Former Australian Test captain Steve Waugh has lashed out at the team’s board of selectors, criticizing their decision to reward Ricky Ponting with the leadership honors while Michael Clarke rests with an injury.
Waugh, a legend in his playing days, believes the choice of selecting Ponting over the likes of David Warner was a poor one and would have given the vice-captain valuable experience down the road.
The Australian selectors likely made the decision in order to give Warner an opportunity to further learn under a different approach to captaincy, but Waugh thought they would choose Warner in preparation for the future, telling The Australian that the decision “doesn’t make sense.”
"It's only a temporary thing (but) you put Dave Warner in there as vice-captain (so) I assume they think he is leadership material.”
"Ricky will do it blindfolded but the future is probably Dave Warner, so I'm surprised they didn't go to Warner and go to the future," Waugh said.
Regardless of whether you consider keeper Brad Haddin to be “rested” or “dropped”, he was again left out of the side for the next two matches.
Chairman of selectors John Inverarity chose not to bring up Haddin’s position, although Michael Hussey returns after also being rested, but his break was just one match not three- or soon to be five.
Haddin’s replacement, Matthew Wade, was more than impressive on debut but wasn’t so great in his last two outings and was placed as the number seven batsman in their last match.
Ryan Harris has been left out while Brett Lee is back in after injury. Impressive debutant Peter Forrest was retained.
Meanwhile, India and Sri Lanka squared off as the other two teams in the Tri-Series, but the game finished in controversial circumstances. Somehow not a single person recognized that India had faced five, and not six, balls in their final over and the match finish tied at 236.
Needing a four off the “last ball” of the match, captain MS Dhoni smashed a shot through covers that was intercepted just before the boundary as three Sri Lankan fielders pounced on it. The batsman ran three but had no time to complete a fourth.
It left the game in a tied result, the first ever between the two sides. India has decided not to take any action against the mistake, a classy act, but really, could the summer get any worse for the touring side? Smashed in the four game Test series, they have fared only marginally better in the one-day competition and do not look like the better side as the ICC rankings suggest.