Thursday, February 23, 2012

Clarke says. Sacking Ponting was tough.

Australian captain Michael Clarke has said he was partly answerable for the sacking of former captain Ricky Ponting from the one-day squad.

Clarke wrote about how difficult the decision had been in a newspaper column on Thursday, while toting up that the 37-year-old Ponting remain a huge part of our test team. I’m 100 % part of the choice panel - that's part now of the captain's job," he wrote in a New Ltd column. "We've made this decision as a panel.

It is tough not having the great Ricky Ponting out there..... Playing ODI cricket for us but that's the choice we've made."Clarke replaced Ponting as captain after England complete a 3-1 Ashes series win on Australian soil in January 2011, attractive part of the national side's selection panel.

Ponting's axing from the ODI side earlier this week as Australia build a side for the 2015 World Cup trigger fierce contest in the country. Without peer in the 50-overs game, Ponting has racked up 13,704 runs in 375 matches at an average of 42, also winning three World Cups in his 17-year career.

After accepting his ODI international career was ended, Ponting said he would go on in test cricket and hope to play in the 2013 Ashes. His test place had also been under strain at the end of last year but he respond with 544 runs at an average of 108 as hosts Australia whitewashed India 4-0.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Ponting consider play future after ODI axing

Sydney- Feb 20. Ricky Ponting's ODI international career appear over on Monday after he was dropped from Australia's team after a dismal run of form, and was consider his future in the game.

Chief selector John Inveracity announced the axing of Ricky Ponting, the 2nd all-time leading runs corer in ODIs, after he scored just 18 runs in five tri-series knock against India and Sri Lanka.Ricky Ponting has be dropped from the (ODI) squad due to his lack of form in the five tri-series matches to date," Inveracity said. Meeting reporters in Perth, Inveracity also said there were no guarantee Ponting continues playing Test cricket, and that the former captain was pondering his next steps.

Ponting is going to think his future over the next couple of days and he'll talk it over with his family and with his manager, and my estimate is he'll be giving a press conference in the next two or three days," he said.Ponting, 37, said earlier that he wanted to battle during his current slump. He has averaged just 3.60 in his five tri-series innings. But Inveracity, while praising Ponting's input over an impressive 17-year ODI career, seem to shut the door on any future for the expert in Australia's one-day side.

The team will not seem the same not including him, but moving on from the exclusion of players who have been outstanding over a long time of time is the nature of selected game, he said."He made a double century in his last Test match and we are hopeful that he remains available for Test match cricket, but there can be no guarantee in elite game and in the Australian team.”Inveracity added” If he drops out of the ODI team then there's a possible lack of thrust there.

There are three Test matches in the West Indies (in April), then as I appreciate it there are no more Test matches until October or November. The selectors dumped Ponting as they announced a 13-man squad with all-rounder Shane Watson returning for Australia's next two tri-series ODIs, against Sri Lanka in Hobart on Friday and India in Sydney next Sunday.Ponting's sacking came a day following he led Australia to a crushing 110-run win over India in Brisbane as stand-in for injured skipper Michael Clarke. But while the other batsmen made merry, he scored just seven runs from 26 balls.

Ponting said after Sunday's victory that he had no target of seeking a rest to freshen up."It's fair to say I've struggle in the first five games," he told reporters."I'm not going to put my hand up and say I want a break, since when you are going through a bend trot like I've had the last couple of games, you want to turn that approximately."Ponting ranks second only to India's Sachin Tendulkar with nearly all ODI runs (13,704) from 375 matches, while he has scored 13,200 runs in 162 Tests matches."Ricky's record speaks for itself," Inveracity said.

He is one of the truly great performers in the history of Australian ODI cricket, with his standing enhanced further by him captain ship Australia to two World Cup victories."Inveracity said that Ponting's giving to the Australia ODI team went far beyond his batting statistics and excellent t fielding.
The example he sets in every respect and his very positive influence in the dressing-room is approved by all," he said, while hailing Ponting's "selfless" motivation to stand in for Clark recently.

Ponting sacking comes less than a month after his dominant role in Australia's 4-0 clean sweep of the home pitch Test series against India. He was 2nd for most series runs only to Clarke, scoring 544 at 108.80 with 2 centuries and 3.50s.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Ponting as captain for Sydney ODI

Melbourne, Feb 14: Former Australian captain Steve Waugh has slam the national selectors for choosing Ricky Ponting as skipper more vice captain David Warner to replace the injured Michael Clarke rest for the Sydney ODI against Sri Lanka.

They put David Warner in there as vice-captain; I assume they think he's control material. If he's vice-captain, why can't he be captain? Ricky can do the job blindfolded but the future is David Warner, so I'm staggered they didn't go to Warner," The omen Sun quoted Waugh, as saying. Waugh also came out in maintain of wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, who was been replace by Matthew Wade.

If he's rested, why doesn't he come back in and be captain? He was vice-captain of the Test side so there was a chance for Brad to be captain of the one-day team," he said. Chairman of selectors John Inveracity said acting Vice-captain David Warner was not set to fill the control role in Clarke's deficiency.

David Warner is a youthful player making his way. He displays great leadership potential, but the selection panel is of the view that he must not, at this second, have the added duty of captaincy thrust on him, he said. David has been in advance valuable experience under Michael Clarke's captaincy and now he will have the chance to grow his leadership skills additional as vice-captain to Ricky Ponting.

The squad for Australia's next two one-day matches is:

Ricky Ponting (C, Friday), David Warner (VC), Dan Christian, Xavier Doherty, Peter Forrest, Ben Hilfenhaus, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Brett Lee, Mitchell Marsh, Clint McKay, Mitchell Starc, and Matthew Wade.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Clarke injury Miss to Sri Lanka Sydney match

SYDNEY: Australia Captain Michael Clarke has been ruled out of Friday's triangular series match next to Sri Lanka in Sydney with a right restrict injury, Cricket Australia said on Monday.

The selectors name the Australian squad for the next bunch of matches in the triangular series on Tuesday we are they will also have to select a replacement captain for Friday's fixture. Michael Clarke continued a low grade right restrict strain in the ODI versus India in Adelaide on Sunday, Australia team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said in a report.

He had scans today (Monday) that complete the low grade nature of the injury. He will not recuperate in time to play in Australia's next... game on Friday in Sydney against Sri Lanka but I will assess him later this week and decide on his accessibility for the match in Brisbane on Sunday 19 February against India."Clarke broke the information of his injury first on Twitter. Pleasant to back in Sydney... Having a scan this afternoon so will keep you all informe Feeling very affirmative. Thanks for the concern.

michael-clarke tweeted earlier on Monday. After getting his scan reports, Clarke was happy that the injury was a small one and said he hoped to be back for Australia's match against India. I have a rank one hamstring strain so will be out of Friday's game vs. SL but with anticipation be back for Sunday next to India in Brisbane. Good news," he said India plays Sri Lanka in Adelaide on Tuesday in the fifth match of the triangular series. Next we have think chance to ponding.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sri Lanka to Australia's weakness in bowling department

Sydney: Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayewardene has claimed Australia's bowling attack is their weakness, and his team would look to expose it in Friday's one-day international at the WACA.

He said if his team plays neatly, then they could easily expose Australia's weakened bowling attack, which is now without a few of its cutting edge bowlers who are out with injury. Ace fast bowler Brett Lee is out injured due to a broken foot, while the exciting young duo of Pat Cummins and James Pattinson are still trying to make a comeback from injuries.

Jayewardene believe Sri Lanka needs to win the decisive battles during their match against Australia. Ryan Harris, Clint McKay, Xavier Daugherty and Mitchell Starc constitute Australia's pace attack against India in the first ODI international match, which they contentedly won. Harris has endured an injury-hit summer while Starc and McKay are yet to establish themselves as regulars in the national set-up.

Now Jayewardene feels his batting line-up has a good chance to get on top. Harris is a decent bowler but they're still missing quite a few cutting edge guys. That's an area we can aim," The Herald Sun quote Jayewardene, as saying. Meanwhile, swing bowler Ben Hilfenhaus was draft into the squad cover for Lee, but Arthur said he was almost confident to stick with the same bowling attack that perform so well against India last week.