Ricky Ponting rages at match officials

Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting's aggravation exploded into an ugly argument with umpire Aleem Dar at the MCG today.With another Ashes series apparently slipping from Australia’s grasp Ponting and paceman Peter Siddle spoken their anger at length with Dar's clarification of a turned down review of an appeal against Kevin Pietersen for caught behind.While Video footage of the incident proved inconclusive it is unlikely to end there with the incident nearly certain to be scrutinised by the match referee RS Madugalle.

Ponting decided to refer the decision to the third umpire in the 84th over of England's first innings when convinced Pietersen had feathered a delivery from Ryan Harris to Brad Haddin, with the wicket-keeper leading the appeal.Siddle, who claimed the first three wickets of the day, joined his skipper in a prolonged discussion that has encouraged much comment on the second day of the Test.

Ponting continued to vent his anger when he confronted Dar's on field partner Tony Hill at the end of the over.The equally fired-up Siddle soon claimed some revenge when reintroduced into the attack soon after by claiming Pietersen LBW for 51.With England edging towards retaining the Ashes, at least one visiting batsman is finding life as complicated on Australian pitches as most of the locals.Paul Collingwood's miserable summer continued when he lifted a short-ball from Mitchell Johnson straight down the throat of Siddle at fine leg for eight.


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