Australia captain Ricky Ponting smashes television set

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Australia captain Ricky Ponting has been accused of damaging a television in the team dressing room after being run out in his yesterday's 91-run win over Zimbabwe.

The Tasmanian was caught short of his crease at the non-striker's end by a direct throw from Chris Mpofu from the boundary as he attempted a second run.

On his way back to the pavilion, Ponting was seen talking angrily to himself. He apparently let anger get the better of him after watching the replay of his dismissal on the television.

According to reports, Ponting immediately apologised for the incident and asked the authorities for a replacement.

Gujarat Cricket Association secretary Rajesh Patel told Press Association Sport: "When Ponting was run out, he was perhaps frustrated. He threw his gloves straight at the TV.

"It was an LCD TV, which was properly damaged. We could not view anything so I had to replace it immediately.

"We have photos of the incident."

He added: "An Australian team captain should not behave in this manner."

However, a Cricket Australia spokesman was "unaware" of any such reports, while the International Cricket Council have not received a complaint.

Ponting is attempting to become the first skipper to achieve the feat of winning three World Cup titles in a row.