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Ponting will be lucky to escape match-ban

December 27th 2010 12:57
In one of my prior pieces here, I had said that the Ashes this year needed some spice; there was too much love between the two sides in the first couple of games. It took only an Adelaide loss for the Aussies to come out firing all cylinders, both with the bat/ball and the verbals.

Ricky Ponting has never had the best of the sportsmanship in recent time as has been evidenced by the manner in which he has been reprimanded by his own board. So much so that the cricket board had afforded him special instructions to keep his players on a leash. Which is probably why, the cricket was getting a tad dull.

After the verbals at Perth came the second day at the MCG. While a face-off with the opposition in terms of sledging may not be such a bad idea - especially given that England has been known to dish out as well in recent times - what is probably unacceptable is to take on the umpires. Especially for no fault of theirs.

This is what actually happened between Ponting and Aleem Dar at the MCG today. One now gets the sense that if the Aussies do manage to lose the Ashes at Melbourne, the discussion on whether or not the selectors will give Ponting the axe will come later than whether or not the referee will do so.

Time and again, Ponting has overstepped but never has he been penalised heavily. Time may be right to do so.
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