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'Umpires made right decision on light'

Ponting may have been unhappy with the umpires' decision to call off play but coach Buchanan agreed with the decision in the given circumstances.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON NOV 03, 2004 07:22 PM IST

Australian skipper Ricky Ponting may have been unhappy with the umpires' decision to call off play due to bad light with almost one hour of play remaining for the day but coach John Buchanan said it was the right decision in the given circumstances.

"The light was pretty uneven throughout the day and it became worse instead of improving when the floodlights were put on. It was difficult for the batsmen to spot the red ball in the background. The umpires made the right decision to call off play," the Aussie coach said after the rain-marred opening day's play in the fourth cricket Test against India.

India were on the mat, being reduced to 22 for the loss of openers Virender Sehwag and debutant Gautam Gambhir when play was called off due to bad light.

Ponting obviously wanted to press on for further rewards for his quicks who exploited the conditions well to trouble the Indian batsmen, especially Sachin Tendulkar.

But Buchanan was happy with whatever gains the team made in the little time possible.

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