Ponting on Australia’s Attack
I have always said [Peter] Siddle would be the first pick in my team every week. He has a good set of skills, the right attitude, always up for the contest and gives his 100 per cent all the time. [James] Pattinson is the same, a little bit quicker and swings the ball a little more than Siddle does. And [Mitchell] Starc is a good athlete and has all the attributes of a very good left arm fast bowler.
Ponting on Chris Rogers.
I was a bit surprised when they chose Rogers. But look at his record, the guy probably deserved to play more Test cricket than he has.
Ponting on Australia’s Pakistan-born leg spinner, Fawad Ahmed
His citizenship was a government decision. It hasn’t got anything to do with cricket. I have known him for a little time. Played cricket with him last year in the Prime Minister’s game. I found him quite well. He is a talented guy as well. Not within the realms of impossibility for him to play Test cricket for Australia.
Ponting on Ian Botham’s prediction of a 5-0 series whitewash for England
Yeah, that is pay back to the position they have always been in with Shane Warne and Glen McGrath saying Australia would win 5-0.
Ponting on wickets this season
At Surrey we have struggled to get results. Wickets have been pretty dead and flat. They seem deader than previous seasons and a lot drier. Balls are definitely different this season than anytime I have played here before. They are swinging a little bit but they are getting old faster and really soft really quickly. That is making it more difficult to score, with the ball not going off the bat quickly and making it harder for the bowlers to get wickets.
Ponting on Jimmy Anderson
Anderson’s career shows that, if you keep yourself in the game and play the game as long as that and keep improving all the time, good things can happen. He has kept himself fit and got better almost every year and is the leading fast bowler in the world.
Ponting on Graeme Swann
Like Anderson he is a late developer. Swann was there and thereabouts as a young player. The last part of his career is when he has been performing exceptionally well. Finger spinners don’t generally take the wickets he has got. Swann bowls differently, a little bit quicker than off spinners generally through the history of the game.
Ponting on Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne
Pretty easy to captain them. They both liked the big stage. The bigger the occasion the better they seem to perform. And they were not shy to tell them what was going to happen. They were very confident in their own skills and in their own abilities.I could give them the ball and be sure what I was going to get more often than not. Both of them could keep their end dry, not leak too many runs. And at the same time chance of picking up wickets. Setting fields was pretty easy. They tried to play differently towards the end of their careers. But no one ever got on top of them. When you had both those guys in your team you knew you are not going to lose too many games.
Ponting on Andrew Flintoff
Great competitor. He had a couple of great series against us. Probably played his best cricket in an Ashes series, his record in Ashes is pretty remarkable. Look at his record away from Ashes cricket it is probably not that good.
Ponting on batting eras
We have had Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Rahul Dravid, Jacques Kallis. It is a generation I guess and eras move on pretty quickly. You have guys coming: Alastair Cook, Michael Clarke and Hashim Amla are going to be the next crop. Some of the things they are doing now are pretty special.
Ponting on the best bowlers of his generation
Early in my career Wasim Akram and Curtly Ambrose were two of the best fast bowlers I faced. As the years have gone by Dale Steyn has been very good and Flintoff, in a couple of Ashes series, was a very, very good fast bowler. Those guys were right up with there with the best of them
Ponting on Test cricket
I am not worried about Test cricket. Crowds come to Tests, whenever Sachin is in Mumbai there are crowds there. It depends on how Test matches are positioned. One day cricket is dying. There is need to balance all three forms of cricket.