Ponting ordered back by sponsors (SCG)
In a new twist ESPN reports that Ricky Ponting was forced to cut short his break and take his place in the starting line up for the crucial 3rd ODI in Sydney as Australia face a mustwin game. The pressure was applied by the sponsors to have Ponting back in the team after expressing their displeasure on the rest period. Former Aussie spinner Gavin Robertson says that all this discussion on money is causing too many distractions for the team. New Zealand hold a 20 lead after winning the first two games with some comfort in the five match series.3rd ODI SCG Feb 2009.