Australian cricket great Ricky Ponting could not contain his anger after he was hit by fruit during a live TV cross at The Oval.
Ponting, who also commentates for Channel 7, was wrapping up Day 1 of the fifth Test for England broadcaster Sky Sports.
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During an interview with Australian spinner Todd Murphy after the first day’s play, Ponting continued to look up in the stands and appeared incredibly agitated.
While Murphy could see the funny side as he walked off, Ponting was unamused and had seemingly barely taken in a word that Murphy had said.
Ricky Ponting scans the seats above as grapes are seen at his feet. Credit: Screenshot
“I actually am (getting pelted),” Ponting told viewers at the end of the segment.
“I’ve just been hit by a grape.
“I wouldn’t mind finding out who that was actually,” he said as he scanned the seats above.
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Ponting is a highly regarded commentator and has habit of making headlines for his eerily accurate predictions.
On this occasion, the man known as ‘Punter’ gave us an insight into what made him a ferocious competitor during his playing days, while his colleague – sensing Ponting’s frustration – suggested that maybe they should “find out” who the culprit was “after we come off air”.
Fans had some fun with Ponting’s reaction on social media, saying the Aussie legend was showing signs of “sour grapes”.
Todd Murphy could see the funny side, but Ponting was far from impressed. Credit: Screenshot
Ponting was recently in the headlines after dismissing an idea by former England captain, Joe Root.
Following the fourth Test at Manchester when rain washed out most of the last two days’ play – and previous issues with slow over rates from both sides – Root had suggested that play should be allowed to continue late into the evening and night to help force a result.
That rain handed Australia an Ashes series victory, and Root was seemingly frustrated that Mother Nature had played a hand.
“It doesn’t get dark until 10pm here in the summer,” Root told the BBC after the drawn fourth Test.
“Why can’t we play until the overs are bowled?”
But Ponting was quick to slap down that idea.
“Joe’s comment is ridiculous,” Ponting said on The ICC Review podcast.
“That had to be some sort of tongue-in-cheek (remark), talking about it not getting dark until late — well, that’s not the playing conditions, that’s not the laws of the game.
“I’m sure there have been times when England have wanted to not get back out there and play themselves. I mean, that’s just a ridiculous thing to say.
“You can’t just change the laws of the game whenever you want to.”
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