Bob Willis says Ricky Ponting's behaviour is totally out of order - but the review system is partly to blame.
Last Updated: 27/12/10 9:59am
The leaks in Australia's ship are starting to look like very big holes indeed.
As if watching the Ashes drift away from them wasn't bad enough, their skipper has now lost his cool on the field - much to the detriment of his side.
Let's get one thing straight; Ricky Ponting's reaction to the failed caught-behind appeal against Kevin Pietersen was totally out of order.
There is never any excuse for waving one's finger at an umpire or arguing with one or both of the officials.
While Ponting carries himself very well in post-match interviews, there is occasionally an ugly side to his character on the pitch which is not acceptable and we saw it at the MCG today.
If Ponting does have any defence, it is because the whole incident highlighted the fatal flaw that exists in our current review system.
The way it is set up means that players are encouraged to challenge the umpire's decision, something which goes against cricket's ethics.
The game has always put itself on a pedestal in terms of the way it is played and the conduct of its players so it seems self-defeating to persist with a review system that encourages players to dispute umpires' decisions.
I would much rather a third and possibly fourth television official took charge of decision-making in all areas even if that meant having two bean-counters on the field of play.
Yes, we want to try and get the right decisions but the ICC must now have a rethink about the best way to achieve that end.
They have also got to come up with the means of providing the right technology at every Test ground. How can you have one series with it and another without, or use different versions of the same technology? It's simply not a level playing field.
Virtual Eye, which is being used in this Ashes series, is a cheaper alternative to Hawk-Eye but it simply isn't as good.
It's turned out to be erroneous on several occasions so the ICC must now find a way to strike agreements with every Test-playing country to provide a universal system for every ground.
Thankfully, we still have some excellent umpires in the game - none more so than Aleem Dar, who has taken over from Simon Taufel as the leading umpire in world cricket.
He has a terrific temperament for the job and is a very placid, caring man to boot and rather than waving Ponting away and disengaging himself from the situation he stood there and took the flak from Australia's captain for far longer than others would have done.
Dar proved his ability again calling a marginal no-ball when Matt Prior nicked behind. He clearly felt the decision was too close for comfort so he rightly asked for the view from the square-on camera.
That decision came at a crucial time for Prior and England, who had just lost a clatter of wickets.
There was a lot of talk before this match that England, beaten so heavily in Perth, would be intimidated by crowds of 85,000 but because England have approached this Test in such a confident fashion, most of the luck in the match has gone their way.
Jonathan Trott continues to accumulate runs and impress at the same time.
He's very much out of the Rahul Dravid school of Test match batting rather than the Adam Gilchrist academy and there's nothing wrong with that - you want a foil for dashing players in your side to give you a combination in your side.
Patience combined with mental and physical fitness is the hallmark of Trott's game.
Australia, who have dashers throughout their order, will find out tomorrow just how difficult it is to save a Test if you don't possess that stubbornness and resilience in spades.