Culture issue blown out of proportion: Ponting

Culture issue blown out of proportion: Ponting

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Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting said Thursday he was shocked by the ball-tampering scandal that has engulfed the national team but defended a culture he insisted sought to play "hard" and "fair". Ponting, coach of the Delhi Daredevils IPL team, said talk of an over aggressive attitude in the Australian dressing room had been blown out of proportion following bans imposed on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

"This is the first time I have actually answered a single question about what's happened in South Africa over the last couple of weeks," Ponting, Australia's Test captain from 2004-2008, told reporters in New Delhi ahead of the start of the IPL season.

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