The perfect substitute

The stunt
Ponting, who made 48, was called for a tight single by Damien Martyn, and Pratt, fielding for the hospitalised Simon Jones, threw down the stumps from cover with Ponting six inches short of safety. As he waited for the third umpire's decision, Ponting was seen having an animated discussion with Aleem Dar, the square-leg umpire, and he also exchanged words with some of the fielders as he left the field as well as aiming comments towards the England dressing room. (from cricinfo)

The reactions
Geoffrey Boycott - Whatever Ponting was chuntering about when he walked up the steps my answer would be simple. Why don't you run faster or chunter at Damien Martyn for calling you for a daft single?
Michael Slater - It was a huge bubble of pent-up emotion bursting and I'm sure he regretted it immediately.
Duncan Fletcher - "You want to take a run to a cover fielder and get run out, whose fault is that?"
Jonathan Agnew - "He shouted obscenities at the England balcony as he stomped into the pavilion - a sure sign the Aussies are now rattled."
Justin Langer - "Perhaps in this day of professionalism it's just another way of getting the best out of the resources that are available and within the rules,"

The Apology
Ricky Ponting - "I let myself down and I apologise to those who see me as a role model. My frustration was compounded by the fact I was run out by a sub fielder, an issue that has concerned us and one we raised before the series. "

Well, it is well with in the rules, no questions there. Quite similar to the argument that goes for negative bowling. If not anything, having a "perfect substitute" fielder, improves the quality of the game being played. Ponting has more serious problems to ponder over, than to worry about the quality of the substitute that the opposition is fielding.

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