Proteas using ex-coach Arthur's game plan to keep Ponting in check
Australian coach Mickey Arthur's old South African game plan, which he prepared when he was the Proteas coach, to expose Ricky Ponting has come back to haunt the former Australian skipper, as his disastrous form against the world number Test team continued with another duck in the first innings of the Gabba Test.
When he coached the Proteas, Arthur used extensive, private video-analysis to advance the theory that Ponting could be dismissed within his first 20 balls with a specific and precise fast bowling plan, News.com.au reports.
Arthur identified Ponting's tendency to reach for deliveries 25cm wide of off stump because he believed he suffered from early nerves and needed to feel bat on ball, the paper added.
Arthur's Ponting plan worked for South Africa on several occasions and, even with Arthur now in the Australians camp, the Proteas are still using their former coach's blueprint for Ponting, it said.
The paper further said that towering and sometimes wayward quick Morne Morkel was probably the least likely South African quick to execute the Ponting plan but he did with remarkable success and ease on day three at the Gabba.
On Ponting's fifth ball at the crease, Morkel produced a perfect line and length delivery outside Ponting's offstump and the 37-year-old prodded and was caught at second slip, it added.
It was the most simple of dismissals and continued Ponting's bleak run against South Africa with three ducks in his last four Test innings against the Test top dogs, it said.