SYDNEY - Ricky Ponting's captaincy again came under scrutiny by the Australian media yesterday as his team faced almost certain defeat in the second Ashes Test against England at Lord's.
Australia will need to set a new world record run chase if they are to win after England reached 311 for six in their second innings on Saturday for a lead of 521 runs with two days remaining.
Ponting's unhappy match continued with Australia's proud record of not having lost at Lord's in 75 years under extreme threat when he fluffed two chances to put England under pressure.
His frustrations bubbled over when he exchanged words with star England batsman Kevin Pietersen and umpire Rudi Koertzen over a contentious catch.
"For someone who has just become Australia's second-most experienced captain, Ponting should have known better," The Sunday Telegraph's Malcolm Conn said. "His annoyed discussion with Koertzen and confrontation with Pietersen was a bad look."
The Sun Herald said Australia faced a monumental struggle to save the second Ashes Test.
ABC radio commentator Jim Maxwell said: "England sense victory, and it is hard to see any other result with two days to play." - AFP