Ponting denies rumours of rift with Lee
Australia skipper Ricky Ponting claimed that all was well between him and his pace spearhead Brett Lee. He asserted that the news of a heated exchanged between the two was wrong, reports Ashutosh Sharma.cricket Updated: Oct 22, 2008 01:00 IST
Australia skipper Ricky Ponting Tuesday claimed that all was well between him and his pace spearhead Brett Lee. He asserted that the news of a heated exchanged between the two was wrong.
"All we were trying do was to take some pace off the ball when we didn't bowl Lee, thinking it might work in our favour. The mistake on my part was that I didn't inform Lee that he wouldn't bowl first-up in the morning," said Ponting, explaining the animated discussion that took place on day four of the match between them.
"People are trying to read too much into it, but there's no problem between us," he added. The rumour mill began working overtime after Lee looked a bit agitated when Ponting pressed Hussey into bowling, ignoring Lee. Thereafter, they had an animated discussion, fuelling the rift rumours.
"We were behind in over rate and needed to bowl some quick overs, and Lee understood when I told him this," said Ponting.
Coming to the bigger problem that he faces now - getting the team forget the match and be ready for the next Test - Ponting said they would need to regroup and rethink some strategies for the next Test, both individually and collectively.
"Back to back Test matches are always difficult and I think we will use the little break we have to take our mind off the game and relax," he said after suffering one of their worst defeats. The Aussie skipper conceded that his team was outplayed and outclassed in all departments of the game from the day one. While the bowlers never threatened the Indian batting, the bowlers also never looked like dismissing India, he said.
"We haven't reflected on the defeat yet, but all I can say is that we have been outplayed from day one. They took the momentum away from us.”