We need to adjust to all pitches, says Ponting

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By (AP) in Darwin
  • Published 5.07.04

Darwin: Ricky Ponting returned to the Australian side Sunday and told his batsmen to stop complaining about suspect pitches and become more adaptable to difficult conditions.

Ponting said the low-scoring first Test — for which a seaming pitch was blamed — could be a reflection of the fact that batsmen had been given an easy time lately. “There’s no doubt we were spoiled last year,” Ponting said. “Last summer (the pitches) were as flat as I’ve seen in Australia. The West Indies last year was exactly the same.

“You don’t want drawn Tests and batsmen dominating the ball as much as they did last summer. Better cricket wickets will make it a better spectacle for the fans and more enjoyable to play,” he added.

While Marrara Oval may have tilted the balance too far in the bowlers’ direction — 40 wickets fell in two and-a-half days — Ponting said some players had lost the art of making what his predecessor Steve Waugh called the “ugly 100” in difficult conditions.