Ponting is crap as captain: Jeff Thomson

Published: Wednesday, July 1, 2009, 18:17 [IST]
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'Ponting crap as a captain'

Melbourne: Former Australian pace sensation Jeff Thomson has described current Australian captain Ricky Ponting as a “crap captain".

Thomson observes that Ponting should never have been given the Australian captaincy five years ago and believes England has the advantage going into this year"s Ashes series.

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Thomson, who had taken 200 Test wickets in his career, also believes the inclusion of spinner Nathan Hauritz in Australia''s Ashes squad further highlights those deficiencies.

The Sun quoted Thomson , as saying: "I thought Ricky was c**p when he was first captain in 2004 and nothing much has improved since then. I''m not the only one who thinks that. I''ve always bagged him and everyone at home thinks he''s s**t at the captaincy. He's a great player but captaincy is a totally different thing."

"He was in a side that had very good players and now he's got a side that has average players. He''s still left wanting. You see it on him - he gets frustrated. He worries when the players don't do what he''s used to with the ball when he passes it to them," he added.

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"The choices he makes, his field settings and the things he does are never right. England has the edge in the captaincy department. But while England have a better captain, Australia have a better line-up," he said.


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