Cricket Australia: Ricky Ponting on Channel 7 after rushed to hospital for heart scare, Justin Langer’s act revealed

Ricky Ponting has returned to Perth Stadium to resume his commentary role with Channel 7 after suffering a health scare on Friday.

Ponting was taken to hospital after suffering a medical episode during day three of the First Test between Australia and the West Indies.

He was admitted and remained under observation on Friday night.

It was reported on Friday night his former Test teammate Justin Langer helped Ponting seek medical advice in the minutes leading up to the decision for him to be taken to hospital.

Ponting confirmed those reports when returning to duties for Channel 7 on Saturday.

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The former Test skipper also revealed he first began to feel “unwell” while he was live on air early in the day’s play.

“I probably scared a lot of people yesterday and had a scary moment for myself,” he said.

“I was sitting in the comms box halfway through the stint and got a couple of really short and sharp pains to my chest. I tried to stretch it out and get rid of it, and probably didn’t want to give too much away when I was on air.

“I had a couple of those incidents, got through the stint and went to walk to the back of the commentary box and got lightheaded and dizzy and grabbed the bench.

“I mentioned to JL on the way out, who was commentating with me, that I had had these pains in my chest and Chris Jones (Seven Cricket’s executive producer) heard me and just reacted straight away and got me out of there. 10 or 15 minutes later, I was in the hospital getting the best treatment that I possibly could.

“I feel great this morning, I am all shiny and new this morning.

“I think the bottom line is, the fact that I was willing to share it with JL and the fact that your mate looks after you, I think as people of our age, we are a little reluctant to share much or talk about our health and I think that is a good learning curve for me yesterday, especially with what has happened in the last 12-18 months to really close people around us.

“My little mate looked after me and got me down there and I’m back, shiny and new this morning.”

Ponting had left the ground around lunch time on day three and did not return.

7News reported Langer helped Ponting seek medical attention while at Optus Stadium.

News Corp reports Langer helped Ponting walk downstairs to find Australian team doctor Leigh Golding before the decision was made to take him to hospital.

Golding was reportedly the person who drove Ponting to hospital.

Ponting’s heart complaint was not believed to be serious.

Scares such as this will hit close to home. This is the first summer without Shane Warne, who died aged 52 after a heart attack in Thailand in March.

Tributes came from across the world after his untimely death, including from Ponting, who captained Warne throughout his career.

Asked at the time by Isa Guha if there was something Ponting wished he could say to Warne, the former Aussie captain said: “As I’ve said to a lot of the guys I’ve been talking to over the last couple of days, just how much I love him.

“I didn’t say that, but I wish I did.”

Warne’s death came just hours after the passing of fellow Aussie cricket legend Rod Marsh, which the Spin King had acknowledged in his final tweet.

“Sad to hear the news that Rod Marsh has passed. He was a legend of our great game & an inspiration to so many young boys & girls,” Warne wrote.

“Rod cared deeply about cricket & gave so much-especially to Australia & England players. Sending lots & lots of love to Ros & the family. RIP mate.”

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