Australia skipper Michael Clarke feels that his predecessor Ricky Ponting was a victim of the very high standards he himself set. Ponting, who retired from ODIs earlier this season, is under scrutiny in every Test he plays despite scoring at an average of 108.80 versus Indian during the summer at home.
But failure to score a half-century in the last 4 innings against the West Indies has yet again put the focus on Ponting. “The thing with Ponting is he’s set his benchmarks so high. He’s been a fantastic cricketer for such a long time. People anticipate him to make 50 or 100 each time he walks out to bat and that is not the game,” Clarke was quoted as telling by the Aussie press. Clarke says despite Ponting nearing his retirement, the ex- Aussie skipper advancing yrs, he remains a very important part of the quest to get Aussie back up to No.1 in the world Test ratings. “I still feel he’s playing excellent cricket. I still see him as a major part of this side and I feel he’s had a lot of impact on this tour as well.
“He got run out in the initial Test in the 1st innings. He got a ball, when we were attempting to push the game forward in the 2nd innings in Barbados that shot along the ground. I don’t need to make justifications for Ponting, I have seen him bat for a long period and hopefully he goes on a makes a big score in the 3rd Test,” Clarke says.