Australia news March 26, 2011

Ponting leaves future in selectors' hands

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Ricky Ponting has said he wants to continue playing but that his fate is in the hands of the selectors after Australia's quarter-final exit from the World Cup.

Ponting, 36, scored a measured century in the game against India in Ahmedabad but it was not enough to lead the three-time defending champions to victory, thereby relinquishing the trophy they have held since 1999.

"I was asked before the quarter-final and at the media conference immediately after if I was retiring. I am not," Ponting wrote in his column in the Australian. "It is my intention to keep playing cricket; I might not be the best judge of what my contribution to Australian cricket is.

"There are a panel of selectors who have that job and I am happy to accept their judgment."

Ponting's leadership has also been criticised since Australia lost the Ashes to England at home in January - making him the first Australian captain to concede the urn three times in over a century - and there have been reports that the selectors are contemplating replacing him at the helm. Ponting, however, said he is focused on getting Australia back to the top as quickly as possible.

"We need to rally together to review all aspects that have contributed to our performances over the past six months. There will be casualties and change coming out of this [Cricket Australia] review but I am also confident it will highlight a number of programs, structures and people that remain the best or very close to the best in the world.

"Building on our strengths while working hard on our weaknesses will ensure that we are in the best possible shape to win back the World Cup in 2015 as well as the Ashes and other major trophies in the years ahead."

The loss to India marked Australia's earliest exit from a World Cup since 1992, and while Ponting admitted to being "shattered", he thinks a knee-jerk reaction to the poor results of the last few months will do more harm than good.

"A clear-the-decks policy is fraught with danger. Young players need to be nurtured and the best way for that to be done is with senior guys around them."

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  • Mr.CHAMP on March 28, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    RICKY IS THE GREATEST PLAYER AND LEADER EVER CRICKET HAVE SEEN.HE SHOULD CONTINUE TO PLAY BOTH AS A CAPTAIN AND A PLAYER.LOOSING 2 MATCHES AMONG 29 MATCHES IN WORLD CUP IS NOT A BIG DEAL AND IN 2011 EDITION OF WORLD CUP THERE IS NO TEAM WHO HAVENT LOOSE A MATCH.COMING TO THE QUESTION OF UR DEFEAT TO INDIA,PONTING PLAYED EXTRA-ORDINARILY WELL AND SCORED 104.EVEN CALLING HUSSEY BEFORE CAMERON WHITE FOR BATTING CONSIDERING WHITE'S FORM WAS A CLEVER DECISION BY HIM.BUT IT WAS A BAD LUCK FOR HIM THAT HUSSEY DIDNT PROVE HIM RIGHT.ITS A MATTER OF LUCK

    SO,PONTING PLZ CONTINUE BOTH AS A LEADER AND A PLAYER OR I WOULD STOP WATCHING CRICKET AT ALL.

  • Mr.CHAMP on March 27, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    If we accept 2 consecutives victories of ponting in world cup,we have to accept his defeat without criticizing him. Ponting has contributed his maximum and maximum a player as well as captain can.IF the board give him tribute by throwing him out of the team or taking away his captaincy then it will not only be injustice to such an honorable captain, but it will also ruin the team very badly. Ricky ponting is the greatest player and captain in the history of cricket.

  • Mr.CHAMP on March 27, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    Ricky you are really Great.I love him and always support him.As far as his defeat to India is concern,if michael clarke or other player had been the captain they would have loose this mathch very very badly.ponting is of course out of form but he kept his poor form apart as a player, and played wonderfully As a captain.He has captained Australia for 3 World cups in nearly 30 matches and if he loose 2 out of them wats so big deal in that.Out of 3 worlds cup he captained, he has won 2 of them,still wat u want from him.Further,if the whole team is going out of form wat can a captain do?he can just motivate the player,he cant play in behalf of his player.All problems aussies are suffering are just because of the poor form of the player who are good players.As the team will regain their form the team will be on the top again but if ponting's captaincy will be stripped off then the future of team australia will be really doubtful.

  • Syed_ishaq on March 27, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    If you ask Sunny Gavaskar to play he will play as he was one of the best opener of Indian Cricket and dominated the world cricket too. Ponting lost 3 aussies and lost in QF of 2011 World Cup misbehaved during this world cup so, on these he should resign first then Australian board should think whether to continue him as a player or not.

  • ROCKETRAJA123456789 on March 27, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    The same feelings our DADA experienced in 2003 final when Indians were in the edge of a worldcup title. We have been dominated by Aussies in the past and this victory brings all indian fans to erase those bitter moments. Anyway gud luck ponting

  • dummy4fb on March 27, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    I think a 3-month break will do him a world of good. He can still play for another 2-3 years!

  • Abid_AMANYAAR on March 27, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    Ponting is a great player. we cannot consider him the major reason behind the poor performance of aussies cricket, indeed they are failed to replace their key players for the last five years, i.e shane warne, McGrath, Hyden, Gilchrist. it takes sometime to do so.

  • farbaloma on March 27, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    Ponting, while being one the best batsmen Australia has ever produced, is certainly its weakest captain since the days of Yallop and Hughes. His players may have let him down in the recent Ashes series, but when he lost the Ashes in the U.K. twice, he was outcaptained on the field both times. He was a 'good captain' when he could toss the ball to McGrath or Warne and when Hayden and Gilchrist were in his side, or when he himself was a more reliable runmaker.

  • othello22 on March 27, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    Punter is the last of his kind. The last remaining remnant of Australia's era of dominance, Australia's all time highest run-scorer and one of the very best in a freakish generation of super-batsmen. His ton the other night, while not enough to win the match for Australia, showed precisely why he is still there and must continue to play - Simply put I cannot imagine anyone else in the Australian batting line-up being able to produce an innings like that under such immense pressure and scrutiny against a quality bowling attack on top of their game. Were it not for his lone hand, Australia may have been bowled out for 150 and been completely humiliated. As Shane Warne said - Form temporary, class permanent. Australia needs Ricky Ponting to continue, whether he continues as captain doesn't really matter. As long as he is there.

  • Geogyu on March 27, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    I really do not think Ponting is a very great Captain. Yea,,,he was a good batsman. I was always not a fan of Pontings captaincy. With talents like McGrath, Share Warne, Bret Lee and other world class bowlers PLUS Haiden and batting team and best wicket keepeer Gilchrist, any school boy could have won matches for their team. I think Shane Warne could have done much better seeing how he captained Rajastan Royals in IPL-1. Ponting was lucking to be born in the era of some Australian greats and got an oppurtunity to Captain the Great Team. Ponting never had a tension because he is a bowler or batsman short. He was always having the sweet tension of who to select from the big list of best performers. So, we should say Dhoni, Strauss, Sangakkara, etc are much superior to Ricky Ponting.

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