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08-19-2009, 09:24 PM #1
CRICKET= Pointing blasts Trott choice
Ponting blasts Trott choice
Aussie skipper happy to pose selection dilemmas ahead of finale
Ahead of the deciding Ashes Test, Australia captain Ricky Ponting has said that England's decision to select Jonathan Trott for The Oval showdown smacks of "desperation".
The Warwickshire batsman has been handed a debut in the most pressured of circumstances after the out-of-form Ravi Bopara was dropped in the wake of England's innings defeat at Headingley.
The likes of Robert Key, Mark Ramprakashand Marcus Trescothick were all considered to bolster England's misfiring batting order before selectors plumped for South African-born Trott.
And, with momentum firmly with the tourists after they won the fourth Test inside three days, Ponting is content to be posing England more headaches, adding that Australia had done their homework on the debutant.
"It probably shows a bit of desperation I guess, on their behalf, to be doing that," he reflected. "When we arrived, which is only a couple of months ago, everyone was talking about how good Bopara was and how much of an impact he was going to have on the series.
"That hasn't happened but we understand that Trott is a good player and we've had an opportunity the last couple of days to have a good look at him and the way he plays.
"We've spoken to a couple of the guys around the county scene that have played a bit against him as well, so there will be no excuses as far as our preparation goes against him."
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08-20-2009, 12:50 AM #2
08-20-2009, 11:12 AM #3