Shane Warne called Ricky Ponting's bowl for the first time by winning Edgbaston's release in 2005's legendary Ashes series "the worst decision ever made by a captain I played with", while revealing the team's divisions when England escaped them.
In forceful passages of his book No Spin Warne describes Edgbaston's decision as the pivotal point of what is now considered to be among the best series of evidence in history, and said that it was the Australian arrogance and blind adhesion.
Despite the Birmingham rain in the run-up to the game, the revealed pitch was drier than expected, while Glenn McGrath, so dominant in the opening Test at Lord & # 39; s, was injured in the Warm up the tour team.
"Ricky's decision was a surprise, probably thinking that a good morning with the ball would end with England," wrote Warne. "He did not qualify the English hitting and that cost him and us, here's the truth, forget anything else you've heard or read." Ricky relied on John Buchanan's statistics, which indicated that the first was the first, last hit The tactic in Edgbaston won more games than he lost, he looked back at the dirty weather of the previous few days, not forward, and made an assumption that the tone had a wetness … Wrong!
a belter, an absolute Way, that had to turn later in the game. He ignored McGrath's injury because arrogance refused to make him believe that England could play. The whole series was defined right there in Edgbaston, when Ricky was blind to the cricket events in front of him. England received a big blow and fed on it for the rest of the series.
"I consider it the worst decision made by a captain with whom I played, surpassing the charts in front of Steve Waugh when he made India follow in [at Kolkata in 2001] because it was based on arrogance over the opposition and our supposed invincibility , not in the facts of cricket. "
"He was a belter, an absolute road, which he had to turn later in the game." He ignored McGrath's injury because the arrogance refused to make him believe that England could play. "The whole series was defined right there in Edgbaston." .
Australia would continue to lose narrowly, then escape with a draw at Old Trafford despite being completely outclassed. Warne recalled that coach John Buchanan's attempts to straighten the ship by questioning the players' desire to win led to a close riot in the team.
"On the bus back to the hotel after the game, John Buchanan called a team meeting, I was like," Oh no, what are you going to say now? "Warne wrote. "We met in the team room and he started with an obvious line, something like:" We do not play this game very well again. "Yeah, right, Buck. Then he said," But why? We do not play well? "Maybe you'll tell us, Buck, that's what he did.
" It was in the line of & # 39; I do not think you care enough and, playing as you are, I do not think you're worthy to use the Loose green cap. I could feel the anger bubbling in the room and I could feel it burn inside me, but I waited for the captain, anyone, to say something. They all sat there in silence, with their heads down, no one willing to get involved. I thought: To hell with this, I got up and said, "Buck, never tell me I do not care enough and I'm not worthy to wear the baggy green cap. I broke my balls for a long time, like everyone else in this room, so what if we play and you stay with your thoughts? "
" McGrath said: "I'm with Warney." Magilla said: "I'm with Warney too." Ricky said: "Hey, hey, it's okay, calm down, guys." "I told him: F *** this meeting, I'm not going to take this shit out of him, and I started dating."
Warne, who at that time was dealing with the breakup of their marriage, was clearly outraged by the challenge to his suitability to represent Australia. "There is no one who can say that I am not worthy of the loose green, nobody," he wrote. "John Buchanan would have no idea how much blood and sweat I put on, regardless of the tears, especially on that tour, and it's not just me, it's all the boys, we've all broken our insides and given it all."
"Punter He said: "Hey, let's calm down." But I had gone mentally. "This meeting is over, Punt," I said, and I was out of there. Buck never really understood when to make a point and when not. It was as if I could not judge the moment. He thought he knew us but he did not. And that was shown over and over again with these ridiculous meetings. "
Australia would continue to lose the fourth test at Trent Bridge, during which Warne admitted to having gone into a mid-match fight that severely affected his performance with the bat at Next day The series was lost with a draw at the oval, returning the ashes to England after 16. Australia has not won a series in England since then.