Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has been appointed as the captain of the Australian One Day International side to take on Sri Lanka in the Commonwealth Bank Tri-Series match against Sri Lanka in the absence of regular captain Michael Clarke, who has been ruled out of the match due to injury.
However, this appointment of Ponting as the captain is not being seen as a popular or positive decision by the national selectors of Cricket Australia. Steve Waugh, the former World Cup winning Australian captain said that it made no sense to appoint Ponting as captain of the side again when much younger players such as David Warner and others are in the side, especially after he had stepped down from that role after last year’s Cricket World Cup debacle. Waugh also believes that this decision is, in fact, a backward step for Australian cricket. He further added that there is no need to have a vice captain in the side if anyone can be appointed as the captain in the absence of the regular skipper.
Ricky Ponting is one of the most successful captains, if not the most successful, in the history of Australian Cricket, having won two Cricket World Cups and countless number of Tests, leading the all conquering Australian team for almost ten years. However, a dip in form and poor performances by the team led him to resign from his spot after Australia were knocked out of last year’s World Cup by eventual winners, India.
Speaking about the role of the vice captain in the side, the chief selector said that the selectors felt that he was too young to take up the responsibility of captain and as Ricky Ponting had the experience of leading the side, it made him an automatic choice for the role.