Warne criticizes Ponting's tactics for Hauritz

Published: Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 16:00 [IST]
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Warne furious with Ponting's tactics

Former Australian spin-wizard Shane Warne has criticized Ricky Ponting's tactics for Nathan Hauritz's bowling on the final day through a twit.

Warne has backed Hauritz who was taken for 22 runs off his opening two overs on day 5.

"How the hell can hauritz bowl to this field??" Warne tweeted. "Feeling for hauritz , terrible!! What are these tactics? Sorry Ricky but what are you doing."

At times Hauritz had a field with a deep point, long-on and long-off, while also having a slip, short-leg and leg slip.

In his first over Hauritz went for 12, with debutant player for India, Cheteshwar Pujara driving him on the off-side for two boundaries, and there was a cover drive to the boundary from Murali Vijay in the second.

"With the wicket up and down and spinning big, tactics and backing bowler [are] crucial," an earlier tweet said. "Pressure on Ponting and Australian bowlers."

Media reports suggested that Ponting and Hauritz have had differences of opinion over how he should bowl during the series. The off spinner has had a tough series and has struggled to make an impact. In the first Test he returned 3 for 161 and in the opening innings of this match managed 2 for 153.


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