Warne criticizes Ponting’s captaincy in his book
In Shane Warne’s book named “No Spin”, he has criticized Ricky Ponting’s captaincy during the 2005 Ashes. Ponting elected to bowl first in the Edgbaston Test and Warne believes it was the worst decision made by a captain he played under.
The former Aussie leg spinner thought Ponting should have elected to bat first in a patch which was drier than expected.
“Ricky’s decision was a shocker, presumably thinking that one good morning with the ball would finish England off,” Warne wrote. “He didn’t rate the English batting and it cost him, and us.”
Warne also believes with one wrong decision, the entire series was defined right there.
“It was a belter, an absolute road, which was to spin later in the game. He ignored McGrath’s injury because arrogance refused to let him believe England could play. The entire series was defined right there, at Edgbaston, when Ricky was blind to the cricketing facts in front of him. England were thrown a huge bone and fed from it for the rest of the series.”
It was more of an arrogant decision than a tactical decision, claims Warne.
“I rate it as the worst decision made by a captain I played under, just topping the charts ahead of Steve Waugh when he made India follow-on [at Kolkata in 2001], because it was based on arrogance about the opposition and our own supposed invincibility, not the cricketing facts.”
Warne’s No Spin, which is published on 1st October is the last word on his extraordinary cricketing career and his life off the pitch.