Ponting asks England to show some sympathy

Australians play down Gillespie's terror fears

Opening batsman Justin Langer felt the England players were out of order in their lack of visible concern after captain Ricky Ponting had been struck in the face while batting on the opening morning at Lord's and has been on record in criticising their apparent lack of courtesy.

"When Ricky got cut under an eye, I spoke to some of the England players during the drinks break and said 'this isn't a war, this is a game'," Langer admitted afterwards.

Ponting yesterday seemed unsure whether to castigate Langer for showing weakness in the face of aggression or to agree with him. In the end, he did both but gave a clear message that he saw England's behaviour at Lord's as outside the spirit of the game.

"I was a bit disappointed to read that Justin had said what he did," Ponting said. "It was the first morning of the game after a build-up lasting 12 months so the cricket was very intense. I didn't expect any sympathy because as far as I am concerned incidents like that are just part of the game.

"But from a personal point of view, I would always ask a player how he was after an incident like that. While we were in New Zealand, Brett Lee hit one of their guys quite badly and I was the first to go up to him and ask if he was okay"

Ponting confirmed that Australia will field an unchanged line-up when play begins at Edgbaston today, Jason Gillespie's improved performance in last weekend's three-day match at Worcester having secured his place ahead of Michael Kasprowicz, despite the latter claiming five second-innings wickets.

Not surprisingly, Glenn McGrath is central to Ponting's tactics towards Michael Vaughan. "I've never seen anyone bat as well against us as he did in Australia," Ponting said, "but he's not been able to reproduce that form against us this summer and it is up to us to make sure he doesn't get the opportunity. I don't think Vaughan is as comfortable facing Glenn as he is some other bowlers and I'd think once he comes out to bat it will not be long before Glenn is bowling."

Kevin Pietersen is another England player the Australians show particular respect, and Ponting remarked: "The first Test has forced us to have a bit more of a think about the way we are going to bowl to him. The plans we had for him at Lord's did not work but all our bowlers are pretty clear about what we are going to do this time."

Ricky Ponting yesterday played down any fears Australia might have over security in the wake of the London bombings, in spite of comments from Jason Gillespie that suggested the tour might be abandoned if there were further explosions.

"We had a few meetings about the issue early in the tour in London," he said. "At the time of the explosions, the transport systems were the biggest issue for a lot of us, particularly because a lot of the players had families and so forth with them.

"But we were being briefed on a daily basis and as far as the team is concerned, it is an area in which we will be guided by the experts."

Suggested Topics
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
Britons buy more than 30 million handsets each year, keeping them for an average of 18 months
tech
Arts and Entertainment
Alloysious Massaquoi, 'G' Hastings and Kayus Bankole of Young Fathers are the surprise winners of this year's Mercury Music Prize
musicThe surprise winners of the Mercury Prize – and a very brief acceptance speech
Arts and Entertainment
TV Presenters Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly. Winners of the 'Entertainment Programme' award for 'Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway'
musicAnt and Dec confirmed as hosts of next year's Brit Awards
Arts and Entertainment
Orson Welles made Citizen Kane at 25, and battled with Hollywood film studios thereafter
film
News
video
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs:

Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
Lyricist Richard Thomas shares his 11-step recipe for creating a hit West End musical

11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
10 best tablets

The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain