Ponting blames himself for series loss

Published: Thursday, October 14, 2010, 11:37 [IST]
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Ponting takes up the blame

Ricky Ponting the Aussie skipper has declared himself responsible for the series loss to India stating that he should have scored more runs than what he did in the recently concluded test series which Australia lost 2-0 to India.

Though Ponting was able to hit three half centuries in the series, no match winning knocks came form his willow in contrast to his counter part Sachin who was adjudged the player of the series.

Tendulkar compiled 403 runs with an outstanding average of 134.33 in the two match series which included his double knock in the first innings of the Bangalore test and a solid 53 in the second innings to see India through and seal the series eventually.

Ponting was able to score 224 runs with a decent average of 56, but this was not to be enough for the Aussies to take a dominating stand against the No.1 test team in the world.

"I don't feel like I did my bit with the bat,when you get in and make 60 or 70, you expect to go on and make big scores. Tendulkar did it, he went on to make 200," Ponting said.

"If I had made 200 in the first innings, the result might have been different. We've all got to be harsh on ourselves," he added.

"Three out of the four innings in the 70s is not good enough from me. I am as disappointed with the way I played as anybody else. When you get those starts, you have to capitalise." the Aussie skipper expressed.

With the loss in this test series, Australia is yet to win a match in India under the captency of Ricky Ponting since 2004.

Earlier in the series the Australian team suffered a big blow when they lost the first test at Mohali with a narrow margin of one wicket, courtesy some gutsy efforts by the courageous VVS Laxman, who defied killing back spasm to score an unbeaten 73 in the second innings and put up an 81 run partnership with tail ender Ishant Sharma to win the test.

Although, Laxman had to miss the second test, his replacement the debutant Cheteswar Pujara with his match winning innings of 72 did showed every one that he has got the apt talent to be a part of the No.1 test team in the world.

Ponting would have never imagined of a worse situation ahead of the Ashes series against England that is due to start in Brisbane next month.

The Aussie skipper has been under the scanner straight away with criticizim coming from former teammate Shane Warne against the field set by Ponting for the spinner Nathen Hauritz in the Bangalore Test.

Warne twitted, "How the hell can Hauritz bowl to this field??"

"Feeling for Hauritz, terrible!! What are these tactics? Sorry Ricky, but what are you doing." the spin wizard expressed in his tweet.

Answering to Warne's criticism Ponting said, "Every field that Nathan has had to bowl with since he's been here has been at his request -- it's the field he wants to bowl to,"

"Unfortunately it doesn't appear that Shane would take the time to ask anyone about that.

"There is no doubt we will all face a bit of criticism having lost two Test matches in India.

"It would be nice if they were a bit more informed before they made some of those comments though," the Aussie skipper added.

Although off late Warne has said that Ponting and he are still "mates" despite their word fight. He showed his faith in the Australian team and expressed that he is pretty sure the team will bounce back in the Ashes series

The loss in the recent series has taken Australia to the fifth spot in the test ranking table as India continue to enjoy the No.1 spot.


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