Shane Warne doesn't not mince his words about Ricky Ponting - butt of jokes, shit captain, Ashes loser, sad case, try hard:
"I've got nothing mean to say, or a bad word about Ricky Warne said. I know he beats himself up mercilessly about being the only captain ever in Australian history to lose three Ashes series. And I know he regrets and beats himself up about the fact that he – like Nasser Hussain – is the brunt of jokes whenever someone puts the opposition in, after that horrific decision at Edgbaston in 2005. So I don't particularly want to be mean about Ricky because he's a good guy and tried to do the best he could."
It's sad that Shane Warne at 44 has a best mate in Michael Clarke who is 12 years younger at 32. You often hear Warnie referred to as "king of the kids" which is like calling someone a "great character" and which mostly means someone needs to be avoided. Is Warnie a practical joker, too?
Warnie is right about Edgbaston, Ponting's captaincy defining howler. The decision to bowl first (probably crazily based on Tubby's decision to bat first in 1997) contributed to Punter's managerial inflexibility. I wonder what he would have done had he won the toss in the last Melbourne Ashes. He says he would have bowled.
But anyway, what's so special about Clarke's captaincy so far?