Ponting faces blowtorch on return to Australia

Last Updated: Oct 14, 2010, 17:52 PM IST

New Delhi: After enduring two stinging Test defeats in India, Ricky Ponting will return home on Thursday with questions about Australia’s form and his captaincy ringing in his ears a month before the Ashes start.

The gritty Tasmanian jetted off to India with confident predictions for a big home summer but may feel less bullish after the Australian bowlers were humbled on Wednesday on the way to a thumping seven-wicket loss in Bangalore.

The manner in which Australia capitulated, with maligned spinner Nathan Hauritz being picked off at will amid a generous field placement, prompted groans of despair from Australian commentators.

It also provoked an online roasting from Shane Warne, who questioned Ponting’s tactics.

“How the hell can Hauritz bowl to this field?” Warne posted on Twitter. “Feeling for Hauritz, terrible!! What are these tactics? Sorry Ricky, but what are you doing?”

Ponting, as always, remained defiant in defeat.

“The scoreline was pretty flattering for the India team so we have to look at the positives we’ve created over the last couple of weeks,” he said.

“In saying that, all any of us can do when go back home is play the best cricket we can.”

While Warne predicted an angry Australia would hit back against arch-rivals England on home soil, where they have not lost an Ashes series in 24 years, Ponting’s analysis of the positives could well be a quick exercise.

The manner in which Australia capitulated, with maligned spinner Nathan Hauritz being picked off at will amid a generous field placement, prompted groans of despair from Australian commentators.

It also provoked an online roasting from Shane Warne, who questioned Ponting’s tactics.

“How the hell can Hauritz bowl to this field?” Warne posted on Twitter. “Feeling for Hauritz, terrible!! What are these tactics? Sorry Ricky, but what are you doing?”

Ponting, as always, remained defiant in defeat.

“The scoreline was pretty flattering for the India team so we have to look at the positives we’ve created over the last couple of weeks,” he said.

“In saying that, all any of us can do when go back home is play the best cricket we can.”

While Warne predicted an angry Australia would hit back against arch-rivals England on home soil, where they have not lost an Ashes series in 24 years, Ponting’s analysis of the positives could well be a quick exercise.

Bureau Report