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CA may grill Ponting

cricket Updated: Nov 11, 2008 01:19 IST

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Cricket Australia will seek an explanation from skipper Ricky Ponting for using part-time bowlers and letting go the initiative on the fourth day of the lost final Test against India just to escape a ban for slow over-rate.

"I haven't had a chance to talk to Ricky about what went on during the tea break and what the messages were that came from the umpires," CA chief executive James Sutherland said.

"But clearly he and (coach) Tim Nielsen, who are the leaders on the ground there in terms of ... Those tactics, they would have made whatever judgments they thought were most appropriate in the circumstances.

"Until I've really had a chance to explore that further, it's difficult for me to comment ... To understand exactly what were the circumstances that were involved, what they were facing, what the situation was in terms of how many overs down they were."

"I'd like to understand the situation," he was quoted as saying by the Australian Associated Press.

Ponting has been criticised by former Australian greats and the media for his ploy which they said was meant to escape a ban for the first Test against New Zealand.

Asked if he was concerned about the incident Sutherland said, "I might be concerned, I might not be, it depends on ... getting a really clear understanding of the circumstances that ensured we played the way we did after the tea break.

However, Sutherland ruled out any sanction against Ponting. "I don't think that's going to happen," he said.

Border, media flay ‘selfish’ Ponting

Melbourne: In what could easily be his worst day in the office, Ponting was flayed by former players and the media here for putting himself ahead of the team.

Former Australia skipper Allan Border, the game's longest serving captain, said Ponting should have attempted to win the match and not worried about his suspension.

"I don't know what to make of all this. They go into the tea break on a high and come out worrying about over rates," Border said. "They let a golden opportunity slip," he rued.

In Sydney Morning Herald, noted cricket writer Peter Roebuck slammed Ponting for sacrificing the country's interest for personal gains.