Ricky Ponting was gracious in his comments after the defeat by England at Lords. It may have earnt him some credit.
If the last wicket had fallen at Cardiff, things would have been very different for Ponting's reputation. His captaincy would have been acclaimed. He plays to win. He would have succeeded in getting the most out of a side without as much talent as previous Australian sides he has captained.
As it was, he just became a target for his pressurising tactics. When he complained about England's time wasting, it seemed like something he would have done himself.
Congratulations to Andrew Strauss, although I'm not convinced he's the best captain in the world. Surely he should have had more of a plan than waiting for the new ball when Clarke and Haddin took control on Sunday evening (I was there). Let's look forward to the rest of the series.
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