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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Kevin Pietersen pulls a swifty on Ponting

Greg Chappell

Kevin Pietersen

Poor Ricky Ponting, it looks as though his embarrassing rant with umpire Aleem Dar was set up by Englishman Kevin Pietersen. It's been revealed that Pietersen tricked the Aussie captain by pretending he had nicked the ball from Ryan Harris when he knew damn well that he hadn't. Very clever, it cost Ponting $5,400. Ian Chappell and others were outraged and said they wanted him suspended.

They are calling Ponting 'Dead Man Walking' in the papers today but will the selectors drop him - Michael Clarke is also in a terrible slump. Ponting has made it known to friends that he would dearly love to go to England again, even if it's just as a player.

Those too young to remember need to know something about one of our selectors - Greg Chappell. Way back in 1981 there was an incident at the MCG that no Australian will ever forget. It was a one day match against New Zealand and they needed to get 6 runs off the last ball to tie. Captain Greg Chappell ordered his brother Trevor to bowl the last bowl underarm, along the ground. It was a very dark day for Australia, I believe he should have been banned from every cricket ground in the world. Soon afterwards, and on several occasions since, Chappell has apologised and expressed his regret.

So how did a man of this calibre get to be one of the Australian cricket selectors? By being in the right clique of course.