Ponting begins damage controlling exercise

Published: Saturday, April 30, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:Despite the sledging row surrounding Shane Warne, Australian skipper Ricky Ponting believes Australia's on-field behaviour is improving.

Ponting said that he would take up the matter with Shane Warne who is accused of sledging Sussex captain Chris Adams in the English County Championship match with Hampshire.

"If you look back at what the team has been able to do over the last couple of years, we have really been able to change the perception," Ponting told the Herald Sun.

"Certainly in the public's eyes but, more importantly, everyone we speak to involved in the game has been really impressed with what we have been able to do with our on-field attitudes."

It may be recalled that Chris Adams had reportedly said that he lost all respect for the champion leg-spinner following the incident that happened during the Hampshire Vs Sussex match.

Meanwhile, James Sutherland, the Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive, was also considering calling Warne, who was exposed for sledging Ronnie Irani last season, after Adams said he was trying to "humiliate young players".

Warne shot back at Adams by saying that he was responding to Matt Prior's "chesting" of Simon Katich during last weekend's County Championship match at Hove.

"I thought cricket was a non-contact sport," he wrote in his Times column. "I was sticking up for my mate and letting Prior know what I thought about his behaviour."

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