Smith on attack against Warne
MELBOURNE ? South African captain Graeme Smith has accused Shane Warne of trying to "take over'' from Australian skipper Ricky Ponting when things get tough and says Warne openly doubts some of Ponting's tactics. Smith launched a stinging attack yesterday on Warne, saying it was a huge disappointment for the former Australian vice-captain that he never made the next step to be Test skipper. "I think more than anything else, he's probably disappointed with the fact that he has never captained Australia,'' Smith said yesterday on the eve of the second Test at the MCG.
"We've certainly noticed the pressure he puts Ricky under out in the field. Especially when things get tough, he takes over and he puts them under a lot of pressure.
"There's a lot of pressure with different field placings.
"He puts Ricky under a lot of pressure with decision-making. He's doubted his decisions a few times.
"Because Shane is offering so much advice, it's hard to kind of sift through what is good and what is not good at times.
"We noticed it during the Ashes series also and it's certainly something we picked up in the first Test match.'' Ponting was forced to defend his captaincy after losing the Ashes series 2-1. He often consulted Warne on the field regarding tactical decisions, leading to criticism that Ponting needed to be more assertive.
"Warnie is certainly a very vocal guy in their team. He's a big name, a big cricketer and a big performer for them,'' Smith said.
"He is a big, innovative guy. He's got a lot of things going through his brain.
"But he can put his captain under a lot of pressure.