Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said Monday he will seek an explanation from Test captain Ricky Ponting over his much-criticised bowling tactics in the final Test against India.
Australian press have slammed Ponting for worrying more about his own threatened suspension than his team's chances of levelling the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series against India.
Cricket writers and commentators were stunned by what they saw as his efforts to improve Australia's sluggish over rate rather than going for broke to try and win the vital Nagpur Test.
Under International Cricket Council regulations, a captain can face a ban for his team's slow over rate.
Australia went down in the final Test by 172 runs on Monday's final day to lose the series 2-0.
Sutherland was careful not to criticise the skipper, but told reporters here he wanted to know what prompted his decision-making.
"I haven't had a chance to talk to Ricky today about what went on during the tea break (on the fourth day) and what the messages were that came from the umpires," he said.
"But clearly he and (coach) Tim Nielsen, who are the leaders on the ground there in terms of tactics, they would have made whatever judgements they thought were most appropriate in the circumstances."
Asked if he was concerned, Sutherland said: "I might be concerned, I might not be, it depends on ... getting a really clear understanding of the circumstances that ensured we played the way we did after the tea break.
"It's not something I do every day, but at various stages I see that's part of my responsibility as chief executive, just to get a feel (for the situation)."
Sutherland laughed off suggestions that Ponting should face CA sanction for Sunday's tactics.
"I don't think that's going to happen," he said.