punter gets beefed upWE all know Ricky Ponting’s a shit captain, but who else have the Australians got who’s better? Nobody, that’s who.

That seems to be the (supposedly) sympathetic argument of England legend Ian Botham who gave under-flak Ponting (right) a big thumbs up this week.

“I’m amazed at the stick Ricky Ponting’s getting because ‘Punter’ is one of the all-time greats and his record stands out,” said Botham, carefully avoiding any reference to how good ‘Punter’ is as a captain.

“He’s been a magnificent player for many years … it stands up against any Australian’s record in modern times. He’s up there with [Allan] Border, which is a big rap.”

Quite right Ian. As England fans, we can’t think of anyone we’d rather have as Ashes two-time losers Ponting as captain.