Ricky Ponting a sore loser?

2008-12-22 00:00

PERTH — Waca chief executive Graeme Wood has stopped just short of calling Ricky Ponting a sore loser after the Australian skipper complained about the state of the Waca deck.

According to the Australian Associated Press, Ponting described the wicket as “slow” and “placid” and compared it to an Adelaide Oval pitch after South Africa faced few demons in posting 414 for four in their second innings on Sunday to go 1-0 up in the three-Test series.

Wood strongly defended the pitch, saying Ponting wouldn’t have complained had Australia won the Test match.

“I didn’t see any complaints in the Ashes Test on the fifth day when Australia won and regained the Ashes [in Perth two years ago],” Wood said.

“When you are 162 for seven in the second innings I don’t think you can point fingers at the wicket.

“One side got 20 wickets, one side didn’t. The last time I did look at the laws it’s a five-day game.”

WA coach Tom Moody was equally bemused about all the fuss.

“If a Test goes nearly a total of all five days and you get a result you’d have to give 10 out of 10 to the wicket, wouldn’t you?” Moody said.

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