South Africa in Australia 2012-13

Ponting knows he must contribute in Adelaide

Daniel Brettig in Adelaide

November 20, 2012

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Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke at Australia's training session, Adelaide, November 20, 2012
Michael Clarke sought Ricky Ponting's help for throw-downs to prepare for an expected short-pitched attack from South Africa in Adelaide © Getty Images
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Five balls, no runs, one innings. It wasn't much, but in a world of instant judgements and enthusiastic speculation that was all it took for Ricky Ponting to shift in public perception from the best-performed domestic batsman so far this season to one of the more supposedly vulnerable members of the Australian Test team to face South Africa in Adelaide.

Having already weathered one helluva storm this time last year against South Africa and New Zealand to keep his Test career intact, Ponting knows the score. No longer the captain, no longer a multi-format player, he is well aware that another brief stay at the crease in Adelaide will push him further still towards an exit before his desired date with Ashes reckoning in England and Australia next year.

"I don't mind it, I don't shy away from it," Ponting said of the pressure, either real or imagined, he now found himself under. "I've been around enough and played in enough high-pressure situations, whether it's a big game or a game where you're under pressure because you haven't scored runs yourself. Most players who've played international cricket have found themselves in that position at least once in their career. It's not always plain sailing; it's the way cricket's supposed to be.

"International cricket and Test cricket is about being challenged all the time, and as I say year after year it's about reinventing yourself as a player because opposition teams are going to be very well planned against you, they're going to target your weaknesses and not give you too much in your strength areas, so that's what it's all about. A disappointing week for me, a very good week for the team and I've just got to make sure I'm contributing this week."

Ponting's most recent reinvention began in South Africa, when he eradicated a technical hitch that had him out LBW in three consecutive innings. He endured further struggles against New Zealand in Hobart before righting the ship against India and contributing in the West Indies. Nonetheless, two previous ducks against South Africa in 2011 have been conveniently strung together with Ponting's nought in Brisbane to suggest this is one obstacle he may struggle to overcome.

"It would suggest they've got it over me of late. There's seven or eight hundreds in another column there as well that probably haven't been brought up," Ponting said. "But of late they definitely have. I was disappointed last week, with all the work I put in pre-season and to make a little error like that and have your game over and done with in five balls was disappointing.

"It's a fresh start this week, I've got make sure there's plenty of runs in the column. I've prepared well, will top-up tomorrow and when it's my turn to bat make sure I'm one of the guys who contributes more than last week. One of the things I brought up in the team meeting yesterday there were three guys who did the majority of the batting last week and we've got to make sure everyone's contributing if we want to beat a good South African team."

It has been widely noted that Ponting's contribution goes beyond runs. His ravenous appetite for training and ability to help team-mates sort out their own batting foibles were both evident in Adelaide on Tuesday, as Michael Clarke sought help for throw-downs to prepare for an expected short-pitched attack from South Africa before Ed Cowan worked with Ponting as the session wound down.

"That's nothing different than we would normally do. Both he [Clarke] and Ed like to prepare that way and get a bit of short-ball work done," Ponting said. "It's part of the preparation and I am sure Michael will do a bit more of that tomorrow. I saw there was a bit of noise in the press about the South Africans bowling shorter to him this week. It probably doesn't matter where you bowl to Michael at the moment; he's playing that well all around the ground. They bowled a bit of short stuff to him last week but he's very good at getting himself well prepared and he would have been thinking of how they will change things up and he will be prepared.

"I'm always around to help out, nearly always the last one to leave the nets. If any guys want some extra work then I'll stay around and help them out. That's what I'd have liked if I was a young guy coming into the side, so now I'm one of the more senior guys I'll always be there to help them."

One man who could also do with Ponting's help is David Warner, who remains less than certain of his place in the team after a run of nine innings with only one fifty. Ponting spoke of Warner in the manner that he might have once opined about Mark Waugh, another batsman so capable of match-winning innings that the selectors were prepared to weather lean sequences either side of them. As it was he mentioned Warner in the same breath as Adam Gilchrist, someone Warner himself has cited as an inspiration for fearless batting.

"There's always going to be those questions asked about Dave because of the way he plays. It's a bit like Gilly as well, no-one thought Gilly would have the temperament to survive and make as many hundreds as he did in Test cricket, but he found a way and he did it," Ponting said. "Sure it's a bit different for Dave because he's an opening batsman, but the bottom line is he's not playing any more short-form games than the majority of our players.

"What he has to be able to do though is adapt himself very quickly from the changeover of formats, and find a way to be a very consistent run-scorer for Australia at the top of the order. That's what we have to do and it's not an easy thing. One thing I know is if he's playing well and hitting the ball off the middle of the bat, he'll set up a lot of Test wins for Australia in the future."

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Posted by close_call on (November 21, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

@snowsnake. you are spot on.As you said, evertime ponting fails, he brags "more" about other factors not his batting failure!.

Posted by mthi4life on (November 21, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

The difference with Kallis is that he has re-invented himself.He is willing to take more risks if it will benefit the team.The presence of Amla has helped him relax,knowing he has someone who is a rock if the opening partnership fails.

Posted by othello22 on (November 20, 2012, 23:06 GMT)

166 tests, 13 and a half thousand runs, 41 centuries, played in and contributed to over 100 test match wins, wisden awards, AB Medals, cricinfo player of the decade, averaged over 100 last summer, one of SS's leading run scorers for 2012... Then he scores one duck and everyone wants him hanged. Seems like we've been here before, haven't we?

Posted by SnowSnake on (November 20, 2012, 22:54 GMT)

There is enough in this piece that suggest that Ponting knows he does not have skills to survive. The last part of article shows Ponting deflecting the attention from his batting skills to his value in helping his fellow team members and Warner's batting skills. He even brags about telling other team members to contribute because in last game only 3 players did majority of batting. My God, how would Clarke and Warner feel about what Ponting has to say? Seems like Ponting still thinks he is the Captain.

Posted by Sapthakanya on (November 20, 2012, 22:32 GMT)

Kallis is going to overtake Sachin pretty soon. Sachin is very unlikely to score another 100 or even a 50 before he gets the axe.

Posted by MattyP1979 on (November 20, 2012, 22:19 GMT)

With so many bright young batsman amongst the Aus ranks it makes you wonder how 2 40 year olds hold their enormous talent at bay. Certainly Punter is far below his best and Hussy might find age catching him up too. But as a testament to the depth of Aus lets hope these 2 can bat on for another 5 years, if not get Clarke to bat from both ends!!

Posted by RameshRayaprolu on (November 20, 2012, 22:18 GMT)

If it does not happen for Ponting in this series, he might think of taking a decision (otherwise, looks like CA will force his retirement :) !). Nevertheless, Ponting is an extra-ordinary no. 3 batsman. can never be replaced...we just need to wait for the transition to happen smoothly..

And, don't even think of Kallis retirement in the next 4-5 years....the way he is batting/bowling these days...I don't think CSA can dare to skip him in any format of the game..Kallis ROCKS !!

Posted by bridget01 on (November 20, 2012, 21:58 GMT)

Pontings form in domestic cricket this year against strong bowling lineups on tough wickets is more than enough justification for his........or any other batsmens place in the side.....end of story......same rubbish was was carried on with at the end of Haydens career.....our media and the sheep that follow them are pathetic

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 21:57 GMT)

Can anyone Bet on Sachin to score a 100 in the current series with England ? I can bet on Ponting to score a 100 in the current series with SA...!!!

And I am from India...!!

Posted by Hardy1 on (November 20, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

Ponting back in most of the 2000s had probably as close a consistent run to Bradman as there's ever been, he was insanely good. Obviously with age players' abilities wane but I always thought Ponting's ability decreased rapidly over a relatively short period. He and Tendulkar are probably nearing retirement at this rate, Kallis on the other hand seems to be stronger than ever right now, very impressive.

Posted by rajkumarvalparai on (November 20, 2012, 19:19 GMT)

pointing you are a great man,i personally felt you are a good batsman,i consider you as a legend. it doen't matter what happens,what'r hap'n it's good.

may bring y'r presence felt in the forthcoming match.

best hearty wishes

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 19:05 GMT)

Contributed in the West Indies???? When ? certainly not on his last visit there. Roach was too much for him. His last hooray was against India. He did made runs, however, not in the Ponting fashion as we all are accustomed to.The time is right for him to call it quits before CA does it for him. He WAS one of the greats, and will be remembered as such if he does't continue to stain his record . And how long more can he be selected based upon past performances?

Posted by Arrow011 on (November 20, 2012, 19:04 GMT)

ponting dont retire, if you & kallis do then our sachin would also retire because sachin knows these 2 have to retire first for him to be no. 1 in test cricket's highest run scrorer list.

Posted by Ahsan-cric-freak on (November 20, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

People usually talk about Ponting, sachin and misbah have come at an age when they should say goodbye but people overlook their contributions since gaining ample experience that is after getting over 30... i don't know y people are tired of watching these greats of cricket before they leave it.... !!

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

Its a practical era and if the managements are still persisting with the likes of TENDULKER and PONTING, then it depicts some serious belief of managements in their potential plus I won't comment over replacement of Tendulker as Indian batting bench strength is capable enough, but if the likes of Rob Quinney, Dav Warner are the part of test side, then Ponting deserves concrete berth at number 3 for a reasonable time.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

Sachin &ponting should retire immediately ,how many innings they will fail more befor e they make shameful exit?

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

Jayasurya is a bad example but there are enough other examples of great people not giving up when their time is up and then getting knocked off by selectors. Ponting and Tendulkar should get it now. Kallis should get it before he stops scoring runs.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

Ricky pointing is an absolute genius when his bat tunes with the ball. lately ricky has been down psychologically because of the last year's world cup defeat hence one event after the another followed ricky to bite his back, he needs to be given some more time to revive his 3 years of cricket which is still alive inside him and i feel personally that we shall see ricky at his best sooner or later in tests. Selectors need to back him up for his presence in his team as his experience and his leadership experience of understanding cricket are exceptional and clarke will still need another 2 years to establish himself as a captain and he needs to make sure that there is no better opportunity for clarke than having ricky in his team at every test or ODI. lets be fair and give him(ricky) few more chances to prove himself RIGHT.

Posted by muski on (November 20, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

@kurups-from when did the world live on past glories? Its like asking some bollywood director to take the 92 year old Pran and make him a villian in a new movie becoz he was a great villian of the past. Do these things work in real life? Who is talking of the past. We are living in the present and talking of the present.

Posted by MVRMurty on (November 20, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

No one in this world would be able to replace great players like Sachin, Dravid, Lara, Ponting, Kallis or Steve Waugh of the modern era or Gavaskar, Border, Sobbers, Gooch, Kalicharan, Bradman. The evolution of these great players took a good bit of time. They started their careers with average or just above average performances, but with time they performed consistently well, hence were designated as greats.

So, the essence is any player(youngster) needs to know how to play test match cricket. The confidence does not come instantly or by playing 5-10 matches. It is consistency that improves the greatness grade. There is a transition phase for the team/player whenever good player retires. Aussies are still transitioning from the retirement of Gilchrist, Symonds, McGrath, Warne, Hayden, Langer. Similarly India is gradually transforming from the retirement of Ganguly, Dravid, Laxman and eventually one day Sachin.

Replacment of greats is tough but transitioning is a good possibility.

Posted by Skylight28 on (November 20, 2012, 16:01 GMT)

Its a little ridiculous to say "he must contribute" after just one failure. As if no one else ever made a duck!

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

At all those who keep comparing Ponting to Sachin and talk about Sachin's 2 cents on it..Ponting and comparision..Sachin, Lara and Shane Warne are the genius to have been on filed this era...then there is a pause..then we have Dravid, Kallis, Ponting and Inzy. Coming to Sachin's retirement, India is probably the only nation which ill treats it sporting heroes the way we do. Sachin at is 50% is way way better than anyone around..I think he knows he is in last phase of his glorious career..but he is doing a great service in groming the youngsters how to handle things on a cricket pitch..virat is amazing but blows too much of works when he is scoring runs..pujara has the attitude to be really big..then who else? Sachin will retire when he needs to..and oh yeah another note..first 12 years of his career..sachin always came in 10/2 unlike ponting who came at prolly 100/1 to be followed by best batting line up with Gilly at comparision period.

Posted by unregisteredalien on (November 20, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

Why so many people banging on about Tendulkar here? He is not the subject. Ponting has done enough of the required thing - proving himself in 1c cricket - to warrant an extended run in the national side regardless of anything else.

Posted by CricketMaan on (November 20, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

If John thinks Khwaja is next in line, then put him against the best bowlers to see if he is indeed ready, dont wait for him to come back against weak opponents, test his mettle playing against the best. If he suceeds no one can question his readiness.

Posted by sachinisawesome on (November 20, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

People talking about Sachin Blocking a youngster. Ganguly retired in 2008 and still we don't have a steady replacement for him. Please should ask youngsters to fill that position first. When sachin was selected he forced his way into the team as did Virat or any other player for that matter. So nobody can block anybody's place. If somebody is really good he will get his chance.

Posted by ScottStevo on (November 20, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

First paragraph sums it up, although, how is the public perception persuaded? Certainly not on the merits of one solitary innings... Rather see the media cease these attacks on Ponting purely based on his age...As you said, at the time the team was selected, Ponting was the performing domestic batsman. End of story.

Posted by Front-Foot_lunge on (November 20, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

I am ashamed to say that Ponting's treatment by English crowds and media over here in 'Bllighty is a disgrace. English cricketing fans should hang their heads in shame if they have ever joined in the rhetoric aimed at Ponting. The games' administrators should do something to curb the hooligan influence and distasteful chanting of the barmy-army brigade. Lords has already banned them, other grounds should too. He is a legend of the game, 13k+ test runs (Compare that to Gooch on 8k) and I would say, is as passionate about his cricket now as he was on his debut. Compare that to Messrs Swann and Broad, whose twitter skills are now eclipsing their cricketing prowess.

Posted by SnowSnake on (November 20, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

Ponting and also Tendulkar need to understand that it is no longer the runs you score, but the confidence with which you score runs. Sure Ponting can score 70 runs in his next innings at a strike rate of 40%. However, it will not be same as Ponting who used to score confidently at a strike rate of around 60%. Slower scoring rate and tentativeness has to be considered along with total runs scored. When you do that Ponting, Tendulkar and even Kallis are pretty average batsmen today. Cricket world desperately needs new batting heros.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

A true professional is just not only judged by his dedication and the training he undergoes to stay in business, but also one who evauates the realities and accepts them even if it relates to himself.. from the way Sachin and Ponting keep failing but also failing to make up their mind on their exit does not bode well for being called a professional!

Posted by Rohan_K on (November 20, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

These 2 legends have a little more knowledge of the game then you guys are, so leave it to them. They know when to quit.

Posted by RobTay14 on (November 20, 2012, 12:37 GMT)

Pontings place shouldn't really be questioned when there are people like Quiney and Warner in the team. IMO..

Posted by 158notout on (November 20, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

@amit.chippa - you said "2011 Sachin was good enough to score 2 half centuries in England where all Youngsters were failing except Dravid n Sachin.". Personally I would say that 2 50's from 8 innings with an average around 34 is pretty poor from a player who was chasing his 100th international 100. I would use that series more as an example of why he should retire.

Posted by kurups on (November 20, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

Why all the talk about Ponting?..forgetting all the masterful innings he played. He'd know better than any of us when to go. Just as Sachin who even scored a double hundred in ODI when people were questioning him? cmon guys, these guys are damn talented and know more about cricket than any of us here..

Posted by tickcric on (November 20, 2012, 11:09 GMT)

Ponting is not done yet. Yes, Ponting may not be able to play the way Clarke is playing these days but still it is too early to write him off. He can come good in this upcoming Test itself.

Posted by KhanMitch on (November 20, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

I think Khawaja is close to a callup as he is scoring heavily in shield and we need players such as Punter as a mentor for these younger guys.

Posted by WillyTheWhale on (November 20, 2012, 11:03 GMT)

Untill somebody demands selection into the australian team through weight of runs than do not drop ponting. His value to the team; experiance and leadership is vital for younger players. Yes the time has come to inject new talent and ponting and hussey are old which puts them in the firing line but untill somebody demands selection than ponting has earned the right to continue. Good teams have people putting pressure on exsisting members and NOBODY has earned the right to take pontings baggy green yet. I would be happy if they backed in the proven players. I hate people that say "bring in new talent" if this new talent is averaging 30 atm in first class cricket what makes you think they will come in and average 40 in tests? All that is going to happen is they lose confidence play 8 tests and get dropped and are behind in there development.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

I agree with @green and gold. we want all legends to retire and then everyone will discuss their absence in a nostalgical manner. Let them play, they still have a lot to contribute.

Posted by hycIass on (November 20, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

With the likes of Khawaja and Doolan scoring heavily in shield Punter will have to stay on the top of his game. If Punter can score against the Saffas then he is good for the ashes but if he fails this series then we need to get a youngster such as Doolan or Khawaja in for the ashes.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (November 20, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

The question once Sachin and Punter retire is who would be considered the better batsman. After Punter's form last season most people would say Punter but I think Sachin is not too far behind him.

Posted by umairhuda on (November 20, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

Ponting is a legend and I request cricket Australia to give him some time and let him retire on his own wish. I hope he will do better in coming days and this is part of cricket. His form will be back in coming matches.

Posted by muski on (November 20, 2012, 10:25 GMT)

The begining of the end for these 2 legends. I only hope they will not prolong this agony. Already, they have lent support to voices which ask " Pl go" rather than going when voices would have asked " Why now".

Posted by amit.chippa on (November 20, 2012, 10:18 GMT)

@SamRoy: Do mind to go through the stats in last 3 years of both Players Career before barking??

2010 Sachin won Best Test innings Award for his innings against SA in SA. He was among very few Best players in that series. 2011 Sachin was good enough to score 2 half centuries in England where all Youngsters were failing except Dravid n Sachin. 2011/12 Sachin was the only Best player with Kohli to score enough runs against Australia in Australia. Where are your youngsters? 2011/12 sachin was good enough against West-indies too. 3 half centuries.

I'm not saying that all Youngsters are failing but not all are Working too is fact.

Ponting was awesome against India in 2011/12 season.

Dont just shout for their retirements. They know the Game and their Own health Better anyone else. They have given alot to their respected countries and still are giving because they still have Cricket left in them.Talking like "Sachin wants to play with his son" shows your knowledge

Posted by Nerk on (November 20, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

It cannot see Ponting missing out on the Ashes next year. He may not make another run again this summer, but I would bet on him making the Ashes.

He has struggled against high quality pace attacks in recent years, and whilst he is still a good player he is not the player he once was. Furthermore, unlike last year where young domestic players with the potential to replace Ricky, like Kwhaja and Hughes, were not performing, this year a number of talents are scoring freely.

Quite simply put, he needs runs. But even if he doesn't I don't think the selectors will be willing to push him just yet.

Posted by apurvgupta1 on (November 20, 2012, 10:04 GMT)

One Series against India and he will be back in form!

Posted by sharidas on (November 20, 2012, 9:58 GMT)

Ponting is the type of player, who needs no prodding for retirement. If he feels that he is not upto the mark, I am sure he will make the decision himself. Right now, he is still capable of some big innings and we are going to see it. I will not compare him with anyone...Ponting is Ponting ! I am an Indian and I do admire him.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (November 20, 2012, 9:55 GMT)

It's unfortunate but inevitable that pointing a class player has not Much cricket left in him. World will miss u punter

Posted by SurlyCynic on (November 20, 2012, 9:53 GMT)

I think Punter is scared of becoming a Channel 9 commentator and being teased by Ian Healy. He wants to go straight from the test team to the retirement home and miss out that step.

Posted by pat_one_back on (November 20, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

I suspect those calling for Punter to retire are the same voices that will bag the next guy for not being worthy... Don't get me wrong I have my doubts but only against the benchmark of his past, he has as much right to his place as Quiney and probably more right than Warner and Cowan over their past 12 months, be fair. Khawaja is the only guy seriously knocking on the door and Punter matched his state form.

Posted by Green_and_Gold on (November 20, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

Australia have plethora of new players in the side already - Cowen, Warner, #3, Pattison, Wade so what value do you add by dropping Punter and getting another new guy in? There just isnt another player banging hard enough on the door and if there was then there is that #3 spot to fill. There are a few players who look like future stars of Aus but another year in FC cricket getting runs will better prepare them for the international stage.

Posted by mlkt on (November 20, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

ponting and tendulkar are perhaps prolonging their test careers because of jaque kallis....who is fast moving up in the list of batsmen with most test runs and most test centuries.....

Posted by crankypete on (November 20, 2012, 9:44 GMT)

Sam Roy, agree but you do your case no favours by misrepresenting the Chappell situation. He was not forced to retire.

Posted by Thaimike on (November 20, 2012, 9:41 GMT)

Remember Dravid, who lost his Test place, fought to get back in, had a stellar season.... and then retired when he was still at the top. I wish Sachin and Ricky had done the same.

Posted by Green_and_Gold on (November 20, 2012, 9:41 GMT)

@ N.Sundararajan, @SamRoy, @Kishore Rao - Give it a break guys, im so sick of hearing how cricket would benefit from SRT or Ponting retiring. They are legends of the game and both feel they still have somthing to give - and lets face it, we know they only have 1 or 2 more years left at the most anyway. I watched the Aus v India test in Sydney and it was a highlight to watch both Ponting and SRT play plus im hoping for ashes tickets and would love to see punter at Lords taking on the old enemy. While they are playing I want to be at the ground watching.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 9:30 GMT)

The problem with dropping Ponting is that there does not appear to be a natural successor. He showed good form in the Sheffield Shield leading up to the first Test, scoring a century. I'd ratheer see him go to the Ashes and retire after that. Not sure about Tendulkar - wouldn't want to be in the shoes of the Indian selectors if they finally decide to drop him.

Posted by Flying_Turtle on (November 20, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

I would ike to see Sachin play to 50yo, and Punter to 45

Posted by path_finder_13 on (November 20, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

@ SamRoy true make way for the young......

Posted by Pathiyal on (November 20, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

no doubts these legends were inspiring in their career. they know the art of the game. had they known the art of retiring too.....

Posted by N.Sundararajan on (November 20, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

N. Sundararajan from Chennai, India: Both Ponting and Sachin are overdue for their retirement---and stop denying youngsters the opportunities. Possibly, both Ricky and Ponting are waiting for the other to announce it first---the Selection Panels are scared to drop these stalwarts of the past and re being soft with them. Sachin is waiting for his son to play with him and create an all-time record---but why is Ponting waiting? Come on Punter, be a sport---the Ashes can be played without you,and you surely do not wish to be part of the team losing to South Africa again ! Though you cannot surpass Sachin in the batting records, at least beat him to this !

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

SamRoy - Agree all the way. Of the two, Ponting should be under greater pressure as he only knows too well - and all of us too - that the Australian selectors have a very small window of tolerance for non-performance and will not flinch for a moment in taking needed tough decisions, as they have done so often in the past.

About the Indian selectors though, less said the better. It is they who must be quaking uncontrollably at the prospect of having to consider omitting Tendulkar. They must be hoping against hope that Sachin would spare them the trouble by announcing his retirement. But Sachin seems in no mood to oblige.

Posted by SamRoy on (November 20, 2012, 8:05 GMT)

Both Tendulkar and Ponting need to do cricket a favour by retiring. Even though he (Ponting) might score a hundred at Adelaide he will surely fail at Perth. Tendulkar has been an even bigger failure for 18 months. Yes, both are all time greats but enough is enough. Both are a pale shadow of what they used to be. Greg Chapell was forced to retire when he was in much superior form compared to these two.

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