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I don't think that Ponting was a great tactician either - the moment that really stuck out for me was in last year's Word Cup against Pakistan. We didn't have many runs to play with, Brett Lee was having a blinder and had overs up his sleeve, and Ponting threw the ball to someone else. Anyone could have seen that Lee should have been bowling.

I do like the use of the word "tactician" in the article instead of captain, though. It's a word that Ian Chappell should learn to use. He STILL gives Steve Waugh a hard time about the 2001 Eden Gardens Test, and refers to him as a "bad captain that ran out of ideas". Chappell himself should be aware of the fact that captaincy is a whole lot more than just the tactics of field placings and bowling changes, and at the end of the day no-one but Steve Waugh's and/or Ponting's sides will ever really know what they were like as captains.

Tony Tea

Ponting was a managerial captain. He would go into Tests heavily armed with plans for every batsman, but when the plans failed to work out he lacked the tactical instincts to pull a wicket out of a hat with a bowling change or an gut-feeling field change.

Tony Tea

Mind you, skippers are often defined by their bowlers. For the first three years Ponting had Warne & McGrath to win matches, for the next four years he had an astonishing smorgasbord of injuries, bland quicks, Mitchell Johnson and next to no spinners - not that he appeared to have any great idea how to use his spinners.

The Don has Risen

It is still the test I love to watch more than any other.

It was Flntoff's test and why was this the only series where he regualy bowled orthodox swing and reverse swing in tandem. Neither Katich nor Gilchrist could never pick it.


Aw jeez - when I actually take time to click on the link, the HEADLINE refers to him as a "poor captain". Tactician must have been your word, Tone. Either way, it's a much better word to use.

The Don has Risen

it used to be tactile!!

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