Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Sydney November 5, 2010

Ponting to miss third ODI against Sri Lanka

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ricky Ponting will not take part in the third one-day international against Sri Lanka in Brisbane, and will instead travel to Hobart to prepare for Tasmania's Sheffield Shield game against Queensland in order to fit in as much first-class cricket as possible ahead of the first Ashes Test against England on November 25.

"As the series against Sri Lanka has been decided the National Selection Panel has an ideal opportunity to provide Ricky with two solid weeks of red-ball cricket," said Greg Chappell, who sits on the panel. "This allows him what we believe to be the best preparation to lead the Australian Test match team in Brisbane for the first Ashes Test match."

Australia lost the second ODI in Sydney by 29 runs to hand Sri Lanka their first ever series win on Australian soil, and have now lost seven successive matches across all three formats. Ponting admitted that "all departments are a little bit wanting at the moment", but insisted that the team remained upbeat ahead of what is sure to be a challenging summer.

"There is a good feeling around the group," he said. "We had a good chat after the game in Melbourne and we talked about areas of our game we had to improve on and unfortunately we haven't done that as well as we would have liked tonight. We are just far enough off to be losing games of cricket at the moment. We have had seven games in a row now where we have had opportunities to win games and we haven't got there.

Ponting refused to use the hype surrounding the Ashes as a reason for Australia's poor form, adding: "You can't use that as an excuse. We have known for a long time about this series and how important it was for us to play well here leading into the Ashes and we haven't done that over the last two games. We have the chance now in Brisbane to get things back on track and a bit of state cricket after that.

"We have to start winning games, it's really important to have that attitude and feeling of winning games around the dressing room and we haven't done that for a while now. It's about time we got back to playing the brand of cricket we know we are capable of and if we do that I am sure we will win some games."

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  • Shehan on November 7, 2010, 2:40 GMT

    Care to remember the 2009 T20 WC??? Australia was dumped out in the 1st round by SL. It wasn't luck that helped SL in the 1st ODI but brilliance and the 'never die' attitude that OZ used to have sometime back. In the 2nd ODI, the rain saved Aussies out of humiliation because you guys were BOWLED out in 39 overs while SL lost only 4 wickets in 41 overs with Mathews & Tharanga playing and the likes of Perera to come (Remember 4,6,4?). Just admit that the Aussies are nothing but a bunch of has-beings who use Michael Clark as a scapegoat when they lose eventhough his captaincy skills are better than punters.

  • Ruwani on November 7, 2010, 1:01 GMT

    @zapper22: What you want us to tell- Australia is still so strong, they have mighty players who can defeat any team under any condition and finally going to win the World Cup this time also????. No my friend, you have to wait 4 more years at least. Believe me.

  • Ashley on November 7, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    in reply to AliOnline. The Sl-Aus series is has already been won by Sri Lanka. This last match is a DEAD RUBBER. It seems logical that ponting should go away and prepare for their next important series.

  • Ali on November 6, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    So preparing for the Ashes is more important for Australia than stopping SL from clean sweeping them? This must be a joke...! If the Ashes is so important to Aus, why do they even play cricket against other nations? Just play first class cricket and the ashes..!

  • Dummy4 on November 6, 2010, 19:03 GMT


  • Taij on November 6, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    The Australian team selectors seem to have their heads on backwards. Its' confusion all the way to the Ashes. It's a simple task to pick the best available players versus the over rated players Hilditch and Ponting wants in the team. Cameron White, should be playing before Hussey, and Hauritz sould be playing 2nd class cricket somewhere, anywhere, other than, in an OVER rated Australia Test Team. "Too short,too wide, too full, long hop, no line and length, not bowling for the field setting,indisipline and arrogant " best describe the bowlers. It will have to be a miracle for Australia to even win a full days' play, much less an ashes test.

  • Sharad on November 6, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    Finally it dawns that why this aussie team is doing so bad.... it is that selector who used to be Indian coach some time ago... aus would take at least 2 years to recover if they are able to fire him post world cup...

  • Vasuki on November 6, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    Ponting is not doing well and the ACB is supporting him to ensure that he does not lose face. He would have done a world of good for himself if he had played and scored well in the last match. He's got the class but presently really low on confidence. An international match would have been a perfect place to set things right. I feel he would have been ready for the Ashes, but now, maybe he isn't ready

  • Robert on November 6, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    Take no credit from Sri Lanka, they have performed extremely well and their wins are well deserved even if the Aussies have tripped over their own feet at every other turn this series. Can't wait for the world cup, I feel its going to be a good one as none of the top 5 teams are truly dominating atm. Its a fair call, Ponting has not spent much time in the middle recently, and you don't get two or three sessions to bat in an ODI, the bowling is different too (more pace variations and yorkers in an ODI) and the batting different (you can't leave as many balls in an ODI). I hope he isn't captaining though, let him get back to Ponting the batsman for a while. Sadly the selection panel is letting Australia down atm, its been 2+ years since the best team walked onto the field. It seems they are clinging to players in the hope they will eventually justify their selection and its just not happening. I predict big changes after the ashes if everyone doesn't play out of their skins...

  • Dummy4 on November 6, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    Arrogant Ricky Ponting deserves this cant score against an intl side hence hiding himself and playing in local matches & giving it colour of preparation for ashes for all his past grtness he can now only play for state teams.

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