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Ponting fires up

RICKY Ponting has leapt to the defence of his successors as both national captain and No.3 batsman.
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Ricky Ponting

The Mowbray batsman came out firing yesterday, labelling criticism of Michael Clarke’s Australian captaincy ‘‘ridiculous’’ and pushing for fellow NTCA product Alex Doolan to be given another chance at first drop.

As Australia’s three World Cup-winning captains gathered to mark 100 days before the start of the 2015 tournament, the country’s all-time leading run-scorer called on national selectors to reinstate Doolan for the upcoming four-match series against India.

“I would have stuck with Doolan, I was pretty vocal about that going into the second Test match in Abu Dhabi,” Ponting said in Sydney.

“I think he deserved another opportunity. I know him well, I know his game, I know his technique and if he was given an extended run at it he would nail it down.’’

The retired Tasmanian, who remains Australia’s longest-serving and most prolific No.3 Test batsman, said dropping Doolan midway through the losing series against Pakistan left national selectors Rod Marsh, Trevor Hohns, Mark Waugh and Darren Lehmann facing some tough questions.

“Are they going to go back to Doolan again, or, if [Shane] Watson’s fit, is he going to come back in there? “There’s a few things that they need to consider now.”

Ponting scored almost twice as many Test runs as Australia’s next-most successful first-drop batsman (Sir Donald Bradman), but since he vacated the role in 2011, having averaged 56.27 in 196 innings, 11 different players have averaged around 30.

Doolan, and his Second Test replacement Glenn Maxwell, face competition from returning all-rounder Watson and Shaun Marsh, who made a century at No.3 in his debut Test in Sri Lanka in 2011.

Ponting also echoed fellow former captains Steve Waugh and Allan Border in expressing surprise that Clarke was having his captain’s credentials questioned.

‘‘I think that was quite ridiculous, to tell you the truth.

‘‘The team’s done some amazing things in the last couple of years and got themselves back up to No.1 in two forms of the game at least, had some amazing series whitewashes and things.

‘‘We know that out of the last couple of weeks the guys didn’t handle the conditions that well over there but it’s two Test matches, a bit of a blip on what’s otherwise been a pretty good copybook for the last couple of years.

‘‘Hopefully they can learn from their mistakes over the last couple of weeks, move on and be a better team in Asia for coming tournaments.’’

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