Australian captain Ricky Ponting has rejected the criticism of Shane Warne about Nathan Hauritz, saying all the fields set for the off spinner were of his own choosing.
Hauritz suffered heavy punishment as India chased 207 to win the second Test at Bangalore, returning figures of 1-76 from 12 overs, including 22 from his first two overs before lunch.
He was treated with disdain by the young batsmen Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara, after returning the unflattering figures of 2-153 in the first innings.
Watching the play unfold on television from Australia, Warne pointed the finger of blame at Ponting.
“How the hell can Hauritz bowl to this field??” Warne wrote on Twitter.
“Feeling for Hauritz , terrible !! What are these tactics ? Sorry Ricky but what are you doing.”
However Ponting said Warne’s comments were made without a proper picture of the situation.
“Every field that Nathan has had to bowl with since he’s been here has been at his request – it’s the field he wants to bowl to,” said Ponting.
“Unfortunately it doesn’t appear that Shane would take the time to ask anyone about that.
“He’s got his opinion out in the public at the moment. It’s a personal opinion, I guess, and something we all face as international cricketers.
“Different people say different things at different times. We don’t always agree with them but that’s life, I guess.
“There’s no doubt well all face a bit of criticism having lost two Test matches here.
“It would be nice if they were a bit more informed before they made some of those comments though.”
Ponting said Hauritz, who was a disconsolate figure after a series in which he took just six wickets at a cost of 65 apiece while leaking 4.3 runs per over, would continue to be offered strong support by the Australian camp.
“He’s got a couple of days before the next one-day game, hopefully he plays through that one-day series here and gets a bit of confidence under his belt before we get back to Australia,” said Ponting.
“(Then) he can play a couple of Shield games there and start working things out for himself.
Following the first Test at Mohali, Hauritz admitted he had been trying to change his action during the match, and said it was not a mistake he would be making again.
Ponting responded by saying he had been the instigator of the changes, and was still seeking to impose them.
Former Indian slow bowler Bishen Bedi has criticised Ponting’s use of Hauritz on this tour.