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Rixon wants Katich to replace timid Ponting as captain

cricket Updated: Aug 30, 2009 15:00 IST
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Former stumper Steve Rixon believes Australia has lost their ruthless cutting edge under Ricky Ponting and wants Simon Katich to take over the Test captaincy reins.

According to him, Ponting, despite being a magnificent batsman, has never been a great captain and the team mellowed down under his leadership.

It's time to allow a stronger character like Simon Katich to take over," he argued.

"We've lost our edge. I don't relate to the brand of cricket we are playing under Ricky. We aren't playing the sort of cricket that has made us ruthless and a team that no one really likes to play," Rixon said.

"Teams aren't capitulating under pressure like they used to. We seem to have a more timid nature...and that could certainly have a bearing on a tight series like the one in England," he was quoted as saying in The Daily Telegraph.

"If we're going to look at change, I'd be looking at Simon Katich. Simon is a tenacious leader. I worked with him at NSW and I know what he can offer as a captain. He's tough, he won't take a backward step, he plays aggressive cricket -and that is synonymous with the Australian style," Rixon added.