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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Ricky Ponting Spits the Dummy

The Barmy Army is a semi-organised group of cricket fans who follow the English cricket team on overseas tours. They are popular with the Aussie fans because they brighten up the game with chants and songs of support for their team. At the moment, they are here in Australia watching their team run the Aussies into the ground and look certain to retain the sacred Ashes.

The iconic Boxing Day Test at the MCG was a disaster - our worst day of cricket in one hundred years. And it didn't improve the next day because England played brilliantly. So brilliantly that captain Ricky Ponting completely lost it and embarrassed himself by challenging the umpires' decisions with a finger pointing episode that went on for far too long. The argument started when an appeal for caught behind was rejected, first by umpire Aleem Dar and then by the TV umpire.

The ICC could have banned Ponting from the fifth and final Sydney test had they found him guilty of a Level Two breach of their code, but instead docked him 40 per cent of his match fee after finding him guilty of a Level One charge of dissent. So referee Nanjan Madugalle was able to set the penalty without the need for a full hearing.

Ponting said "I accept that the discussion went on for too long and I understand the reasons for the dissent charge handed down by the ICC this evening." He added "I was simply trying to seek clarification from the umpires regarding how the decision had been made after being referred to the third umpire.