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Breaking News No More Neutral Umpires, Says Ricky Ponting After "Wrong Decisions" In 1st Ashes Test
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Ricky Ponting, who led Australia to the 2006-07 Ashes triumph from the front, took a potshot at the umpiring standards during the opening Ashes 2019 Test in Birmingham. Australia rode on a 144-run knock by Steve Smith to score 284 following a series of incorrect umpiring decisions on Day 1. Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting believed the game has come far enough to get rid of "neutral umpires". "I would like to think the game has come far enough now for the game to not have neutral umpires," Ricky Ponting told cricket.com.au.

"People might say that with all the technology we've got now, it doesn't matter that much. But it's not a good spectacle when pretty obviously wrong decisions are made. There's been a lot a negativity about the DRS over the years, but we're pretty lucky that we had it last night," he added.

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