Ricky Ponting has thrown out calls for Cameron Green to replace David Warner when the veteran Australian opener retires, insisting selectors choose a specialist substitute. Former teammate Simon Katich and others have advocated for emerging allrounder Green to step up, but Ponting disagrees. He highlighted the need for a seasoned batsman given upcoming major series against India and England. Warner recently nominated Marcus Harris as his choice to fill his role, spurring criticism from former selector Jamie Cox. Harris, along with Matt Renshaw and Cameron Bancroft, are in the running for two Tests against West Indies in January. Ponting previously supported Bancroft, who he believes is the top contender. Meanwhile, former teammate Mike Hussey also believes a specialist opener is required. Calls have surrounded different players to replace Warner, leading to debate around whether an allrounder or a traditional opener should be chosen. Pakistani time-wasting tactics also fueled controversy, drawing criticism from commentary box “grumpy old men” for delaying play and leaving supporters disgruntled.

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