Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has been hospitalized in Perth after feeling unwell.
Ponting was at Optus Stadium on Friday, performing his commentary duties for Seven Network during the first Test against West Indies when he was feeling unwell.
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It was reported that Ponting suffered heartbreak, but no confirmed details about his condition were released.
The 47-year-old left the stadium around noon and went to the hospital as a precaution.
“Ricky Ponting is unwell and will not be commenting on the remainder of today’s coverage,” said a spokesman for Seven.
Ponting is a legend of Australian cricket, having scored 168 Tests and 375 ODIs during his glittering career.
Meanwhile, Mitchell Starc broke the West Indies’ middle order as the Tourists were sacked for 283 late on day three of the first Test, leaving Australia ahead by a 315 run lead in the first innings.
After falling just five wickets in the first seven sessions at Perth’s Optus Stadium, it looked like Australia had a long time to force a result.
Captain Pat Cummins claimed his 200th Test wicket when he got the key scalp from Kraig Brathwaite on 64 before also cleaning up the tail to end at 3-34.
But it was Starc’s 3-51 that did the most damage, claiming a scalp and then two with the second new ball in Friday’s middle session to change the game.
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Cummins then requested not to force the follow-on to give its bowlers some rest with four Tests this summer and little rest between them.
That means Australia will likely try to bat in the first few hours on Saturday before giving enough time to evict the tourists again.
But in the first half of Friday’s game it looked like Australia’s way forward would be much more difficult.
With the West Indies 1-159 in response to Australia’s 4(dec)-598 and Brathwaite, it looked like Cummins would change the momentum.
In scenes reminiscent of his famous ball to bowl for Joe Root in Manchester three years ago, Cummins swung the ball in, aiming it just slightly off the seam to lift off Brathwaite’s stump on top.
Then Starc took over.
The left-hander sacked Kyle Mayers three overs later when he pinched a ball back through the left-hander.
Brought back off the tee with the second new ball, he caught Blackwood lbw on 36 when he swung one back into the right-hander’s front pad.
It led to a 6-38 collapse, with Starc also scoring the next when he swung a ball back to love between the stick and pad of a hard-swinging Joshua da Silva.
Nathan Lyon took 2-61 while Cameron Green conceded a late wicket, leaving Shamarh Brooks behind.
Brooks was only brought in as a concussion replacement for Nkrumah Bonner, who was hit in the helmet by a green bouncer in the first session.
Hazlewood also bowled better than his 1-53 numbers suggested after all the Australian Quicks could be blamed for coming up slightly short on day two.
He regularly hit the rim in Friday’s opening session but only caught it once when he caught Tagearine Chanderpaul on the first slip for 51 to end his debut innings.
The right arm also thought he put Jason Holder on six before TV referee Kumar Dharmasena ruled a clay on Snicko was an inside edge.
Holder took advantage and later beat Lyon for six before the offspinner caught him brilliantly from David Warner on the leg slip on the 27th.
https://7news.com.au/sport/cricket/australian-cricket-legend-ricky-ponting-taken-to-hospital-after-health-scare-during-commentary-for-first-test-c-9042002 Ricky Ponting in hospital: The Australian cricket legend has been hospitalized after suffering health problems during the first Test