Former legendary cricketer Ricky Ponting fell ill on the third day of the Australia-West Indies Test match in Perth. After this, he has been admitted to a hospital in Perth. Ponting is included in the commentator’s panel for this match. However, he was not commentating when he fell ill. Doctors treating Ponting said that there is nothing to worry about. The matter is not serious.
The incident during lunchtime
Ponting started feeling uneasy around lunchtime of the third day’s play. Then he told the crew members of Channel 7 about it. He was then taken to the Royal Perth Hospital in a private vehicle. Ponting is said to be under the supervision of doctors even at this time.
Ponting said – feeling fine
On his way to the hospital, Ponting told fellow commentators that he was feeling fine and wanted to go to the hospital for a checkup as a precaution. It is not yet clear whether he will return for commentary on Saturday. Ricky Ponting has won Australia 2 ODI World Cups under his captaincy.
Shane Warne died last year
Australia had lost former veteran leg-spinner, Shane Warne, last year. Warne died in Thailand due to a heart attack. Both Warne and Ponting have played for Australia together. Former Australian wicket-keeper batsman Rodney Marsh also passed away in March last year.
Australia lead by 344 runs
During the Test match, Ponting was taken to the hospital. Australia has got a lead of 344 runs in that test. Australia declared the first innings on the score of 598 runs for 4 wickets. In response, the West Indies team was all out for 283 runs. By the end of the third day’s play, Australia has scored 29 runs at the loss of one wicket. The fourth day’s play will start at 7.30 am Indian time.