RE: Ashes 2009
posted in General Discussion
Waugh could have stayed but it was the right time for him to go.
Anyone who says Ponting is a poor captain doesn’t know too much about cricket. He has followed a few greats in regards to captaincy so the chances of him living up to it were remote. He has one every trophy around and is the country’s most prolific run-scorer in test cricket. When his gone, you will regret him not being there.
This test should fizzle out to a draw. No risks needed. Just stay 1-0 down with 2 to go.
He isn’t a good captain though. For one, he uses his influence as captain to push the players he likes (Siddle,Watson,Hilfenhaus) over the players he doesn’t (Clark and Bollinger) ignoring ability and going for the people who are more like him.
He gets too negative too quickly in the field with some of his placings and ultimately, he seems to really be incapable of summing up a situation, hoping it will just take care of itself.
As a player he is simply one of the best bats I’ve ever seen, but that doesn’t make him a good leader. Not every captain can be like Steve Waugh, he was just a natural born leader of men, but Steve Waugh was always on the level with everybody and let them know where they were. Ricky Ponting only ever comes out in support of his boys, and Ponting and the selectors have created a real culture of uncertainty in recent times.