Stewing Punter not ready for peace with AB, Chappelli
Ricky Ponting hasn’t made peace with Ian Chappell and Allan Border and has no plans to for quite some time. A stewing Ponting denied he is ready to offer an olive branch to the former Test captains following the huge outcry over the current skipper’s controversial tactics in last week’s fourth Test in India.
Among the torrent of criticism over his decision to speed up the team’s slow over-rate, instead of ruthlessly chasing a series-levelling victory in Nagpur, Ponting was cut deepest by that from Chappell and Border.
The pair believed Ponting put himself ahead of the team’s cause by bowling part-timers to ensure he wouldn’t be suspended for this week’s first Test against New Zealand at the Gabba.
“I haven’t spoken to either of those two gentlemen and probably won’t for a while I wouldn’t have thought,” Ponting said on Tuesday.
“I don’t mind anyone questioning tactics of mine but the thing that worried me the most over this whole issue was the fact that everybody seemed to be saying I was putting myself ahead of the team and I thought that was a bit unfair because anyone who knows me would say otherwise.”
At a pre-Test luncheon in Brisbane, Ponting also said the International Cricket Council and Test playing nations needed to prioritise Test cricket’s place in the international calendar.
He feared for the future of the five-day game with the rise of Twenty20 cricket, which has eaten into the calendar for Tests, and also contributed to the plundering of minor nations.
New Zealand travelled to Australia minus half their best team due to their signing for the rebel Indian Cricket League.
As a non-sanctioned tournament, ICL players, including Black Caps spearhead Shane Bond, are barred from ICC events.
“I think something has to give,” Ponting said over the growth of new Twenty20 tournaments across the world.
“There’s just not enough time in the calendar to fit everything in.
“I’m a bit old-school in my thoughts about the game but Test cricket is the purest form of the game and the one I enjoy most.”
Ponting said time was running out for the problem to be addressed.
“What we can’t afford to have is New Zealand losing another seven players next year.”© AAP 2013