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Ponting may escape trouble

cricket Updated: Feb 23, 2011 01:11 IST
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Ricky Ponting's frustration after being run out in Monday's match against Zimbabwe caused damage to a TV set in the dressing room, although the Australia captain is unlikely to be penalised for that.

According to the team's media manager, Lachy Patterson, after he entered the dressing room, Ponting removed his abdomen guard and hurled it on the floor and it bounced and hit the TV screen. “It was an accident and the screen was not broken. Ponting brought this to the notice of the team manager and apologised.”

Contrary to reports in certain sections of the media, the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) too said Ponting didn't smash the TV screen with his bat.

“From what I heard, Ponting flung his gloves and one of them hit the screen. It wasn't broken but the impact must have caused some internal damage. We replaced the TV,” said GCA secretary Rajesh Patel.

Patel said they were not treating the issue seriously. “We will inform representatives of the International Cricket Council (ICC) about the incident. But we will not lodge a complaint because we don't think it is that serious.”

When contacted, an ICC official said he came to know about it only through the media. “I have spoken to the match referee (Roshan Mahanama) and he is not aware of any such incident.”

Optimistic sans Mike

AP adds: Ponting hoped the exclusion of Mike Hussey won't hurt Australia after reports confirmed the batsman has recovered from a hamstring injury and could have played in his team’s second game of the tournament on Friday. Hussey —Australia's top ODI batsman at No. 4 — was left out of the squad but said he should have been given a chance to return to full fitness.

Ponting said, “We’re disappointed for him (Hussey) but all we can do is move on.”