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Respect Ponting: ECB tells Barmy Army

Ricky Ponting is not complaining but England and Wales Cricket Board has asked the Barmy Army to respect the Australian captain, who was booed despite emerging as the highest run scorer ever for his country.

cricket Updated: Aug 05, 2009 18:34 IST

Ricky Ponting is not complaining but England and Wales Cricket Board has asked the Barmy Army to respect the Australian captain, who was booed despite emerging as the highest run scorer ever for his country during the third Ashes Test at the Edgbaston ground.

ECB Chief Giles Clarke said ahead of the fourth Test at Headingley, starting Friday, that Ponting has "earned the respect and courtesy" of the crowd and that the game may "never see his like again", reported leading British newspaper the 'Daily Telegraph'.

Ponting, however, said he did not mind the abuse and the banter while describing the "noise" at the Edgbaston ground as a "terrific atmosphere" which added to his Ashes experience..

"One of the memories I will take from Edgbaston was the extraordinary noise. I am told that some people have been upset about the fact that some England fans were booing me but I thought that it was a terrific atmosphere to play in and I loved every minute," he wrote in his column.

"I have said for a long time that the Barmy Army are the best sporting crowd in the world. I don't care what sport you are talking about or what country - they are unbelievably good supporters. There is never anything untoward.

"It is always good light-hearted stuff and when England have a good sniff of winning, the volume goes up tenfold. They add a lot to the whole experience of the Ashes.