Monday, 8 March 2010

Ponting backs a 60% fine payer

It is not something unusual for an Australian to say some nonsense to the opposition player be it at home or outside. And, this time as well the situation is no exception when the Australian current spearhead Mitchell Johnson was found to have an unhealthy chat with the man of the match Scott Styris in the first one day international at Auckland. However, this has seen no condemnation from the Australian captain Ricky Ponting. For this great deed of Johnson, he was fined 60% of the match fees. But, still, Ponting looks convinced and doesn't even speak a word regarding the issue.

This may have hardly been expected from anyone for, this is not the first time that an Australian player has been involved in a spat with a player from the opposition. Likewise, this has been the trademark of Aussie cricket now a days whatsoever. The deeds of the Australian players have reached such heights that no one cares to have a word about the issue. This is not restricted to only the Australian players on the field but also by the crowd. Perhaps! had this happened in Australia, may be New Zealand would have had to rethink about whether to continue with the tour or not.

One has to pity Scott Styris who had to cope up with a fine of 15% of his match fee for hardly any fault of his. Videos suggest that Scott Styris was just being at the receiving end of Johnson's frustration. From an Australian's point of view, Styris should not have hit the two boundaries off Johnson's last two deliveries prior to the incident and neither should have seen New Zealand through that match. It was because of Scott Styris that Australia's consecutive winning streak in one dayers stood broken. It was solely because of Styris that people's tongue's started doubting about Australia's run in cricket outside.

Whatever, this was not the way Ricky Ponting was found to react when India's Harbhajan Singh was accused of showering unwanted words on Andrew Symonds in the Sydney test a couple of years back. The moment Hayden saw Harbhajan Singh moving his lips, he made no further delay in coming and blowing up the issue. Forget about condemning the incident, instead Ricky Ponting comes out saying it was he was having fun with the crowd when Johnson had to be escorted by the two security guards to the dressing room off the field. C'mon..why should one seek special security for having fun with someone?

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