PETER ROEBUCK: PONTING MUST BE SACKED

The eminent cricketer turned cricket writer Peter Roebuck in tomorrow’s Melbourne Age:

Ricky Ponting must be sacked as captain of the Australian cricket team.

“If Cricket Australia cares a fig for the tattered reputation of our national team in our national sport, it will not for a moment longer tolerate the sort of arrogant and abrasive conduct seen from the captain and his senior players in the past few days. It was the ugliest performance by an Australian side for 20 years.

“The only surprising part of it is that the Indians have not already packed and gone home.

“Ponting has shown not the slightest interest in the wellbeing of the game, not the slightest sign of diplomatic skill, not a single mark of respect for his accomplished and widely admired opponents. In the past few days, the Australian captain has presided over a performance that dragged the game into the pits. He turned a group of professional cricketers into a pack of wild dogs. As much can be told from the conduct of his closest allies in the team.

“He has not provided the leadership expected from an Australian cricket captain and must be sacked.”

Read the full column: Ponting must be sacked

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WHAT THE POLLS ARE SAYING

Melbourne Age: 77% say Australians are bad sports.

Sydney Morning Herald:  41% say Aussies can dish it out, but can’t take it.

The Australian: 46% say all contentious decisions must be made by third umpires.

New Zealand Herald: 67% say Australians’ win-at-all-costs’ approach irritates them immensely.