Waugh criticises Ponting's captaincy call

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Published: Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 12:42 [IST]
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Waugh slams Ponting's captaincy call

Sydney, Feb 15: Former Australia captain Steve Waugh has questioned the move to recall Ricky Ponting as captain of the ODI team for Friday's match against Sri Lanka in the absence of regular skipper Michael Clarke, as it would reflect in confusion about the role of the vice-captain as well.

Former Aussie skipper Ponting, who stepped down as Test and ODI captain after the World Cup last year, will be leading the Australian team again on Friday for the clash against Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) since Clarke is out of Friday's game due to a hamstring strain.

Waugh, considered to be the best Aussie captain, has led the side in ODIs and Tests for five years, from 1999 to 2004. The former Aussie skipper, expressed his displeasure as he felt there is some confusion over the captaincy and vice-captaincy roles.

“It"s only a temporary thing but you put Dave Warner in there as vice-captain so I assume they think he is leadership material.

“If he"s vice-captain, why can"t he captain the side as well? Maybe they think Dave"s not quite ready but why is he vice-captain?"

“It doesn"t make sense to me," he said.

Waugh played an important role in Australian cricket's Argus Review, which was undertaken in the wake of the humiliating Ashes defeat around the turn of last year.

The Review's recommendations were about captain seeking help of the vice-captain, when there is a need and it should be clearly defined unlike the move that has been taken by Cricket Australia by appointing Warner as vice captain while Brad Haddin, the current vice-captain is available for selection as he was just rested for the first few matches.

“If he"s rested, why doesn"t he come back in and be the captain?" Waugh questioned.

“He"s vice-captain of the Test side, so there was an opportunity for Brad to be captain of the One-Day team.

“Obviously he is having an enforced rest. I"m not sure what it is. It"s a bit confusing and it"d be good for someone to clear it up," he added.

To make matters worse, Australia's original vice-captain Shane Watson has not recovered yet after sustaining injuries last year during the series against South Africa.


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