Whilst morally it's hard to defend, I'm have frankly been outraged if we hadn't tried something like it once it became apparent that time as well as overs bowled was a factor. Would've been unprofessional. No different to those association football substitutions made a couple of minutes from the end solely to waste time.
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Ponting can get right off his high horse. Australia would have done exactly the same and it's nice how he didn't mention how Haddin continues to keep wicket with his hands in front of the stumps. Now that's not exactly in the spirit either is it Ricky lad?
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The argument that "you'd do it too" is a hollow one, and as for saying Ponting can't make a comment because of his own actions - that's ridiculous.
But, we wouldn't have won anyway by that stage. Ponting himself said it wasn't why we didn't get the win.
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How the hell do you guys know that we would have done the same thing if positions were reversed? It's a totally ridiculous accusation founded upon nothing.
Again though, bottom line is we had 69 balls at 10 and 11 and couldn't get them out.
You make a good point mate. He should raise it. So if it's tried on again the match officials are all aware of it as an issue. There may be a time when it will be of some importance, if the minty grubs have another crack at it.
It's also about when these things happen, as it is in any sport. Get a dodgy bit of gamesmanship on day 2 of a bore-draw, or in the 30th minute of a league game, no one notices. Same thing happens in the 80th minute, it's headline news.
Loving the comment about Ponting's appeal from the same people who mocked their own bloke (Monty, with Strauss at slip baying away btw) for excessive appealing.
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