Former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has been taken to hospital after suffering a heart scare during day three of the first Test between Australia and the West Indies in Perth.
Ponting, one of Australia’s greatest ever batsmen, is Channel 7’s star commentator but left the ground around lunch time on day three and missed the afternoon sessions.
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The 47-year-old reportedly told his colleagues he is feeling alright but wanted to take every possible precaution after becoming unwell.
“Ricky Ponting is unwell and will not be providing commentary for the remainder of today’s coverage,” a Channel 7 spokesperson said via The Daily Telegraph.
Newscorp reported Langer took Ponting to see the Australian team doctor before the decision was made to take him to hospital.
Ponting’s heart complaint is not believed to be serious. Channel 7 are yet to confirm if Ponting will commentate on day four in Perth.
Scares such as this will hit close to home. This is the first summer without Shane Warne, who died aged 52 after a heart attack in Thailand in March.
Tributes came from across the world after his untimely death, including from Ponting, who captained Warne throughout his career.
Asked at the time by Isa Guha if there was something Ponting wished he could say to Warne, the former Aussie captain said: “As I’ve said to a lot of the guys I’ve been talking to over the last couple of days, just how much I love him.
“I didn’t say that, but I wish I did.”
Warne’s death came just hours after the passing of fellow Aussie cricket legend Rod Marsh, which the Spin King had acknowledged in his final tweet.
“Sad to hear the news that Rod Marsh has passed. He was a legend of our great game & an inspiration to so many young boys & girls,” Warne wrote.
“Rod cared deeply about cricket & gave so much-especially to Australia & England players. Sending lots & lots of love to Ros & the family. RIP mate.”
Story Credit: news.com.au