Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ponting Content to Let ICC Do Worrying

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ponting Content to Let ICC Do Worrying

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Byline: David Clough

AUSTRALIA captain Ricky Ponting insists his team must set aside concerns over approaches from suspected illegal bookmakers as an "irrelevance", as they prepare for their Brit Oval Ashes decider.

Ponting confirmed, on the eve of the fifth npower Test, that Australian players responded as instructed by reporting the matter to the International Cricket Council as soon as attempted contact was made.

That was reportedly soon after the second Test at Lord's, and the ICC's anti-corruption and security unit is investigating after receiving a report from Cricket Australia.

"As players and as a team we did everything we were supposed to by the letter of the law and reported it to the ICC," said Ponting. "It's now under ICC investigation."

Pressed on the subject, he declined to comment further - insisting only that readying his team for a match they need to draw to retain the Ashes is an obvious priority. "It's irrelevant going into such a game as this. …

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