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Updated: October 30, 2009 14:44 IST

Ponting fumes over training facilities in Kotla

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The Hindu Ricky Ponting

Australia captain Ricky Ponting was an angry man after a watered practice pitch at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium here hampered the visitors’ preparation for Saturday’s crucial third One-dayer against India.

Australia, who arrived in the Capital on Thursday evening, were scheduled to practice from 10 a.m. till 1.30 p.m on Friday, but when they arrived at the stadium they were shocked to see a watered practice pitch.

Ponting said the wicket was completely soggy and was not in a condition to be used.

“I was disappointed when I had a look at the practice wicket, which has been watered this morning,” he said.

“Everyone in the world except the groundsmen knew we were coming for training and when we came it was completely unusable. By the time India will arrive wicket will be fine and it’s a disadvantage for us,” Ponting added.

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