Ponting isn't a 'crap' captain, says Gillespie

Published: Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 14:29 [IST]
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Ponting isn't a 'crap' captain

London: Former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie has said that Ricky Ponting"s captaincy isn"t “crap", and told critics to lay off.

Responding to comments made by former fast bowler Jeff Thomson, Gillespie told Sun Sport: "I find the questioning of his captaincy baffling - this guy will go down as one of the best Australian captains. I seen all these ex-players come out and say he's c**p, but they''ve given no evidence."

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"He's led Australia 57 times and is win record is around 75 per cent. He's had a high turnover of players recently, but still won a Test series in South Africa," he added.

Despite his own shortcomings in the field, Ponting was furious after the Test with England for stalling tactics.

Gillespie, 34, claims the practice will continue until the authorities bring in rules to prevent it.

"The problem with the spirit of cricket is that it's too vague and people have different interpretations of the rules," he said.


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