Ricky Ponting has made many incorrect decisions, and perhaps the free ride he has had so far, due to the carry over from the brilliance injected by steve waugh.
The once highly disciplined team in the field, who had an aura of invincibility seems to be dead. Gone are the days when a team fears the Australians.
They are no longer the tight knit unit they once were. The once brilliant fielding side, is now dropping easy catches, and missing run out opportunities. In the past, when australia have not been able to take a wicket to break a partnership, it's been a brilliant catch or run out that has brought them back in the game. Now the easy catches are being dropped, putting the bowlers into further misery.
The once highly strategic field placings are also gone. No longer do they seem to have a set plan to every batsman. Fieldsman are put in random positions, whilst the ball goes through 3rd man time and time again, with no fielder placed there. The englishman certainly weren't complaining.
Then comes the issue of Shane Warne. Champion bowler, 600 test match wickets, greatest leg spinner ever are some of his accolades. He had to stand around scratching his balls whilst trescothick and Vaughan ammased a huge total. Where was warne?
Reports say that he has a tiff with the captain Ricky Ponting. Perhaps this was Ponting's way of getting back at Warne. Which brings us back to the tiff.. What was the reason? Apparently it had to do with the fact that Ponting decided to bowl first, and Warne felt that batting first would have been the wisest thing.
In a team that had just lost their 400 wicket Fast bowler, their main spearhead, Warne was the bowling strength. Ponting should have played to give the biggest advantage to Warne. Yet he made the now seemingly ridicilous decision of bowling first and paid the price.
Ponting hasn't had the same influence on the team that a good captain should have. Steve Waugh had an awesome influence on the side. The team was a picture of confidence and they won match after match, steam rolling whoever was in the way. This current side, led by Ponting, has lost that killer instinct.
Warne, who is well acknowledged for his tactical nous, and is regarded the best captain australia never had. Perhaps his time has come