Ponting slammed for turning into a human teapot when rookies face the heat

December 22nd, 2008 - 5:23 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Dec 22 (ANI): The body language of Australian skipper Ricky Ponting is substandard when the side needs him most and was evident during teams loss to South Africa at WACA.

Ponting becomes a human teapot when young bowlers such as Peter Siddle or Jason Krejza are under pressure, creating more pressure in a side where insecurity is already spreading in the team. The Daily Telegraph reported.

The paper also said that some key players are over-rated, lacking form or too arrogant for their own good.

South Africans, who were termed as chokers and underachievers on previous tours, have produced a victory to rate with any ever achieved on the Australian soil.

The Telegraph said that with Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne in your attack you can take as many gambles as you like and there will always be someone to wipe up your mess, but not so when you have three of your four bowlers out of form.

Senior players are expected to show leadership, a fact vice captain Michael Clarke will also acknowledge after throwing his wicket away in both innings.

On a track, which South Africa lost one wicket on the last day, Australia, were 7-162 in their second innings two days earlier. (ANI)

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