The mini spat between Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting was put to an end today when Warne publically backed the Australian captain, but not before Ponting’s role as captain was called into question.
Warne used Twitter to question Ponting’s field placements for a Nathan Hauritz spell during the first Test loss to India which led to a disagreement between the pair.
And Warne’s comments meant some sections of the Australian media suggested that the Australian side would fare better in the Ashes series under a different captain – Australia are currently 8/11 to win the series.
But Ponting has received the backing of Shane Warne after the two settled their differences, and the legendary spin bowler has backed Ponting to guide Australia through a successful Ashes series.
“At no stage did I say Ricky’s time as captain is up,” said Warne on his website, “he is the right man to lead us.”
The series defeat in India led to the pressure being heaped on Ponting after a run of poor results, Australia have lost three of their last four Test matches, as the Australian nation look ahead to the Ashes series.
Marcus North, Australia’s number six, has also publically supported his captain today and Ponting will be grateful for the backing ahead of the first Test which starts on November 25th.
The first Test is turning into a crucial match for Ponting, with England heading down under in high spirits, a win in the first Test for Australia, they are 10/11 to win, would dampen the English spirits and set them up nicely for the series win.
Brisbane is eagerly anticipating the arrival of the two teams for the opening Test and England are in with a chance of causing an upset – they are 2/1 to win the first Test.
Australia are 20/1 to complete a series whitewash in the Ashes. See the full The Ashes betting odds market here.