Why is Ponting so ‘shocked’?

Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting said that he was ‘shocked’ and ‘saddened’ by leg-spinner Shane Warne’s decision to retire, but one wonders if it is more of a worry than a shock. Maybe the only way to convince Warne to be in action longer was if he was given a fresh challenge, and a place in the World Cup squad should have been considered by the skipper and the selectors as an apt opportunity for Warne to retire if not the current Ashes series.

Skipper Ponting will be hoping that the bowling replacements can cope up with the standards set by Warne and McGrath. Other teams will be hoping that the retirements will finally conclude the great run of this Aussie side.

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