When asked who he found was the toughest player to skipper in his long tenure as captain of the Australia, Ricky Ponting pointed out Glenn McGrath.
Ponting is part of the commentary team for BT Sports’ coverage of the Australia vs South Africa Test series and was answering fan questions. He admitted that it may seem a bit strange as “everybody will sit back and think that he’s the easiest, that you give him the ball, he comes on and he’d do a job for you.”
“And yes, that’s right, but at some stage you had to try and get the ball off him as well,” he said, “I’d tell him ‘that’s enough mate, have a rest’ and for the next 10 or 15 minutes he’d be walking around with his sleeve over his mouth calling me every name under the sun. He’d stand down at fine leg and he’d be abusing all the crowd just because he wasn’t bowling.”
Ponting took over the captaincy of the Australian team from Steve Waugh and is regarded as one of the greatest captains of all time. He oversaw a golden period in Australian cricket when they were almost undisputed in being the best ODI and Test squad in the world with players like McGrath, Mathew Hayden, Shane Warne and Adam Gilchrist amongst others being part of it. Australia won three consecutive World Cups in 1999, 2003, and 2007. The latter of the two coming under Ponting’s captaincy.
Australia currently host South Africa in a three match Test series. At stumps on Day 3, South Africa have taken a lead of 388 runs largely due to a 250 run stand between JP Duminy and Dean Elgar for the third wicket.