Warne: Ponting still my mate
Shane Warne insists he's still "mates" with Ricky Ponting despite a public slanging match over the series in India.
Last Updated: 14/10/10 3:16pm
Shane Warne says he is still "mates" with Ricky Ponting despite a public slanging match over tactics during the series defeat to India.
The Australia legend said he had made up with Ponting after voicing criticism over this week's seven-wicket loss in Bangalore which led to a 2-0 series loss.
"We're mates, we're going to disagree a few times, it doesn't mean we suddenly hate each other and things like that," Warne told Australia's Nine Network TV.
"Me and Punter (Ponting) swapped a few SMS's last night," he explained.
Warne posted a series of controversial messages on witter during the Bangalore defeat, criticising Ponting's field placements for spinner Nathan Hauritz.
"How the hell can Hauritz bowl to this field??" he tweeted. "Feeling for Hauritz, terrible!! What are these tactics? Sorry Ricky, but what are you doing."
Ponting, who led Australia to a 2-0 series defeat, later responded by telling Warne to check his facts.
"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."
Warne also described the series defeat, which sent Australia down to fifth in the Test rankings, as "not great". But he backed the hosts to regain the Ashes against England.
"Australia are always tough to beat at home. They're a pretty proud team," he said. "We've always been like that over the past 20-odd years that I've been playing. I think we'll give the Poms (England) a run for their money out here."