Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Critics Need to Walk in Ricky's Shoes

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Critics Need to Walk in Ricky's Shoes

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GET off Ricky's back - I can't believe the hysteria that has surrounded the Aussie skipper since that fateful fourth Test in India last week.

Ricky Ponting has copped an absolute gobful over his bowling rotations late on the fourth day, when many critics believed he had India on the ropes, but put yourself in his situation.

I have taken over the captaincy of my club side, Norths, this season and I can tell you from experience that there are a million things going through your head at once for the entire game, however long it lasts.

So I can imagine what it would be like in a five-day game with millions of people watching your every move.

Try looking at Ricky's situation from the other angle and see what you come up with.

Had Ricky persisted with the pacemen and got himself a ridiculous amount of overs behind schedule, he would have been pilloried just as much as he was for bowling the slow blokes.

And I would point out that Australia struggled to make 200 in its second innings, meaning they were probably already out of the contest even when India was 6-160 odd. …

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