Australia news February 21, 2012

Ashes or bust for Ponting

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Ricky Ponting is not afraid of failing in his attempt to go to England for a final tilt at the Ashes in 2013, and has made it clear that he will go on playing Test cricket for Australia for as long as he possibly can.

A summary dismissal from the ODI team has provided Ponting, 37, with the sharp reminder that he will have to perform or perish. But he gave every indication he would go on in Test cricket for as long as possible, even if it meant the end may come in similar circumstances to those Ponting found himself in at the SCG, answering questions the day after the national selector John Inverarity's phone call.

"I've always been of the belief that I don't mind people trying things and failing. That's the way I'm looking at it as well," Ponting said. "I tried my best over the last five games to be the best player I could be and to win games of cricket for Australia, unfortunately I couldn't do that and I failed, and I've been dropped from the one-day side.

"To tell the honest truth I didn't really see this coming either, I had no communication from the selectors that it might've happened through this series, but it's my job as an international batsman to score runs and I haven't done that in the last few games.

"Only if it ends badly [can I be too proud], but I'm backing myself to finish the game and finish my career on a high, I don't want to finish on a low, and I'll make the right decision at the right time, there's no doubt about that.

"It'd be great to get back to the Ashes. If I'm a good enough player to do that then it'd be great to go back there one more time and hopefully have a few better memories of England than what I've had the last couple of tours. Everybody is [after redemption], as far as Ashes cricket is concerned."

Ponting faced his first day as a Test-match-only concern with typical frankness and a level outlook. He said he had not considered retirement from the game upon losing his ODI place, but had pondered how he might manage his time now that he will not have the benefit of limited-overs series to keep him sharp between Test assignments.

There is the chance that fewer international matches will keep Ponting fresher and more focused for those he does play, leaving him more time to spend with a young family, while also helping to mentor the next generation in the Sheffield Shield.

"It could do that [prolong my Test career], there's two ways you can look at that," Ponting said. "Am I better off having momentum behind me with playing more cricket, and scoring runs on a consistent basis, or am I better off getting away for a long period of time, freshening up, training hard, getting my game in good shape and playing.

"I won't know that until the start of next summer if I make it that far. I won't have a long break now as I have a couple of Shield games to play, there'll be a week after the Shield final, hopefully Tasmania can make the Shield final then I'll have a week at home, then the West Indies and we're straight into a tour game and Test matches there. Post-West Indies when there's a big break between then and November, that'll be a test of how I manage my time.

"The thing I thought about most yesterday was how I was going to manage my time and to be well prepared to play every Test match that I play for the remainder of my career. Obviously now with no more one day international cricket that becomes a little bit more difficult for me, but there are other players around Australia at the moment that play Test match cricket only. I've seen it in the past with Steve Waugh, Mark Taylor, David Boon and those guys when they retired from one day cricket, they managed to play Test match cricket only and play it well."

Though he had not been told explicitly by Inverarity that he was close to being dropped ahead of the event, Ponting said he bore no ill will towards the selectors for how they had handled his ODI exit, and praised the panel for its approach this summer.

"I think the selectors are doing a great job around the team at the moment," Ponting said. "They've brought in some younger, fresher faces which I think was needed. They've had the courage I guess to try some of those guys who might not necessarily have been the best performed players around state cricket as well. As far as selection is concerned, the players are always their only selector. If you're a batsman and you're scoring runs you're going to be in the side, if you're not scoring runs then you're a chance to be left out."

As the only man to have played in more than 100 Test match victories, Ponting's thirst for such moments is unrivalled. He will now spend time in Shield cricket before the West Indies tour, adding to the Tasmanian dressing room what has just been lost to Australia's.

"I've done my best to make sure that every young player that comes into the team has a great understanding of what it means to play cricket for Australia and what levels they have to get to physically and mentally to be good international players," Ponting said. "I think a few of the guys we had come into the set-up in the one day series this year were quite shocked and surprised about how hard we work around the team and how fit you need to be to be a part of the Australian side. Now I'm not there, some of the more experienced guys have got to start passing those traditions down to the younger blokes.

"I've always been a traditionalist, I've loved every opportunity I've had to play cricket for Australia, whether it be one day cricket, Twenty20 or Test cricket. All I've got left is Test cricket and I want to make every post a winner with that, and make sure that every time I have a chance to play for Australia I'm the best prepared I can be and I enjoy every moment."

Edited by Brydon Coverdale

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • RandyOZ on February 24, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Ponting is second only to Bradman in terms of the greatest batsmen of all time, and come the next Ashes series the United XI popgun attack will be belted to all parts by the might of Punter.

  • alonetiger on February 23, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    ponting is still v best in all format but he should see his own respect now and should get retire him self b4 the selectors kick him out of the side again...the best example to see that when should a player get retire is the retirement of the great steve waugh..who left the game when he made the side on v top and his own valvue and performance in the team was also v high

  • Pete_AU on February 23, 2012, 1:55 GMT

    @zenboomerang: I probably didn't quite make myself completely clear, however I think the gap that the Aussies will experience after the Windies tour is longer than those experienced most recently.

    However, what I should have mentioned is in the 'hectic schedule' I included the IPL, which players appear to be more interested in (understandably when you see the $$$) than county cricket, which years ago used to be the way international players would top up their coffers.

    As for the one overseas player per team thing, it is really up to the poms. However I would suggest that any county which didnt want a player with 13200 runs under their belt in preference to most other international players would have to be kidding themselves.

    I really hope someone taps Ricky (seeing as he wont read this :)) on the shoulder and suggests County cricket as a way of achieving his aims. It should at least be in his mind, I think.

  • Rooboy on February 23, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    Never write off champions. Botham wrote off a team of champions before 2006 as being 'dad's army', and we all remember how that turned out. Well, the Australian fans remember, anyway. @Mitcher - good points but there is no point talking to english fans about that, they don't realise cricket existed prior to 2005.

  • on February 22, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    @vilageblacksmith oh, so how did the English batting go against 5th ranked Pakistan? Punter averaged nearly 100 in the latest series. Are you afraid of losing the No.1 crown after a whole year (jeez thats a long stint at the top)...

  • yquestion on February 22, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    Pete_AU hit the nail on the head, Ponting should focus on county contract to keep fresh over the Aus winter. If he has a 50+ avg in English county it will help. As an Aussie living in the UK, I play/coach at decent club level in England & have watched (live)dozens of Aus v Eng ODI/T20/Tests in both Eng & Aus. From grass roots level right up to International level, current Australian players REALLY struggle in English conditions. 2009- classic example of poor footwork from Ponting/Hussey/Warner/Clarke & frustrating to watch the likes of B.Lee & Co. bowling FAR too short on slower english pitches. (See Y.tube on 2009 T20 WC @ The Oval vs WI for classic example of what NOT to do). Compare the style of Aus today vs 1993 Aus Ashes team (Watch Y.tube again) & see how Slater/Waugh's/Border handled things & how Merv Hughes bowled, which was alot more uppish length (Like the success Siddle/Hilfenhaus are working today). Current Aus players would benefit from county exp. =win the ashes IMHO

  • godimbored on February 22, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Large degree of selfishness and self-delusion going on here, I think. He was found out in Australian conditions in the last Ashes, and the only way is down from here. But if he wants to try for four Ashes defeats out of five, then who are we to stop him?

  • tomhedley on February 22, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    @jonesy2, You always have a balanced view!!!!

  • Aussasinator on February 22, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    A classy batsman who falls a notch below greatness due to his innumerable weaknesses against top notch bowling. Plus a lousy captain of course. He'll never be a unanimous great.

  • sachin_vvsfan on February 22, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    I am not sure the selectors will be kind enough to let him go to ENG. WI bowlers will surely exploit his recent weakness of covering his wickets and getting out LBW which our pathetic bowling could not do. What ever happens i want to see him finish on high note. Good Luck.

  • RandyOZ on February 24, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Ponting is second only to Bradman in terms of the greatest batsmen of all time, and come the next Ashes series the United XI popgun attack will be belted to all parts by the might of Punter.

  • alonetiger on February 23, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    ponting is still v best in all format but he should see his own respect now and should get retire him self b4 the selectors kick him out of the side again...the best example to see that when should a player get retire is the retirement of the great steve waugh..who left the game when he made the side on v top and his own valvue and performance in the team was also v high

  • Pete_AU on February 23, 2012, 1:55 GMT

    @zenboomerang: I probably didn't quite make myself completely clear, however I think the gap that the Aussies will experience after the Windies tour is longer than those experienced most recently.

    However, what I should have mentioned is in the 'hectic schedule' I included the IPL, which players appear to be more interested in (understandably when you see the $$$) than county cricket, which years ago used to be the way international players would top up their coffers.

    As for the one overseas player per team thing, it is really up to the poms. However I would suggest that any county which didnt want a player with 13200 runs under their belt in preference to most other international players would have to be kidding themselves.

    I really hope someone taps Ricky (seeing as he wont read this :)) on the shoulder and suggests County cricket as a way of achieving his aims. It should at least be in his mind, I think.

  • Rooboy on February 23, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    Never write off champions. Botham wrote off a team of champions before 2006 as being 'dad's army', and we all remember how that turned out. Well, the Australian fans remember, anyway. @Mitcher - good points but there is no point talking to english fans about that, they don't realise cricket existed prior to 2005.

  • on February 22, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    @vilageblacksmith oh, so how did the English batting go against 5th ranked Pakistan? Punter averaged nearly 100 in the latest series. Are you afraid of losing the No.1 crown after a whole year (jeez thats a long stint at the top)...

  • yquestion on February 22, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    Pete_AU hit the nail on the head, Ponting should focus on county contract to keep fresh over the Aus winter. If he has a 50+ avg in English county it will help. As an Aussie living in the UK, I play/coach at decent club level in England & have watched (live)dozens of Aus v Eng ODI/T20/Tests in both Eng & Aus. From grass roots level right up to International level, current Australian players REALLY struggle in English conditions. 2009- classic example of poor footwork from Ponting/Hussey/Warner/Clarke & frustrating to watch the likes of B.Lee & Co. bowling FAR too short on slower english pitches. (See Y.tube on 2009 T20 WC @ The Oval vs WI for classic example of what NOT to do). Compare the style of Aus today vs 1993 Aus Ashes team (Watch Y.tube again) & see how Slater/Waugh's/Border handled things & how Merv Hughes bowled, which was alot more uppish length (Like the success Siddle/Hilfenhaus are working today). Current Aus players would benefit from county exp. =win the ashes IMHO

  • godimbored on February 22, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Large degree of selfishness and self-delusion going on here, I think. He was found out in Australian conditions in the last Ashes, and the only way is down from here. But if he wants to try for four Ashes defeats out of five, then who are we to stop him?

  • tomhedley on February 22, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    @jonesy2, You always have a balanced view!!!!

  • Aussasinator on February 22, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    A classy batsman who falls a notch below greatness due to his innumerable weaknesses against top notch bowling. Plus a lousy captain of course. He'll never be a unanimous great.

  • sachin_vvsfan on February 22, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    I am not sure the selectors will be kind enough to let him go to ENG. WI bowlers will surely exploit his recent weakness of covering his wickets and getting out LBW which our pathetic bowling could not do. What ever happens i want to see him finish on high note. Good Luck.

  • zenboomerang on February 22, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    A serious worry that Ponting says that he is mentally run down after the 4 Test series (Haddin said the same sort of thing)... A series that never went the full 5 days & a couple of innings defeats - there was a lot of rest for batters & bowlers... Surely he should have been peaking in his batting coming into the ODI's... Even worse was his comment "To tell the honest truth I didn't really see this coming either, I had no communication from the selectors" - Ponting doesn't see 5 failures in a row as not obvious, & why should the selectors say you are being dropped before he has a chance to prove himself... Seems to be very dillusional about his value to the team as a batsman...

  • zenboomerang on February 22, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    @Pete_AU :- "the hectic schedule which means players no longer do county stints"... What hectic schedule?... WI series in Mar/Apr... Some ODI's in Eng... T20 WC in Sept... Many Oz cricketers try to play county when they can - Phil Hughes this year... Only 1 international can play for a county team (unless you are from SA) which seems prejudiced to me...

  • jonesy2 on February 22, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    if he can get to england which he should be able to do, then he will get his ashes back. i cant see australia losing a test series or match for that matter, for a long long time

  • Pathiyal on February 22, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    it will be great if ricky ponting is there next year for the ashes. forget the ODIs. appreciate the way in which the OZ board and the media handled his ODI retirement issue.

  • sportofpain on February 22, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    Well played Ricky. It was painful to watch you decimate India in the 2003 WC Final but your skill really shone through. 8 years later, in the WC QF against India, you scored another 100 - this time your determination shone through. You had it all. You did it your way. Much respect!

  • TrevorHickman on February 22, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    Fantastic news! Make Ricky captain for the 2013 tour then he can lose the ashes 4 times! Yes he was once a decent bat (and a poor sportsman) but that was 6 years ago. He should have gone gracefully with McGrath, Langer and Warne.

  • DrAgonEdd1e on February 22, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    bad luck mate, easily the best captain of any nation over the last few decades.

  • grimes23 on February 22, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    ponting is simply a legend, no other eway to put it, he just come off a top test series against india and i hope he kicks on would hate to see him go out on a low. .

  • anver777 on February 22, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    A really disappointing end in ODI career for Punter & hope to see a better ending to his test career at least !!!!!

  • farkin on February 22, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    to much i and not enough team , shows he is not thinking of the team

  • Rahulbose on February 22, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    Watch my cricket heros retire one by one. Cricket will not be worth watching soon.

  • Sarthik on February 22, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    A Legend for the game... Surprising that you didn't have this attitude during your prime period. "Winning at ANY cost" was/is the motto of the Aussie team and that's why we come across as arrogant and bullies but neverthless take those bad things away and our punter is a true champion. You have nothing else to prove.. Welldone champ.

  • on February 22, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    I think no-one should write-off Punter even from ODIs just because he has been dropped...soon Aussies will need his guidance, I think both He and Mike should be rotated wisely as otherwise it would leave a very inexperienced batting line-up

  • VillageBlacksmith on February 22, 2012, 1:40 GMT

    hi mitcher, joking aside, yes the aussies have an impressive record, (but also lost when they were No1) but looking back is not the answer, that was the point of the Argus report? Waugh and Taylor were pushed when they were batting better than ponting is right now, and is he really in the currnet top 6 batters in the country? Prob not, and prob not next ashes. Apart from Hussey (also old!) and Clark who is?

  • dunger.bob on February 22, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    @ Behind_the_bowlers_arm : I admire his attitude as well. .. there is more shame in not trying than failing. .. many on here don't seem to get that. ... realistically I think his chances of making it to the next Ashes are pretty slim but if he does get there he will have earned his place. .. he won't be there for sentimental reasons - that seems pretty clear. .... personally I'd love to see him play his way into one last crack at the Ashes. A flawless Ponting century to seal the series for the good guys. .. ah well, its good to have a dream.

  • on February 22, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    Ponting says "I tried my best over the last five games to be the best player I could be and to win games of cricket for Australia, unfortunately I couldn't do that and I failed, and I've been dropped from the one-day side". He also states "It'd be great to get back to the Ashes. If I'm a good enough player to do that then it'd be great to go back there one more time and hopefully have a few better memories of England than what I've had the last couple of tours." Dravid, Laxman, Sachin and other great players from the sub continent..are you listening to the man?

  • Nerk on February 22, 2012, 0:07 GMT

    @golax - The selectors asked Ponting to retire and Ponting refused. So they had to do it themselves. Hopefully Ponting can continue his development over the last Australian season, where he played a good part during the summer. May this form continue.

  • Pete_AU on February 22, 2012, 0:05 GMT

    I really hope Punter can do this. I think he deserves to finish his test career on a high. One way he could really cement his position for Ashes 2013 is by getting a county contract and really embedding himself in English conditions for a season or two. It won't interfere with the IPL as he has no interest in 20/20 and I'm sure a major county team would love to have him on board. That is one thing which has led to Australia's demise in England - the hectic schedule which means players no longer do county stints.

  • SnowSnake on February 21, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    I think Ponting still believes in Santa Claus. If he does not retire in the next test series in WI, he will be fired from the test cricket as well. How many hints does he need? When he was asked to retire from ODI, he was subtly told to retire gracefully immediately or in the next series. If not, he is a goner.

  • Mary_786 on February 21, 2012, 23:50 GMT

    Very dissapointing to see that Punter and Hussey will hang around till the ashes. At 38 we will have a repeat of what's happening to the indian greats and our batting won't stand up in the 2013 ashes, Anderson, Broad, Tremlett will be very happy that Ponting and Hussey are in the team at 38. This would have been an ideal time to get more youngsters in such as Khawaja and Forest.

  • Mikecricket on February 21, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    Come on Punter he can do it! Needs to find some form as well.

  • Hamshank on February 21, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    This has been Pontings plan all a long !!

    Beating England is what he wants because they've been a thorn in his side since 2005.

  • golax on February 21, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    Irrespective of how bad his form was, I don't think Ricky deserved to go out like this. It would have been nice if the decision was communicated to him and he announced his retirement instead. The bloke has done a lot for the Aussie team and for cricket in general, that he not receive a formal goodbye. I just hope he plays well in Tests and we get to see him play the Ashes.

  • Nounboy on February 21, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    A great Test batsman; one of Australia's finest. But a pretty ordinary Test captain. Less than ordinary Ashes captain. Completely out-thought by Vaughan and Strauss.

    I wish him luck as a batsman. But I think his age will tell if he plays in the next Ashes.

  • Mitcher on February 21, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    @ VillageBlacksmith: up and about after one (disgraceful) series as the number one side you English fans. Punter has still had more ashes victories than England have in the Past 2 decades. Come back to the table when you've done 8 straight ashes series and 15 yrs at number 1.

  • Trickstar on February 21, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    From a England point of view, yes please, I'd love to see him playing over here, easy cheap wicket.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on February 21, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    i would really love to see ponting scoring heavily the english , but given the looks of things its going to be mighty difficult... especially with the quality of english attack and the fact that its going to be their home conditions. lets hope ponting proves his doubters wrong..

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on February 21, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Some players say they have lost the hunger or the desire so they go. If like in the case of Ponting he still has it and wants to keep going then he is perfectly entitled to put his hand up and keep going. At that point it is up to the selectors to pick the team and make a call. And i'm sure if that happened with the Test team that Ponting would take it in the same manner as the ODI decision. I actually admire his courage in saying he is prepared to fail but wants to give his all. The easy decision would be to put his feet up and take the applause.

  • Kaze on February 21, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    @jmcilhinney Ponting has nothing more to achieve he has everything in his career if he gets dropped in Tests it won't depreciate anything he has achieved. I think he should play till he is 40 as long as he is scoring. The younger players coming through will benefit from him a lot.

  • ajayrcs on February 21, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    I am with you rahulcricket007. All those non Indian advising Sachin to retire please stop that If we are ruining our cricket let it be Sachin wil plays on and on as much as he wants. And Indian bro's PLEASE RESPECT SUCH LEGEND AND OUR CULTURE OF RESPECTING THE ELDERS (HERE EXPERIENCED)

  • venbas on February 21, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Gee - Wish I was reading about sachin in this way instead of Ponting!!!

  • on February 21, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    yes he is the world best .....i think leaving ODI is not good decision he...should rest for some games then carry on playing ODI and Tests till 2014 ashes....he is only experienced member in team so he should carry on

  • rahulcricket007 on February 21, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    FIRST MY FAVOURTIE GANGULY GOES , NOW RICKY AFTER THEN SACHIN WILL GO . I WILL STOP WATCHING CRICKET AFTER THIS.

  • VillageBlacksmith on February 21, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    hey jonesey2! england really had to watch out last ashes didn't they, and I'm sure they will be really watching out next time... esp in the slips!!! England hopes he plays just as much as u do mate!!! And no doubt so do Sth Africa... Can't wait... BTW who are the openers going to be before the walking wicket??

  • jonesy2 on February 21, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    this champion can do whatever the hell he wants. watch out south africa and then england, is all i can say.

  • on February 21, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    Go on punter start playing the IPL. Pune will surely sign you up!! that'll give ya a good time pass and if ya do well then u might even win ur place back in the ODI squad :)

  • on February 21, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    As a supporter of the Proteas I am sad to see Ricky goes. He had been a thorn in our flesh for a long time. We would rather not play test cricket later in 2012against Aus with him in the Aussie team simply because he always reserved his best for SA. So Ricky,please retire from test cricket. You have caused us enough harm already over the years. I cannot give you higher praise than that.

  • jmcilhinney on February 21, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    What happens if Ponting makes it to the next Ashes, plays the first couple of games and doesn't perform? Getting dropped in the middle of a potentially unsuccessful Ashes series would surely be the ultimate ignominy for such a fine player. I'm sure he feels the failure of the last two Ashes series and wants to go out on the high of regaining the urn, but he risks going out on an even greater low. It's his risk to take though, I suppose.

  • Blakey on February 21, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Well played! Both this interview and your time with Australia.

  • pattanbd on February 21, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    This gives Hussey a lifeline.

  • AB99 on February 21, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    Ricky Ponting should retire from all cricket and salvage his pride. He skippered Australia when Warne, Langer, McGrath, Gilchrist, etc were given great send-offs and he shd emulate it.

  • timtom on February 21, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    True PONTING ...Keep going ...ALL teams will wish you play them as long as you can as they wud be happy with your scores except a certain INDIA... By the time the chips are really down it wud be next series against India...the cycle will continue...

  • othello22 on February 21, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    I guess we're about to find out whether or not the Indian summer was just a false dawn, but he needs to be really careful here - A couple of poor scores and he is a shot duck. I'm hoping he doesn't expect the West Indies to try and bounce him out like India did either, that strategy is very outdated now and India just fed his strengths by doing it. I assume WI would have noticed his sudden tendency to fall over his stumps at the fuller, straighter ones and so their quicks will likely be peppering him with in-swinging yorkers. He needs to acknowledge that and figure out how to counter it or he won't even make it to the next Australia summer, let alone England 2013.

  • Meety on February 21, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    Some may say being dropped (rightly or wrongly) is a inglorious footnote to his career, but I think he (from the couple of interviews I've seen & read), think he has handled himself with aplomb. I have my fingers crossed that spending time with his young family will re-energise him for the period ahead. Oz have tons of young batsmen coming through, they are currently battling against by & large excellent domestic bowling stocks, not many easy runs to be scored, & I think they need an extra 12 mths to mature. This also includes players who have recently played test cricket & have been dropped - Marsh, Khawaja, Smith & Hughes. Ponting's role ATM, IMO, is not to just step aside & let someone else have a turn, it is to force the younger batsmen to snatch his position from his gnarled hands! Give em heaps Punter!

  • dmudge on February 21, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    Hats off, Ricky Ponting. What an awesome attitude.

  • Nev_19 on February 21, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    Ponting, I was never a fan of yours because of arrogance until recent years. Nonetheless, I am saddened to see you go. You're a champion & significantly contributed to the heights that Australian & World cricket reached - thru yr batting & leadership. I wish the Selectors would have been tad more forthcoming with you. I hope there are more moments (for you) in the sun before you hang up your boots.

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  • Nev_19 on February 21, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    Ponting, I was never a fan of yours because of arrogance until recent years. Nonetheless, I am saddened to see you go. You're a champion & significantly contributed to the heights that Australian & World cricket reached - thru yr batting & leadership. I wish the Selectors would have been tad more forthcoming with you. I hope there are more moments (for you) in the sun before you hang up your boots.

  • dmudge on February 21, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    Hats off, Ricky Ponting. What an awesome attitude.

  • Meety on February 21, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    Some may say being dropped (rightly or wrongly) is a inglorious footnote to his career, but I think he (from the couple of interviews I've seen & read), think he has handled himself with aplomb. I have my fingers crossed that spending time with his young family will re-energise him for the period ahead. Oz have tons of young batsmen coming through, they are currently battling against by & large excellent domestic bowling stocks, not many easy runs to be scored, & I think they need an extra 12 mths to mature. This also includes players who have recently played test cricket & have been dropped - Marsh, Khawaja, Smith & Hughes. Ponting's role ATM, IMO, is not to just step aside & let someone else have a turn, it is to force the younger batsmen to snatch his position from his gnarled hands! Give em heaps Punter!

  • othello22 on February 21, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    I guess we're about to find out whether or not the Indian summer was just a false dawn, but he needs to be really careful here - A couple of poor scores and he is a shot duck. I'm hoping he doesn't expect the West Indies to try and bounce him out like India did either, that strategy is very outdated now and India just fed his strengths by doing it. I assume WI would have noticed his sudden tendency to fall over his stumps at the fuller, straighter ones and so their quicks will likely be peppering him with in-swinging yorkers. He needs to acknowledge that and figure out how to counter it or he won't even make it to the next Australia summer, let alone England 2013.

  • timtom on February 21, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    True PONTING ...Keep going ...ALL teams will wish you play them as long as you can as they wud be happy with your scores except a certain INDIA... By the time the chips are really down it wud be next series against India...the cycle will continue...

  • AB99 on February 21, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    Ricky Ponting should retire from all cricket and salvage his pride. He skippered Australia when Warne, Langer, McGrath, Gilchrist, etc were given great send-offs and he shd emulate it.

  • pattanbd on February 21, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    This gives Hussey a lifeline.

  • Blakey on February 21, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Well played! Both this interview and your time with Australia.

  • jmcilhinney on February 21, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    What happens if Ponting makes it to the next Ashes, plays the first couple of games and doesn't perform? Getting dropped in the middle of a potentially unsuccessful Ashes series would surely be the ultimate ignominy for such a fine player. I'm sure he feels the failure of the last two Ashes series and wants to go out on the high of regaining the urn, but he risks going out on an even greater low. It's his risk to take though, I suppose.

  • on February 21, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    As a supporter of the Proteas I am sad to see Ricky goes. He had been a thorn in our flesh for a long time. We would rather not play test cricket later in 2012against Aus with him in the Aussie team simply because he always reserved his best for SA. So Ricky,please retire from test cricket. You have caused us enough harm already over the years. I cannot give you higher praise than that.