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Giving Ponting captaincy leads to confusion

india Updated: Feb 16, 2012 00:02 IST


Steve Waugh has questioned recalling Ricky Ponting as captain of the Australia one-day team in the absence of the injured Michael Clarke, reflecting widespread confusion about the role of the vice-captain. Ponting will lead in Friday’s tri-series game against Sri Lanka after his successor Clarke suffered a hamstring strain.

Opener David Warner is the vice-captain but chief selector John Inverarity said they did not want to put pressure on the 25-year-old. There was no mention at all of Test vice-captain Brad Haddin, who has been ‘rested’. “Ricky will do it blindfolded but the future is probably Dave Warner, so I'm surprised,” said former skipper Waugh.

Another Test vice-captain, all-rounder Shane Watson, who is out injured, weighed into the row, saying Haddin deserved an explanation. “I actually feel really sorry for Brad at the moment ...someone who's played an important role over the last five years definitely deserves to be told either way what his future holds.”

Fast bowler Ryan Harris, rested by CA, which claimed he was “showing fatigue” and “carrying some minor niggles”, has dismissed it.