Australian captain Ricky Ponting maybe struggling for form and is currently under fire from all quarters for not preventing the visiting English side from retaining the Ashes. But his former team-mate and pace-bowling legend Glenn McGrath has come forward to support him.
The former Australian pace spearhead was of the opinion that the 36-year-old Ponting would finish his career with most runs in the history of Tests ahead of India's champion batsman Sachin Tendulkar.
"I always had a lot of faith in Ricky (Ponting) as a captain and a bloke. I'd play under him any day of the week. I've still got total faith in him. I always felt that Ricky would finish his Test career with the most runs of anyone in the history of the game," McGrath said.
"Sachin (Tendulkar) is probably a little bit out of reach at the moment but I've got total faith in Rick bouncing back," he added.
At 37, Tendulkar is still a formidable batsmen and presently leads the run-getters chart in Test matches with 14,532 runs while Ponting comes in second with 12,363 runs.
McGrath was sympathetic and understanding of Australia's loss in the all-important fourth Test at Melbourne.
"Like I said, it wasn't that long ago that Australian cricket was too strong and that was bad for world cricket. It goes in cycles. All of a sudden, the boys have lost a few games and everyone is calling for their heads," McGrath was quoted as saying by a leading Australian nerwspaper.
McGrath has taken 563 wickets in Test cricket, which included 157 English scalps, 381 in one-day internationals and five in Twenty20.