We are missing Ponting: Gilchrist

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:09 IST

Australia's stand-in skipper Adam Gilchirst today said his side was missing the services of regular skipper Ricky Ponting.

Chennai:

Australia's stand-in skipper Adam Gilchirst today said his side was missing the services of regular skipper Ricky Ponting who was recovering from a broken finger in Australia. "If India are missing Sachin, Australia too are missing Ponting. He has been going through a series of scans and other tests to assess his fitness and to see whether he would be available for the next Test," Ghilchrist told reporters. The Australian was speaking to the media during a visit to a slum community at suburban Otteri, supported by World Vision, a relief and development organisation working towards "a full life" for girls and boys around the country. Gilchrist has joined the World Vision as its ambassador. More power to umpires Even though the first Test, won by Australia by 217 runs, was marred by a few umpiring decisions, Gilchirst advocated giving more power to on-field umpires. "The technology used presently is not foolproof and adequate. I would like to see the human talent of the game," he said. Asked whether he would bat or bowl first, if he won the toss in the second Test starting here on Thursday, he said it was too early to say. "I am yet to inspect the pitch." Talking about Australia's success, he said it was due to "meticulous planning and the system of training, competition and selection that are in place in our country. We are still looking for sports herbs and spices to channellise talent." On the current series and his role as the captain, he said it was one of the biggest series of the team and for him as the captain personally. (PTI)

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