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Ponting's criticism unfair: Border

Former Australian captain Allan Border has thrown his weight behind beleaguered current skipper Ricky Ponting who has drawn flak from past stalwarts for his decisions in the first two Ashes Test.

cricket Updated: Jul 22, 2009 15:12 IST

Former Australian captain Allan Border has thrown his weight behind beleaguered current skipper Ricky Ponting who has drawn flak from past stalwarts for his decisions in the first two Ashes Test.

After failing by just one wicket to win the first Test at Cardiff, Australia played some dreadful cricket at Lord's to lose by 115 runs, and Ponting had to face criticism of his bowling changes in both the matches.

However, Border, who led Australia a record 93 times, feels Ponting's captaincy continues to be unfairly maligned.

"When Ricky took over with the likes of (Shane) Warne and (Glenn) McGrath, the team wasn't all that different and he kept the ball rolling after Steve Waugh," Border said. "The challenges came for him in 2005 in England when he didn't have a fit McGrath and it became more difficult. I think he's learnt from that and become a really good leader. The boys really like playing for him. That's all you can do, really," he said.

Border insisted a captain was often only as good as his bowlers.

"The rest of it is down to what sort of cattle you've got at your disposal and how they're playing. The decisions you make on field are not really rocket science a lot of the time.

"It's the environment you create. If you've got a good environment you can get the best out of your players," he was quoted as saying by The Australian."