Ponting still best man to lead fight­back

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North -

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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