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Worst. Captain. Ever.

In news that shocked absolutely no-one today, Ricky Ponting once again proved how poor his captaincy skills really are.

In conditions guaranteed to be a bowler’s paradise with plenty of moisture in the air to swing the ball, Ponting wins the toss and elects to BAT.  Imagine my surprise when the Aussies get rolled for 88.

Frankly his time has come as captain…personally I think it should have been up as soon as he made that decision to bowl spinners to improve his over rate instead of go for the win.

I know he’s had a tough act to follow after the likes of Border, Taylor and Waugh but he’s completely out of his depth and it’s only due to his personnel that he’s managed to win at all.  After all he has lost 2 series in England, in both situations throwing away at least one Test with really poor decisions.

I’d say pass the torch on, but the anointed successor is just as bad, if not worse.  To be perfectly honest, not many of the current top order deserve their place in the team…least of all the captains (full and vice).

I can’t see any long term solution to the captaincy in the current team roster, but then again the selection process is crap anyway.  Considering the bulk of the team comes from NSW, one of poorest performing states in the Shield comp over the past few years, it’s no wonder the leadership potential is low.

It’s well past time for Cricket Australia to start selecting on form as opposed to reputation, as well as with an eye to the future…by which I don’t mean pick the first NSW batsman to score over 1000 runs ignoring the other Shield player who put in year after year, or pick the first leg spinner who can turn a  ball a bit (coincidentally also from NSW), or pick some guy who can’t make it into a first class team and drop him into the national T20 squad just because he can slog a ball.

I can’t see it happening though, after all you know what they say…the sky blue NSW caps are made to be reversible…baggy green on the inside.

  1. King Rat
    July 22, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    “Considering the bulk of the team comes from NSW, one of poorest performing states in the Shield comp over the past few years”

    Duh !

    Maybe its because all its best players are in the Australian Team and constantly unavailable.

    Duh !

    • July 22, 2010 at 3:48 PM

      If their “best” players are constantly in the Oz team, leaving only the dregs behind, how do these nuffies get selected over players from other states who have been performing year in year out?
      How do players who couldn’t get a look in when they played for other states suddenly become champions after putting on the floppy blue hat (Hauritz, Watson, Katich)?

  2. lou
    July 22, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    he is without question the worst captain ever.

    that decision was a shocker – unfortunately there are around 5 or 6 simuilarly bamboozling decisions he has made that have cost us important tests and series.

    as a barsman, champion

    as a skipper, he’s bereft of ideas and basic logiv

    warney would have been a great skipper had he not stuffed up so manty times off the pitch.

    katich would be a good captain of this lot. wont happen though. selectors are too ‘boys club’.

    i fear5 we may lose ashes becaiuse of this attitude.

    • July 22, 2010 at 3:51 PM

      Totally with you lou.

      I’m convinced he’s got a captain’s checklist he pulls out and refers to every single game.
      1. Win Toss – check.
      2. Opt to bat – check.
      3. If fielding, bowl x for y overs then change with z.

      If he wasn’t captain he would have been shown the door ages ago.
      I still always chuckle when I remember the tour to India that he pulled out of due to injury, leaving Gilly in charge. We then went on to win the Test series for the first time in yonks without him. That must have really stuck in his craw.

  3. King Rat
    July 22, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    “…leaving Gilly in charge”

    And where was Gilly from. Oh that’s right he was born and grew up in NSW.

    And what exactly has Queensland contributed to the Test team of late. I see very few successes.

    And dont tell me there is favouritism towards NSW players. That’s crap.

    Last time I looked not one selector was from NSW.

    Yesterdays batting failure was because we are hopeless against swing.

    • July 23, 2010 at 8:52 AM

      Rat, there has long been a historical preference towards NSW players.
      Why do you think it took Hayden 3 or 4 seasons of 1000+ Sheffield Shield runs before he was even given a look in? Was it because Slater and Taylor were the current openers? What state were they from again? How shit was Taylor batting at the time?

  4. King Rat
    July 23, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    Oh Yes of course.

    That Taylor bloke was a shocker as a batsman and what a god awful captain as well. Yeh much better to shaft the successful captain in favour of a rookie Qld opener

    • July 23, 2010 at 11:41 AM

      Ah such short memories.
      Do you recall prior to hitting 334 he had a period of roughly 18 months without a decent score? It was compared with Chappell’s run of ducks.

      He was a pretty decent captain, but considering the team he was left with he had it prett easy.

      Face it dude, the Oz cricket team is a mate’s club where you have to practically kill someone to get the arse. Otherwise how is Hussey still there? A century every 3 seasons seems to be all he needs to do…

  5. King Rat
    July 23, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Oh Yeah

    Taylor was hopeless. A Test average of only 43. Plus his other hopeless mates from New South Wales. Cricket wannabes like Steve Waugh, Mark Waugh, MacGill and McGrath.

    NSW just produces such shit players.

    • July 23, 2010 at 2:02 PM

      They do right now.

      Heard of Warner, Haddin, Clarke?

  6. toiletpatron
    July 23, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    I don’t like any of ’em, MS.

    Now that I know that a lot of them are from the East Coast I like most of them even less.

    • July 26, 2010 at 8:39 AM

      You’re not a croweater or sandgroper are you tp?

  7. Miglo
    July 26, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    We definitely need more South Australians in the test side.

    • July 27, 2010 at 8:45 AM

      Klinger’s from SA isn’t he? I’d certainly pick him over any nuffie from NSW.

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