be jubilant by their team's performance, perfect end to a perfect year!

  • appreciator on December 27, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    For CA to rescue anything from the trainwreck that is Melbourne, they need to give Ponting the sack. Not for ineptitude or lack of form, but for his disgraceful display of petulant temper. Cricket has many good role models for the young (Tendulkar, Amla, Vettori ...), all gritty competitors, but players who behave with dignity and respect. Based on today's behaviour, Ponting no longer is worthy of their august company.

  • landl47 on December 27, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    Great innings by Trott, well-supported by Pietersen and Prior. Australia didn't bowl all that well with the exception of Siddle, who showed a lot of fire. Hilf and Harris were only steady and Johnson bowled rubbish- he didn't deserve two wickets. Smith was OK, but he won't be a wicket-taker at this level until he can turn the ball more. Most of the breaks went England's way, but that's the nature of the game. As for Ponting, it's not a surprise; he's always yapped at umpires instead of accepting decisions. He talks a lot about sportsmanship off the field but doesn't show much on it. The most appropriate punishment is the one England are giving him- another lost Ashes series to add to his legacy. I'd like to see England bat for another session tomorrow, then see how Australia deal with a 400+ deficit. The more I hear of Warne, the less sense he makes- did he seriously think Strauss should declare with more than 3 days to go? He's nuts.