Australian captain Ricky Ponting diplomatically sidestepped the issue of his comments from last year when he said that Bangladesh was not good enough and should not be playing Test Cricket. His comments obviously stirred a hornet’s nest in Bangladesh.

Ponting has been forced to admit he was wrong in questioning Bangladesh’s Test status, saying the country “probably” deserved to play Test cricket “for the time being” in order to ensure the growth of the game in the subcontinental nation.

Ponting’s comments came after Bangladesh coach and former Australian Test batsman Dav Whatmore said his side could one day become the top cricketing nation on the subcontinent.

Under intense grilling from a 100-strong local media contingent, Ponting said he had made a mistake in saying in February that Bangladesh would not be playing Tests “in an ideal world”.

However he is focussed on ensuring that complacency does not creep into Australia’s game ahead of the first cricket Test match.

Ponting seeks Bangladesh victory
Australia skipper Ricky Ponting rules out any complacency ahead of their first Test series in Bangladesh.



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