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Distance between ropes and fence needs to be increased: Ponting

Sydney, Nov 26 (UNI) Australia captain Ricky Ponting has expressed serious concerns over small distance between the boundary ropes and the fence in the grounds all over the world and believes it is such a condition is unsafe for fielders.

''I know there is a minimum safety standard and the rope has to be a certain way away from the fence,'' Ponting said.

''But somewhere like Adelaide.. The straight boundary there is roped in 30m and I don't think anyone is going to slide that far into the fence. At the MCG sometimes the square boundaries are roped in 30m or 40m as well and I don't think that needs to happen,'' Ponting added.

Ponting scored an unbeaten 111 in the small North Sydney Oval ground to guide his team, Tasmania to a comfortable win against New South Wales, but was unhappy with the short boundaries of the ground.

''If you look at a ground like here it's obviously a very, very flat wicket anyway and the ground is very small, so everything is in the batsman's favour. It wouldn't be much fun being a bowler out here.

''I've been a bit worried the last couple of years how much we have roped off a lot of our grounds in Australia. It takes away the character of the grounds,'' the two time World Cup winning Aussie skipper said.


Story first published: Monday, November 26, 2007, 18:21 [IST]
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