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Unwanted record beckons Ponting

Published: Monday, August 3, 2009, 11:47 [IST]
 
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Unwanted record beckons Ponting

Sydney: Ricky Ponting may amongst great players the game has produced but there is one telling record he is desperate to avoid.

Ponting is in seriously in danger of becoming just the second captain of Australia to be in charge of two Ashes series defeats in England, reports the Courier Mail.

The only other is Australia"s first touring captain, Billy Murdoch, well over a century ago.

It would be a sad irony if such a great cricketer with such an imposing record as leader was remembered for being the only captain since the Boer War to have such a blot on his record book.

As holder of the Ashes, Australia needs only to level the series to retain the tiny urn.

But a bad weather forecast for the remainder of this Test, and a dodgy forecast for the fourth Test at Headingley, beginning on Friday, will make the skipper ever more nervous.

Having lost so dramatically in 2005 Ponting stands in very good company amongst fine players who had led their side to a series defeat in England.

Greg Chappell stands chief amongst them after failing to win a Test in 1977 during a tour torn apart by World Series Cricket signings.

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