Ponting still best man to lead fightback
PLEASE stay on as Australian cricket captain, Ricky Ponting. Ponting has been vilified for his poor batting and captaincy over the past 12 months but the real question right now is: who would replace him? Certainly not Michael Clarke, who is so hopelessly out of form that he may not even be picked in the side after his disastrous World Cup. Shane Watson is one of the best players in the world but to burden him with the captaincy would be unwise and a risky gamble. Ponting is a feisty character, who shows his emotions both on and off the field. But he is the best batsman Australia has produced in the past 20 years and his captaincy record is the envy of every nation. At least you know what you get with Ponting. Noone could question his passion and commitment and in Thursday night’s quarter final against India he showed his true mettle with a flawless century, albeit it wasn’t enough against a red-hot Indian team. Captaining the Australian cricket team is said to be the country’s second most difficult job behind the Prime Ministership. Australia has a long and proud tradition as one of the world’s best cricketing nations and being top dogs makes us a juicy target for every opposing team. While we lost the Ashes series and only reached the quarter final of the World Cup, all is not lost. Fundamentally, the Australian team still remains one of the best in the world. We were the best for many years, near unbeatable, and sport at the highest level is always cyclical. We’ll be back and certainly, in the short term, Ponting is the man to lead that fightback.
Soldiers deserve fair go
FORMER defence chief General Peter Cosgrove makes a lot of sense when he says the controversy over offensive Facebook posts by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan needs to be kept in proportion. He said the soldiers responsible and the defence force should not only be judged by the comments, but also by what they did every day in their work. General Cosgrove said the soldiers involved in the slurs should be counselled and reminded that the defence force did not condone intolerance. It is important that the defence force doesn’t overreact to this mishap. Obviously the soldiers need to be warned against similar behaviour but let’s put this into perspective. These are soldiers putting themselves in life and death situations. To suggest they could be jailed for such behaviour is nonsense. Their poor judgment once again highlights the dangers of social media sites. If you are going to post something into the internet blogosphere, be aware that it can come back to bite you.
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