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Ponting to face questions from Cricket Australia chief over dissent

Written by Kashif Aziz on April 20th, 2006   (188 views)

Australia captain Ricky Ponting will be asked to explain his behaviour during the second test against Bangladesh, Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland said on Wednesday.

Ponting was fined 25 percent of his match fee on Monday for showing dissent towards one of the umpires.

“I am intending to talk to him,” Sutherland told a news conference.

“When Australian players are reported and are found guilty I’ve certainly got concerns about that.

“I want to get Ricky’s perspective on that to get a better understanding of exactly what happened.

“I do know that Ricky is absolutely committed to the spirit of cricket and generally speaking the Australian team do get it right.”

Sutherland played down concerns about the workload the Australian players have recently had to cope with, a factor blamed widely for their lacklustre showing in the narrow win over Bangladesh in the first test.

“I think it’s about right,” Sutherland said. “I’m concerned to read in the newspapers that people do tend to generalise about player workloads. I’ve always maintained that player workloads is an individual thing, it’s not a team thing.

“Not all Australian cricketers play test cricket and one-day cricket, not all Australian cricketers charge in and bowl 30 overs like Brett Lee does.

The first test against Bangladesh started only a few days after the end of a tough three-match test series in South Africa.

“The reality is in consultation with team management and the ACA, it was decided the appropriate course of action would be to go straight from South Africa to Bangladesh,” Sutherland said.

“The wisdom of that some people have questioned but that was a process that senior players, team management and the ACA were all involved in.

“They wanted to get straight into it, they felt they were in test match mode and they could get home sooner rather than later so people could enjoy a break then.”

Source: Yahoo! News through Reuters

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