Warne, Ponting locked in war of words after series whitewash
As India swept the Test series against Australia, legendary spinner Shane Warne lashed out at the losing skipper Ricky Ponting, questioning his tactics. India beat Australia in the second Test by seven wickets to claim the series 2-0.cricket Updated: Oct 14, 2010 12:44 IST
As India swept the Test series against Australia, legendary spinner Shane Warne lashed out at the losing skipper Ricky Ponting, questioning his tactics. India yesterday beat Australia in the second Test by seven wickets to claim the series 2-0.
Even before the match had ended, Warne reacted to Ponting's field placements on his twitter page. "How the hell can Hauritz bowl to this field?? Feeling for Hauritz , terrible !! What are these tactics ? Sorry Ricky but what are you doing," Warne wrote.
Ponting shot back but admitted his side can't avoid criticism in the wake of defeat ahead of Ashes series.
"Every field that Nathan has had to bowl with since he's been here has been at his request. It's the field he wants to bowl to. Unfortunately it doesn't appear that Shane would take the time to ask anyone about that.
He's got his opinion out in the public at the moment," Ponting was quoted as saying by 'The Australian'. "It's a personal opinion, I guess, and something we all face as international cricketers. Different people say different things at different times.
We don't always agree with them but that's life, I guess. There's no doubt we'll face a bit of criticism having lost two Test matches here," he said. Australia will enter the Ashes series against England with its worst Test losing streak in the last 22 years.
The Australians have not suffered a whitewash since 1988-89 home series against the West Indies when they lost 0-3.