Ricky Ponting is on track to be one of the top 5 greats of the gentle game, so it's a shame he is an arrogant punk.
Ponting either hates his players or is Mr Inflexible - prefering to try an injured Brett Lee over fit players who have better form.
Some might say Ponting has inherited a weak Aussie team after the retirement of key bowlers in recent times and this reflects his performance as a captain. I say compare to Stephen Fleming who had a perenially sub par team yet marshalled them superbly, coaxing some great team performances.
While Ponting leads with class from the middle with the bat, when on the field, he appears to expect performance rather than coerce and coax. Perhaps this is the way of a hard task master but perhaps Ricky Ponting could mother the young pups just a little than leaving them at the SPCA to fight for themselves.
Of course I'm just an arm chair critic, enjoying the summer in a pair of jandals and it could be that Africa were simply a better team today..
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The pictures is of Rangitoto Island from St Heliers Bay, frames by the native NZ Xmas tree, the Pohutikawa.
Despite my grizzle grumps about Auckland, this area is quite nice.
Now, did u remember to get cream for the strawberries?!
now but so was Kanye West once and everyone hates him now.
What song should have been bigger ? Anika Moa's My Old Man. That song
had major potential written all over it. Shame Anika is not Dido or it
would have been a world wide smash.
Best cover of the year goes to Jay Z for Wonderwall at Glastonbury.
Noel was still right though!
Comeback of the year: can't decide between Metallica or R.E.M. So
Oasis get it for I'm Outta Time, a genuine classic easily up there
with the best of early 90s britpop mania.
Best blog about music set lists? Not sure . . .
Axl stated "I've realised that only the die hard fans have bought Chinese Democracy out of respect for my abundant talents as a producer. The release of The Spaghetti Incident? Volume Two is a signal to to the broader fan base that I'm heading back to what made Guns N Roses famous in the first place - namely covers of bands that were popular in the 1980s. With respect to the Eurythmics song 'Sweet Dreams' , I figure if it worked for Marilyn Manson it should work for me. My braids are just as scary as him, if not more."
Other tracks on the album include the little known Gilby Clarke acoustic version of Duran Duran's 'Rio' and an alt rock version of Warrant's Cheery Pie. No Charles Manson songs are to be included this time round with Axl saying his intentions were pure last time but that he was like Pink and simply "Mizzunderstood"
Former Guns and Roses member Izzy Straddlin is said to be unconcerned that he does not appear on any on the songs despite his long term committment to the band. "If Axl wants to play covers again, that's cool with me, I'm just going to tour my solo album in France and then maybe hit the studio with Axl in the fall."
Slash could not be reached for comment after apparently suffering a bizzare trouser snake accident while holdiday in Tahiti.
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