|Player:||JR Thomson, RT Ponting|
|Event:||Australia in British Isles 2009|
DateLine: 1st July 2009
Pace legend Jeff Thomson came out bashing Ricky Ponting's captaincy saying he is "crap" as captain and never deserved to get the job. The pace legend also said that Punter has not improved a bit in the last five years at the helm.
"I'm not the only one who thinks Ponting is crap as captain"
"I thought Ricky was crap when he was first captain in 2004 and nothing much has improved since then," said the 58-year-old, 100 of whose 200 Test wickets have come against Ashes rivals England.
"I'm not the only one who thinks that. I've always bagged him and everyone at home thinks he's s**** at the captaincy.
"He's a great player but captaincy is a totally different thing," he said at a charity dinner.
Thomson said he couldn't believe when Ponting was picked as captain in 2004.
"I couldn't believe it when he'd been picked as captain. There was no-one else to pick but Ponting still had no experience.
"He'd only captained one side ever before. How did he get to lead Australia with that sort of experience? He was in a side that had very good players and now he's got a side that has average players. He's still left wanting," Thomson said. Thomson also complained about Ponting's on-field mannerisms saying those are not that of a leader and he is the first one to panic when the team is in trouble.
"The things Ponting does are never right"
"You see it on him - he gets frustrated. He worries when the players don't do what he's used to with the ball when he passes it to them," he said.
"The choices he makes, his field settings and the things he does are never right."
After Ponting, the former pacer turned his anger on spinner Nathan Hauritz. He went to the extent of saying that even part-timers like Simon Katich and Michael Clarke stand a better chance of grabbing a wicket.
"... he (Ponting) has got a bloke in there who can't even spin a ball (Nathan Hauritz). Simon Katich and Michael Clarke have more chance of taking a wicket than Hauritz. Why go for a guy like that? I don't rate Hauritz," said Thomson.