Former Australian Cricket Captain, Ricky Ponting, has revealed his desire to one day coach Australian cricketers and opens up about the challenge of remaining mentally strong in competitive cricket in an exclusive interview for The Bottom Line to be aired on Saturday 15 February on Channel Nine.
Speaking with host and CPA Australia Chief Executive, Alex Malley, Ponting says he has not spoken with Michael Clarke or Mark Taylor since publishing a revealing book on his career, despite Australia’s recent Ashes triumph, and revisits some of the controversies that plagued his leadership and Australian cricket during his captaincy.
“You’ve got to stand up for your teammates and when you’re on the cricket field there’s only one way you can do it and that’s verbally and unfortunately every time you open your mouth there’s a camera or a microphone right on you.”
In this candid and revealing discussion, Ponting tells Malley that more men need to share their experiences of adversity for the benefit of others.
“Men in general in society have never been good about talking about, not only in sport but I’m sure business you’ve seen it as well, where they just keep things building up inside and it gets to the point where bad things happen.
“I didn’t want to share a lot of stuff but I knew I had to. If I was going to be the captain of Australia and be out there scoring runs I had to talk to someone about it because it was just getting so difficult to face up to it all on a daily basis.”
Ponting was Australia’s one-day captain from 2002 and Test captain from 2004 – 2011, when handed the job to Michael Clarke. He is the highest Australian run-scorer of all time in Tests and one-day international cricket, second only to India’s Sachin Tendulkar, among batsmen from all countries. He tells Malley of his frustration at the lack of opportunities for high performing players to get involved with coaching once their playing careers come to an end.
“What cricket has never done well is held onto the professors of our sport if you like, the absolute best… there’s never been enough money in coaching to attract these guys back.”
Predicting a tough upcoming series in South Africa, Ponting also hits out at Country Cricket in England for failing to equip players for life outside the sport and shares his thoughts on the missed opportunities that beset the team with the sacking of Mickey Arthur and Darren Lehmann’s appointment.
“I just felt Mickey Arthur’s appointment just wasn’t the right appointment. It wasn’t the appointment Australian cricket needed at that time and that’s nothing against Mickey.”
Ricky Ponting’s exclusive interview on The Bottom Line is the first in an all-new 24-episode season and screens at 4pm on Saturday 15 February on Channel Nine.
For more information, visit The Bottom Line website: www.thebottomlinetv.com.au
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Ricky Ponting on The Bottom Line is Episode 1 in a 24 episode series.
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