Oz coach reads body language riot act to Ponting

December 24th, 2008 - 12:56 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Dec 24 (ANI): Australian coach Tim Nielsen has spoken to Ricky Ponting about the body language issues that he was blasted for during the Perth Test.

As the Australians were under pressure in Perth, Ponting did not project a confident air as his body slumped and he raised his hands to his head in dismay on several occasions, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Former Test players have blasted Ponting for his demeanour and Nielsen, who was yesterday re-appointed as Australian coach for another three years, said the issue has been addressed.

Nielsen defended his captain under fire, but conceded that poor body language was an issue that could not be ignored.

We have spoken about it. Im sure hes aware of it, we will do our best to keep getting better and better at that in the next little while. I think, under pressure, at times everybody has moments when they would look back and think maybe I could have done that better, Nielsen said.

When you are in the pressure-cooker of a game and things arent going to plan . . . everybody looks at Ricky. They dont look at the guy standing at third man or fine leg or mid-off who may well have been thinking the same stuff and may well have been carrying themselves the same way.

But one thing we are conscious of when we arent going so well as a group, we need to be presenting as well as we can. Thats a difficult thing when you are under pressure and a team is chasing down 414.

Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland insisted that Pontings critics should back off and treat him with more respect, the paper said.

You need to understand that Ricky Ponting is a fiercely competitive person, he doesnt like losing. Thats one of his endearing characteristics. He is an all-time great of the game and at times he probably deserves a bit more respect than hes getting, Sutherland said.

While his hold on the captaincy is not in jeopardy - yet - Ponting does not have a long-term lease on the post. (ANI)

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