Nagpur, Feb 25: After being a bit of a naughty boy and damaging a TV set in the Australian team's dressing room at Nagpur, Aussie captain Ricky Poting has conceded his guilt and acknowledged an ICC reprimand over the impetuous action.
But Ponting wanted to clarify that the blemish to the TV was caused as he accidentally threw his abdomen guard at it and not his bat, as had been reported earlier. The action stemmed from his frustration at being run-out during Monday's game against Zimbabwe.
"Just to clarify, the television wasn't hit by me with my bat at all, it was hit by my box that I'd thrown down at the end of cricket kit," said Ponting.
"I'm not sure where a lot of those stories have come from but I have accepted what the ICC have come up with as far as a reprimand is concerned from the incident, " Ponting confirmed.
"There was some small damage to the TV set and I went and reported it to the team manager straight away. They actually replaced the television set there and then.Some of the stories I have been hearing the last couple of days have been a little bit different to what the list of events actually were," said Ponting.
While accepting total responsibility for the accident, he also expressed remorse at his misdeed. "There's a line you can't over-step. I accept responsibility for that happening, albeit by total accident and with no malice involved whatsoever.What's happened has happened, I'd like to be able to take it back but I can't."
Talking about his team's chances of winning a fourth consecutive World Cup, Ponting pointed out that they were taking one game at time.
"We haven't been spoken about much as being contenders for this World Cup, which sits pretty well with me," Ponting said. "We'll let the other teams such as India worry about the pressure of being favourites for a tournament like this. All I can do is prepare well and prepare the team well and hopefully go out and play and we'll see how far our talent takes us."