Steve Waugh backed his successor Ricky Ponting’s proposal
Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh has thrown his weight on Ricky Ponting’s proposal to do away with the toss in Test cricket.
Ricky Ponting, the former Australian who took the baton of captaincy from Steve Waugh, advocated the radical change in Test cricket to neutralize the home advantage that a home team could gain from preparing a favourable pitch.
“I don’t mind that, I think that’s not such a bad thing. At the end of the day I think there’s probably too much emphasis placed on the toss and the conditions away from home. I don’t mind the authorities looking at some other options,” Waugh told Melbourne radio station SEN.
West Indies fast bowling great Holding has twice supported Ponting’s idea in his columns in Wisden India. Holding feels if the toss system vanishes from Test cricket then the home advantage will be a less important factor in the final result of a Test cricket. As per Ponting’s proposal, the toss free Test will give the visiting team to right chose what they want-batting first or bowling first.
However, Waugh did not blame Australia’s Ashes loss to England, he rather blames Australia’s failure to adapt to English conditions.
“They played poorly. Their batting technique was astray from players of that calibre. He said modern cricketers should learn to perform in any conditions. There may have been a couple of selections that didn’t go their way, but I was there at the Lord’s Test and they played exceptionally well. It looked like they were going to win the last couple of Tests. I’m not sure where the wheels came off.” Waugh signed off.