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Ricky Pointing Apologizes after Outburst

Ricky Pointing Apologizes after Outburst - Ricky ponting has insisted the video umpire was wrong not to award Australia the wicket of Kevin Pietersen in the Boxing Day Test incident that prompted his $5400 fine yesterday.

The Australian captain this morning apologised for his prolonged complaints to on-field umpires Aleem Dar and Tony Hill but justified his challenging of the verdict of video-umpire Marais Erasmus, insisting Pietersen had inside-edged a delivery from Ryan Harris on day two at the MCG.

Ricky Pointing Apologizes after Outburst

"I had a chance to look at it again last night. I still, in my heart and in my mind, believe that he inside-edged that ball," Ponting told ABC Radio. "I think if you look at the replay properly, in the way that it needs to be looked at, I think everyone will understand that Hot-Spot mark wasn't a long way away from where the ball passed the bat ... but that's irrelevant now. The decision was made and I've got to get on with it now.

"I got caught in the heat of the moment yesterday and went on too long with that chat. I know that we've, through this series, kept some footage of different decisions that have been made as far as the use of technology's concerned, that's taken up at a higher level. Maybe that's how I should have handled it yesterday."

Ponting also criticised the policy of showing replays on the big screen before a decision is made, declaring the Hot-Spot heat-camera vision had prompted his anger towards Dar and Hill.

Ricky Pointing Apologizes after Outburst

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