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Last Updated: Tuesday, 7 February 2006, 18:46 GMT
Whingeing Aussies
Phil Tufnell enjoys a pint while watching cricket in 2003
Tufnell has become a TV celebrity since quitting cricket
Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting is upset with Phil Tufnell because the former England spinner has taken the micky out of the Australians for losing the Ashes.

Ponting was left spluttering into his food when a video of Tufnell's comments was played at Australia's player of the year awards.

Former England spinner Tufnell received a notoriously hard time from Australian crowds when playing for England down under.

He was once asked during a match: "Hey Tufnell, can I borrow your brain... I'm building an idiot".

So the temptation for him to revel in England's 2005 triumph over the Aussies proved too much.

Tufnell teased Shane Warne about "dropping the Ashes", referring to the leg-spinner's mistake in the final Test at The Oval.

Spin legend Warne spilled a catch from Hampshire team-mate Kevin Pietersen, who went on to make a century and save the match, which meant England won a series against the old enemy for the first time in 18 years.

Tufnell also criticised Ponting's decision to put England in to bat at Edgbaston, where England eventually won by two runs.

An angry Ponting said about Tufnell's comments: "I probably wouldn't have minded so much if it had been someone who had actually taken part in the series.

I can't believe some of the Aussies can have such a lack of sense of humour over these comments
Tufnell stirs the pot some more

"But for someone who has never really done anything against Australia in any game he ever played, it was a little bit hard to swallow.

"He was trying to be funny but he's the one we'll probably look back at next year and I bet we'll be laughing at him like we did tonight," said Ponting.

Tufnell is having none of it and admitted he found Ponting's reaction amusing.

"I can't believe some of the Aussies can have such a lack of sense of humour over these comments," chuckled the ex-England spinner.

"After about 12 years of pain and defeat at the hands of the Aussies as a player, and hearing various wisecracks and jokes at my and my team-mates' expense, I felt it was about time to give the Aussies back some of their own medicine."

Tufnell has had some fun at the expense of the Aussies before.

His career high point came when he claimed match figures of 11-93 as England won the final Test at The Oval in 1997.

And guess who accounted for two of those wickets - yep, Ponting, who Tufnell dismissed in each innings.

Needless to say, though. Australia had long since wrapped up the Ashes.

And, as he admits, his triumphs against Australia were few and far between and to any Aussies who might join your captain in taking offence we can only say it's better to laugh - after all, you must have seen Tufnell bat.

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