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Ricky Ponting back at commentary box after overcoming chest anxiety | Cricket news

PERTH: Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting felt “all shiny and new” when he returned to the commentary box in Australia and the West Indies opening test on Saturday after overcoming a heart-related fear.
The two-time World Cup winning captain felt “unwell with sharp pains and dizziness” during the lunch break on day three of the opening test and had to be rushed to hospital.
“I probably scared a lot of people yesterday and had a scary moment for myself,” Ponting admitted on Channel 7’s broadcast ahead of day four on Saturday.
“I was half way through the stint (on day three) in the commentary box and got some really short and sharp pains in my chest. I was trying to stretch it out and get rid of it, and probably didn’t want to give it away too much when I was in the air.”
His former teammate and current commentary partner Justin Langer helped Ponting down the steps to find Australian team doctor Leigh Golding, before being rushed to hospital.
“I had a couple of those incidents, got through the stint and walked to the back of the commentary box and got lightheaded and dizzy and grabbed the bench.
“I mentioned to JL (Langer) on the way out, who was commenting with me, that I’d had this pain in my chest and Chris Jones heard me and just reacted right away and got me out of there. 10 or 15 minutes later, I was in the hospital and received the best possible treatment.”
Ponting said he had a “relaxing” afternoon in hospital and slept well to recover, although the 47-year-old greatness said he was on high alert given the year in Australian cricket, with Shane Warne and Rod Marsh dying to heart attacks. and Ryan Campbell was also put into an induced coma at one point
“I think the bottom line is, the fact that I was willing to share it with JL and the fact that your partner cares for you, I think as people our age, we’re a little hesitant to share a lot or about talk about our health.
“I think that’s a good learning curve for me yesterday, especially with what’s happened over the last 12-18 months to really close people around us.”



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