Australia news March 26, 2011

Ponting leaves future in selectors' hands

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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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • on March 27, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    Time to go Ponting!!! BYE BYE!!!! Your century against India was a fluky, once in a blue moon innings. you are way past the use-by date. Looking forward to seeing in a commentator seat!!!!

  • WildRain on March 27, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    The only batsman who could come closer to Sachin's records is Ponting. There is no denial about his ability. Sometime it is just to be looked at as whether he is at his best and being respected by all. The might of Shane warne, Glen megrath and gellespie are not with him anymore, so it gets harder for him to sail the boat on his own.

  • Manush on March 27, 2011, 1:46 GMT

    Feel sorry for the plight of Ricky, a master batsman who excels in adversity. He has been burdened to carry a mediocre team for too long and demanded to perform. For nearly over two years the Australian attack has been very weak and all exaggerated expressions by the media and the so called experts !!. England India and SA proved them wrong and now the willy Afridi nailed them. They very badly miss Symonds who was sacked for non cricketing reasons. Together with Watson he would have turned the table in any difficult situatio. The batting is again very average. Minus Ricky and Mike Hussy all others are very ordinary. Australia should discover new talents to come up again, a very difficult task.

  • CricSamraat on March 27, 2011, 1:19 GMT

    Ponting is a great batsman - no doubt about that. He needs to move away from captaincy and concentrate on batting alone. Tendulkar has already set the path for great batsmen like Ponting.

  • on March 27, 2011, 1:15 GMT

    Time to go Ponting. You are only making a desperate attempt through the media to save your place and probably your Captaincy in the team. You might hang around for a bit longer... but not for very long.

    Maybe if you relinquish your captaincy, your form may improve and you maybe able to revive you batting career.

  • ratnakar.chetan on March 27, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    Yes, Punter should keep playing cricket for Cricket Tasmania Premier League!

  • Bytheway on March 27, 2011, 0:08 GMT

    Ponting could learn a lesson from Smith. Know when its time to say goodbye.

  • on March 26, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    Ricky Ponting is no longer the great batsman he was from 2004 to 2007. The team is no longer the great team it used to be - players like Hayden, Gilchrist, Martyn, Warne and Mcgrath come once in a generation and cannot be easily replaced. Players like Cameron White & Steve Smith need to step up and be consistent. They need a quality spinner who can contain and take wickets. Ponting & Mike Hussey will retire in the next two years. They do not have too much time.....

  • hardess699 on March 26, 2011, 22:21 GMT

    Australia's problem is bigger than Ricky Ponting.......they really have got to start looking at some younger players and plan for the future

  • on March 26, 2011, 22:12 GMT

    Ponting is no doubt a great player, a TRUE fighter.............the presense of warney, mcgrath, gilchrist & hayden is still felt in the team..............the time has come for the end of a great domination........"Everything which has a beginning, has an END"

  • on March 26, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    Selectors n media wants to send him home.....but the reality is .. Ausiz do not have the rt replacement.....neither clarke nor White are near to Pontings brilliance.. Hussey is getting older n older...seems dat selectors have to go with Punter again..

  • on March 26, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    Ponter is the best..he shud keep playing..

  • on March 26, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    Ponting is the great captain as Aussies ever produced....but this is the time for resign his captaincy...but cricket need him as a player

  • WTEH on March 26, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    It is better to quit when they ask "why do you quit?" than "when do you quit?" Man you achieved a lot. But cannot stay forever young.

  • PebbleBay on March 26, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    Ponting should not be treated with so much criticism! His contribution to Australian cricket is insurmountable! Yes he may have "conceded the urn three times in over a century" but he is also the only Australian captain to win two World Cups in a row! Everything has highs and lows...and all good things must come to an end! Australia has been a true champion the past decade and it wouldn't be wrong to say that they have "dominated" every team in the international arena under Ponting's leadership the past decade. Their dominion may be approaching an end, but that doesn't mean you treat Ponting like dirt! Australia have a lot to thank Ponting for! The selectors can revoke Ponting's captainship but it would be a grave error and extremely unfair if they remove Ponting from the team! Ponting is perhaps one of the best batsman Australia has ever produced and his experience is a great asset for the team! Australia definitely has the potential to bounce back and regain their dominion!

  • on March 26, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    THe urn finally had to go away.. well done Asia

  • tapooori on March 26, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Frankly speaking replacing Ponting as captain and/or as a batsman does not seem to be a wise decision and probably will not solve the problem on an immediate basis. A veteran of 39 test centuries scored more centuries for Australia than the combined total of remaining 14 players. Being Australia's most consistent run scorer if compared with batsman that Australia produced in the past 50 years, in both formats, probably deserves more respect from the selectors and the nation. Let it be him calling the day...... and I am sure the day is probably not far away.

  • on March 26, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    Australia still needs Ricky Ponting,he is one of two great players of last generation left in aussie side,another one is Lee.

  • on March 26, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    salute his captainship a great leader but it is time of indian team chakde india

  • on March 26, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    Appreciate Pontings century against india. He is a great player with 200% skills in batting. Great talk about his future.

  • on March 26, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    ponting has shown his character and mental strength in this game , may be his good days are gone but he always be remembered as the gem of cricket . @pointing -: game is not yet over. @INDIA -: congratulation & make us more proud ,beat Pakistan

  • ajayrcs on March 26, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    Its not punter fault. Its the bowler who should be punished. Well great news for ICC Sri lanka , Pak , India almost in semi final (great amount of audiences).

  • catchy_nick on March 26, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    As much as I hate ponting he's one the 5 best batsman to ever play cricket. if I was a selector I wouldn't sack him but I would get a new captain. He can help his team with his experience, get some runs, groom the new captain and possibly leave on a high.

  • on March 26, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    Honest thoughts; for the first time "arrogance" is missing. I hope the selectors keep Ponting for couple more years; Pup is still medium-rare.

  • desibat on March 26, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    Ponting is more instinctive than a level headed leader. His spontaneity and aggression worked in the past because there were guys who required that aggressive approach to charge them and would back his instinctive leadership. The current team is second grade, Ponting should have led more like Vettori, with calmness, pragmatism and cleverness. Some of the guys he brought to the sub-continent like Camron White do not even deserve to play club cricket. If he had done a Jaywardena a couple of years back and played as a batsman, Australia would not have to go back, such is his exceptional talent. It would have changed opinion of lot of us a about who is better - Sachin or Ponting. But now SRT is light years ahead. Can't imagine someone who bats at number 3 and so talented took 16 months to score a century. I am not a big fan of him but feel sorry for him and for the rest of the cricket lovers who probably missed out numerous great innings because he continued as Aussie captain. Sorry Mate!

  • swaroopjammula on March 26, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    ponting's era has ended...fitting end to gr8 player...

  • alsrikanth on March 26, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    ricky should continue play like sachin, playing limited matches and test cricket. he is one the greats and he shouldnt retire because australia lost

  • on March 26, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    Its time for the world's most undeserving best to step aside!! FOR the GOOD of CRICKET!! No one ever needed and will need Ponting in future!!

  • Aussie_Mike on March 26, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    Ponting and Buchanan share the same story.....

  • on March 26, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    Ricky...Play and lead the aussies team.....The more you play and lead the team, the more worse it becomes....that is what we required....

  • on March 26, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    No reaction is extreme enough to be described as "knee-jerks". It's time for a total squad overhaul with a new captain at the helm and almost a complete set of new players. Australia remains full of talent, but unfortunately Ponting can do naught but hold that talent back from this point on.

  • on March 26, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    No matter what happens..he will always remain the best captain ever in the history of World Cricket !! His captaincy records are tremendous. No other captain have been this successful. Ponting rocks ! But the recent year was quite rough for him.

  • cricketlovee on March 26, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    Continued :::::::: Australia cannot leave their legacy of playing punter by not having him as a captain...he has a secret desire of reaching tendulkar records... In australian cricket we give more importance to team win and dominance rather than personal records..... If selectors really wants to dominate world cricket...they need to bring youth in to the squad and re-build this austrian side..Tait should concentrate on line and lengh rather than pace..he was all over the place...

  • cricketlovee on March 26, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    I am a huge fan of punter but it was a selfish innings by him...... yes the wicket was slow but even with sharne warne and Mcgrath,Australia would not have defended 260 against the full strength of Indian batting line up in India.....Ponting tried to build his innings just like tendulkar and on reaching close to hundred took his chance against part timer yuvraj sing....he seems to be coping tendulkar shots for quite a some time now and how tendulkar build his innings....if he bats like that australia will loose often when he gets 100........ all my friends knew the way he batted Australia will loose..... Even after his hundred i feel he should retire from one day... there is no way he will be allowed to lead australian side in next world cup or in next Ashes...If Cricket Australia wants him to play he must stay as a captain of test side but either bat at number 4 like tendulkar or at a slot of Steve waugh....

  • kashishcricketexpert on March 26, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    hmmm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • rahulkmc on March 26, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    Ponting might not be the most loved/liked crickters around the world but I am pretty sure, we don't want to see him exit. He is an exciting batsman and fielder and brings a lot to the table. And he is spot on in saying that a knee-jerk reaction in response to poor shows is the last thing Australian cricket needs. I hope the selectors make atleast one right call on this one. Good luck Punter - this from an Indian, cricket fan, not Punter fan!

  • dineshdutt on March 26, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    Ponting should play for some more time.... He brings the competition in the game, a true champion.....

  • ABRULES on March 26, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Ponting is a big match player, He played really well against India and he did everything to defy the Indian attack. But a lone person can't win you a match every time. In my view he should be the captain.He is the best person to guide the young OZ. Something has to be done to secure the future of this team.I just can't understand what is going on in the team. They need Quality line up and the most important thing a 'QUALITY SPINER'.I think Australians are now history

  • on March 26, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    Ponting stays or not, australia isnt a gud side anymore

  • backwardpoint on March 26, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    I hope Punter continues for a few more years. There is skill and runs left in the old dog, yet as Peter Roebuck succinctly put it.

  • on March 26, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    Exactly! Great Ponting is absolutely right. Young players can be nurtured with senior players around them. I don't expect CA to make wholesome changes and play completely inexperienced team. Seniors should be there to nurture them and bring some balance in the side.That's the correct way to go. For Bangladesh tour, Shane Watson , Brad Haddin and possibly Johnson should be rested as they have been playing too much cricket. Bring in Timothy Paine, Hastings, Doherty, Callum Ferguson and a couple of debutants possibly

  • vipinchaudhary2325 on March 26, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    I think Ponting should retire from ODI... and keep playing Test till next Ashes..... He is 36 yrs old now... and next World Cup is in 2014... means ponting will be around 39-40... dat means he will not be able to play dat World cup... so he must gave his ODI place to any talented new player.. and should concentrate on Tests

  • on March 26, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    Ponting should continue his cricket as well as leadership of team.

  • Something_Witty on March 26, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    If Punter is back in form, keep him in the side as a BATSMAN ONLY. He has a lot of experience and a wonderful record and could really help guide the team for the next year or two. I think the best option (if he continues to make runs) is for him to drop down to 5 or 6 and hand the captaincy to Clarke. Pup will make a good captain and Punter's presence in the middle order would take the pressure off him and the rest of the batsmen.

  • HawK89 on March 26, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    It was the team that let him down, so why should he have to step aside? it should be clarke, white and tait that should be dropped for not stepping up. A struggling ponting did all he can with the bat to get them a respectable total and people think he should get that axe...

  • on March 26, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    Common Aussies - Ponter did his best.. got you TWO WorldCups.. dont say there were greats and that helped him doing so. his effort was also there...

    And you Aussies how come you expect winning all the WorldCups - Do you think other teams are just coming here for letting you WIN. PONTER fort hard but quarterfinal was not the day for you guys.. so you lost...

    As per my openion PONTER should lead Aus and retire with PRIDE......

    BTW I am and INDIAN and I think we gonna go to FINAL SOON :D

  • sattar123 on March 26, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    I must say, Ricky Ponting thinking more about himeself for record.

    This is a good time for him to resign and give chance to young australian to prove thier talent

  • on March 26, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    very sad......but it is begining of end

  • on March 26, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    He's right. A knee-jerk reaction is fraught with danger. There is real dearth of quality batsman in the younger crop. Plus they need at least one quality spinner. I don't see anybody filling the shoes of Warne in the immediate future.

  • Sprewell on March 26, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    It is probably best Ponting is replaced as captain sooner rather than later. Having said that, i dont think he should retire, he should attempt to emulate Tendulkar post Indian captaincy for a couple of years. He is one of Australia's greatest batsman and leaders. However the sun is certainly setting on his magnificent career and he does seem to be fully aware of it.

  • k.mithilesh on March 26, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    Ricky you are a legend. You always will be. A true gladiator. Thank you for all the joy you have given and the sorrows.

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  • k.mithilesh on March 26, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    Ricky you are a legend. You always will be. A true gladiator. Thank you for all the joy you have given and the sorrows.

  • Sprewell on March 26, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    It is probably best Ponting is replaced as captain sooner rather than later. Having said that, i dont think he should retire, he should attempt to emulate Tendulkar post Indian captaincy for a couple of years. He is one of Australia's greatest batsman and leaders. However the sun is certainly setting on his magnificent career and he does seem to be fully aware of it.

  • on March 26, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    He's right. A knee-jerk reaction is fraught with danger. There is real dearth of quality batsman in the younger crop. Plus they need at least one quality spinner. I don't see anybody filling the shoes of Warne in the immediate future.

  • on March 26, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    very sad......but it is begining of end

  • sattar123 on March 26, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    I must say, Ricky Ponting thinking more about himeself for record.

    This is a good time for him to resign and give chance to young australian to prove thier talent

  • on March 26, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    Common Aussies - Ponter did his best.. got you TWO WorldCups.. dont say there were greats and that helped him doing so. his effort was also there...

    And you Aussies how come you expect winning all the WorldCups - Do you think other teams are just coming here for letting you WIN. PONTER fort hard but quarterfinal was not the day for you guys.. so you lost...

    As per my openion PONTER should lead Aus and retire with PRIDE......

    BTW I am and INDIAN and I think we gonna go to FINAL SOON :D

  • HawK89 on March 26, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    It was the team that let him down, so why should he have to step aside? it should be clarke, white and tait that should be dropped for not stepping up. A struggling ponting did all he can with the bat to get them a respectable total and people think he should get that axe...

  • Something_Witty on March 26, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    If Punter is back in form, keep him in the side as a BATSMAN ONLY. He has a lot of experience and a wonderful record and could really help guide the team for the next year or two. I think the best option (if he continues to make runs) is for him to drop down to 5 or 6 and hand the captaincy to Clarke. Pup will make a good captain and Punter's presence in the middle order would take the pressure off him and the rest of the batsmen.

  • on March 26, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    Ponting should continue his cricket as well as leadership of team.

  • vipinchaudhary2325 on March 26, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    I think Ponting should retire from ODI... and keep playing Test till next Ashes..... He is 36 yrs old now... and next World Cup is in 2014... means ponting will be around 39-40... dat means he will not be able to play dat World cup... so he must gave his ODI place to any talented new player.. and should concentrate on Tests