Last edited by pasag; 05-06-2008 at 01:07 PM.
Rest In Peace Craigos
I think the Windies should be given some credit for drawing this test since they have collapsed againts far poorer bowling attacks in recent times, instead of foolishly rediculing Ponting for making a pretty fair comment.
Sreesanth said, "Next ball he was beaten and I said, 'is this the King Charles Lara? Who is this impostor, moving around nervously? I should have kept my mouth shut for the next ball - mind you, it was a length ball - Lara just pulled it over the church beyond the boundary! He is a true legend."
This smacks of making an assumption that Australia were going to win if the pitch had something for the bowlers.
Once again..Dont try to be an smartass and start calling others opinions as foolish just because they are different from yours.I think the Windies should be given some credit for drawing this test since they have collapsed againts far poorer bowling attacks in recent times, instead of foolishly rediculing Ponting for making a pretty fair comment.
The quote you gave had Ponting being asked about the pitch by Jim Maxwell and he answered honestly and truthfully and saying the same thing most were saying in the media and on the forum. When talking about the loss he said Aus weren't good enough and Australian bowlers didn't perform and when asked about the pitch he answered about that as well. As far as I can see the criticism here is undeserving.
the point is you don't say the below to someone who calls Dravid a dunderhead
thats the point i m making, i.e. practice what you preach
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@pasag - Johnson is just an average bowler, Agreed I have not watched him in this series, but whenever I have watched him, I have been surprised to see someone like him got to play for Australia in test matches. If Jonshon and Macgill have been average in this series, Ponting should share the blame for picking them in the final XI.
Him making statemet like 'I made all the changes....but..they were not good enough' is simply unacceptable IMO.
About the quote - Even Maxwell was being just so unreasonable there with his question like 'Pitch the man of the match ?' common. Besides just because Ponting was honest with his answer about the pitch doesn't mean he was right. I dont really have a problem with him calling the pitch out in his report, which he should definately do, but calling Sarwan/Chanders out and saying 'If you are going to prepare this sort of pitch then you are not going to win test matches' is flat out pompous and self righteous especially when Pitches elsewhere (including his own country) have not been much better.
Last edited by Sanz; 05-06-2008 at 02:01 PM.
Yeah I agree both should not have been in this Test (and said so numerous times in the official thread) and if Ponting had a large part to play in that then he should definitely hold a lot of the blame there, though I don't know what the deal is there. There are two selectors in the WI afaik, so I don't know who is making the final calls.
True Maxwell was being a bit silly, but as I said before, I really can't see much wrong with that interview from Ponting. He has done plenty wrong in the past year (going off at that Indian reporter after Sydney, for one) but not this, IMO. As I said, Ponting has recently been pretty good in after match interviews, again, IMO.
That said - I think these days we criticize the pitches too much too often. If it helps the bowlers too much, we call it a minefiled, if it spins - we call it a dustbowl, if there it has uneven bounce, we call it underprepared, if it allows runs, we call it featherbed.
Considering how hard it is to prepare a sporting pitch, I find it very unfair and uncalled for. It is kinda becoming like umpiring, unless it is perfect, it will be criticized. How many times in the last 10 years have we seen a test match where a wicket has been perfect ?
Besides, isn't it what makes test cricket challenging ?
Besides Isn't that difference/variation itself in the pitches is the beauty of test cricket ?
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Eoin Morgan on being given a rice cooker for being Man of the Match in a Dhaka Premier Division game.
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