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Steve Waugh led Australia to victory in the 1999 World Cup © Getty Images

Bengaluru: Former Australia captain Steve Waugh on Monday denied of backing fellow countryman Ricky Ponting‘s demand of gettind rid of toss before a Test match, stating that he would prefer the system to remain as it is. Recently it was reported in a section that Waugh is against spin of coin but the former great said that he was taken out of context. “Someone asked me about the toss off-the-cuff. I said I prefer to see the toss to stay as it is. I was taken out of context. What I said was it is not a bad idea, but still prefer having a toss,” Waugh said during a promotional event. READ: Steve Waugh backs Ricky Ponting’s no toss in Tests idea

Ponting, during the Ashes 2015 series in England, had suggested to do away with toss and give powers to the visiting side taking a call on who bats first to counteract any advantage the hosts may gain from preparing a pitch that suits them best.

Waugh said he supported Pakistan legend Javed Miandad, who opposed calls given by Ponting and Michael Holding to do away with toss.

“I agree with Javed Miandad. If you are a good player, you should be able to handle conditions, no matter what they present,” he said. The former Pakistan captain had advised the ICC against banning the spin of coin.

Waugh was also in the news in the recent past for his comments on the likes of India Test skipper Virat Kohli and Australia captain Steven Smith. While the former Australian skipper stated that Kohli’s captaincy style was akin to that of Sourav Ganguly, he described Smith’s hunger for runs as similar to that of Sachin Tendulkar.