Ricky Ponting hit by grapes on live TV by rowdy England fans


Ricky Ponting was left fuming after he was pelted with grapes live on Sky Sports, The Sun reports.

The Australia legend, 48, was giving his views on another gripping day of Ashes action at The Oval when he was left visibly peeved.

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England were bowled out for just 283 as Bazball backfired in overcast conditions.

Ben Duckett, Harry Brook and Chris Woakes were the only major run-scorers with the bat for the hosts.

And Ben Stokes’ side were only able to prise one Aussie wicket before the close of play, as Woakes had David Warner caught in the slips.

The tourists finished a day in which they edged England on 61-1.

Ricky Ponting was furious as he was pelted with grapes at The Oval. Credit: SKYSPORTS
Ricky Ponting was furious as he was pelted with grapes at The Oval. Credit: SKYSPORTSSource: News Corp Australia

As Ponting discussed the finer points of the day’s play with Aussie spinner Todd Murphy, the former Baggy Green captain was struck by a series of fruity missiles.

A number of grapes lay at his feet as he stared menacingly into the crowd.

Sky Sports host Ian Ward tried to laugh off the situation, but Ponting wasn’t going to let it lie.

The Australian, almost shaking in rage, even said: “I’ve just been hit by a grape.

“I wouldn’t mind finding out who that was actually.”

Earlier in the day, cricket fans were left fuming with Sky Sports after the sound disappeared at a crucial juncture.

The audio cut out as Woakes claimed England’s first wicket of the match – with Joe Root clinging onto a David Warner edge.

The Australia legend was struck by flying fruity missiles during the Fifth Test. Credit: SKYSPORTSSource: News Corp Australia

And viewers were furious that they had not been able to hear the reaction at The Oval.

One said: “Sky Sports lost the sound to the cricket and England go and got the wicket of Warner. Great timing.”

Another added: “Somebody @SkySports cricket just sat on the remote and muted it.”

A third replied: “Sky Sports have had a ‘mare there! England take a wicket, but there’s no audio on the feed from the Oval!”

And a fourth responded: “Nothing like a bit of silent cricket, thanks Sky Sports …”

This story originally appeared on The Sun and is republished here with permission.

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