Ponting is still a fantastic batsman, says Farhat

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Melbourne, Dec. 22 (ANI): Pakistani batsman Imran Farhat thinks that Ricky Ponting is still a fantastic batsman and rejected suggestions that the Aussie captain is becoming vulnerable to the short ball.

"I don't think he is getting weak on this point. I think he is a fantastic batsman and he has a lot of achievements. So don't I agree he is becoming a weak player, because he has injured elbow, so maybe that was bothering him. Otherwise he is fantastic player," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Farhat, as saying.

Ponting, who suffered tendon damage last week, will undergo a fitness Test on Wednesday to determine whether he'll be fit to play in the Boxing Day Test against Pakistan.

If Ponting doesn't play, Phillip Hughes will replace him, and Farhat reckons it would be good for Pakistan.

"Obviously he (Hughes) is an experienced player and if some new player comes in to replace Ricky Ponting it will be pressure for that person. It will be good for us in many ways, but I hope he (Ponting) will get better because he is dangerous," Farhat said.

While on-field behaviour issues won't go away for Australia, the Pakistan players are under orders to behave, Farhat said before departing for Melbourne.

"We've been told by management that we have to behave and just come and play cricket and entertain the people and after that they remember us in a good way," he said.

However, he admitted that sometimes it gets difficult to keep one's emotions in check.

"When you get excited like that you don't know what you are doing sometimes. It's hard to control yourself. But we try to be good ambassadors here and not do these sort of things," he said. (ANI)

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