England‘s inspirational fast bowler Jimmy Anderson sparked an angry on-field dispute between the rival captains Andrew Strauss and Ricky Ponting after one of his finest displays overseas spearheaded a brilliant start to the second Test for the tourists.
Ponting complained to Strauss at the close of play that as England captain he had failed to manage Anderson’s sledging against Australian batsmen.
The flashpoint came when Strauss seemed not to curb an exchange between Anderson and Brad Haddin, as much as join in to protect a fast bowler whose insecurities have been well chronicled but whose bowling craft, at 28, is blossoming by the day.
Strauss loyally waved aside Ponting’s public protests, suggesting that he had no right to complain just because he had suffered one of the worst days in Australia’s recent Test history. The result is bound to be a stepping up of tensions as England seek their first series win in Australia since the mid-80s.
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