'Ponting TV' to be in team's kit

A plasma screen TV that Ricky Ponting used in the nets to watch his own replays to mend his technique would now be a part of Australia's team kit.

updated: May 27, 2008 11:04 IST
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'Ponting TV' -- a big screen plasma television that helped captain Ricky Ponting come out of his form slump -- is all set to become an essential part of the Australian cricket team's kit.

Ponting, who was going through a rough patch since last summer and did not do well in the Indian Premier League, struck form with an aggressive 158 in the first Test against the West Indies in Kingston.

The Australian skipper used the TV set at the nets to review his batting and it helped him immensely in finding his form.

The equipment, which enables Ponting to play a stroke and watch its replay after five seconds, is all set to become an important part of his luggage during tours.

"That might be something that we will look at taking around the world with us," Ponting said.

"If we can get everything right and take a big screen with us, where the guys can just have a glance over into the next net and see how everything is going, I think it is very beneficial," the Aussie skipper was quoted as saying in the Herald Sun.

After hitting his 35th Test century, Ponting said he was satisfied with his performance after a forgettable stint in the IPL.

"It's nice to know you've got six hours to go out and build an innings. In the IPL sometimes you've got six balls or six minutes.

"It is really satisfying to be out there and really feel in control again," he said.