Australia news May 1, 2012

Ponting can make 2013 Ashes - Arthur

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Australia coach Mickey Arthur has said Ricky Ponting is "not going anywhere" and remains firmly in Australia's plans for the next Ashes tour of England in just over a year's time. Arthur has returned to Australia after Michael Clarke's men completed a 2-0 Test series win over West Indies, a series in which Ponting made starts and finished with a half-century but was the least prolific scorer of Australia's top seven.

However, Ponting was coming off an outstanding home series against India, in which his 544 runs at 108.80 was second only to Clarke. As a Test-only player, Ponting now has no cricket on his schedule until the domestic summer begins in October, and he must then find his form ahead of home campaigns against South Africa and Sri Lanka ahead of the 2013 Ashes.

"I know there was a lot of media pressure and talk around Ricky [in the West Indies], but Ricky's not going anywhere," Arthur told reporters in Perth on Tuesday. "We hope Ricky's scoring enough runs to go to the Ashes, most certainly, in England. Ricky's still got a lot of Test runs still in him, there's no doubt about that.

"I thought Ricky was very unlucky [in the Caribbean]. He was always bubbling away. His form was always good, so no worries about Ricky Ponting at all. Ricky is definitely no way considering retiring, I wouldn't have thought from my conversations with him and he'll be fit and ready to go against South Africa ... I think if we win the Ashes, then maybe he'll go out on the top of his game."

While Ponting has a decade and a half's worth of Test cricket experience to call on, a less experienced pair will also be aiming to regain their best touch at the start of the home summer. The openers David Warner and Ed Cowan were Australia's fifth and sixth best scorers in the West Indies and each managed only one half-century, but Arthur believes they are on the improve.

"I think Warner and Cowan will get better and better," Arthur said. "Ed Cowan came on through the summer ... he got better and better at playing spin bowling. We want Dave to get more consistent but it's not his style. We certainly don't want Dave to lose his character, because that's what made him special."

Some of the Australians have headed to India to take part in the remainder of the IPL and the limited-overs players have series against England and Pakistan during the off season, followed by the ICC World Twenty20. For others like Ponting and Cowan, a long winter at home has just begun.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • 5wombats on May 4, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    @Geoffrey Anthony Plumridge on (May 04 2012, 11:05 AM GMT) - You're right; @RandyOZ doesn't know anything about cricket. BTW - agree with you about the "Bank" and Mr Ponting in his "dottage". Never mind the global financial crisis - wot about the Australian batting crisis???

  • Hammond on May 4, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Actually looking at it again England have won 8 out of their last 11 test series. How can anyone but argue that this is an excellent run of test victories worthy of a number one test spot.

  • on May 4, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    @RandyOz- I am an Aussie who says that anyone who thinks Ponting is the best since Bradman doesn't know anything about cricket.

  • Hammond on May 4, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    @SpecialSauce- England have had 5 whitewashes over Australia since 1877. And they have one the ashes 3 times out of 4 series since they beat "The Unbreakables" in 2005. And unlike Australia they aren't getting big headed about being the number one test side in the world. They have won 5 of their last 7 test series. "Unwarranted"?- complete tripe.

  • 5wombats on May 4, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    @SpecialSauce on (May 04 2012, 02:46 AM GMT) - as before. Rubbish. Our advice; stick to following india....

  • SpecialSauce on May 4, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    @ 5Wombats...Cheyne Devine point is that in the Grand scheme of things Australia is and always will be a far superior Cricketing nation than England lets also look at the number ofplayers each country has put forth since we started playing test cricket Tremlett who debuted in 07 is #636 Watson who debuted in 05 is 391, so it shows how poor Englands players were and how many more players they had to go through to get to where they are now and wheres that? an unwarranted #1 position that they wont hold for more than a year after SA demoralize their B team And remeber it took Aussie coaches and SA players for you to actually win a series Again the Ashes started in 1877 not 2007 and i dont believe that England have ever had a whitewash victory Australia have had at least 2 that i know of it seems that in most sports if England win one big championship they believe they are the best ever and the sport had no history until that moment

  • hyclass on May 4, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    I'm sure that Arthur is charming, but given his insistence that Marsh was a class player and his push into the Test side, I have little regard for his acumen. There's an obvious lesson in the Marsh saga when looking at Warner and Cowan. Despite 11 seasons of accumulated data on where,how and against whom, Marsh did or didn't perform, it was ignored and he was given an opportunity in place of David Hussey-possibly the best performed player never to play Test Cricket for any country. The main validation was that he had a good technique-the most obtuse reason to ignore performance,yet devised.What is so galling is his utter lack of performance against any but the most mediocre attacks in 1st class cricket on the flattest wickets.Brief spells of form are no substitute for observing performance over time. Following his thoroughly predictable debut hundred against an appalling SL attack,his career followed his usual pattern.Theories are all very well,but men of integrity are needed to run CA

  • Ragav999 on May 3, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    I would be worried about Ricky Ponting as an Aussie fan only when there are no haters left to comment on articles about him. Because it really indicates that he is no longer a force to be concerned about by the opposition team and their fans.

  • RandyOZ on May 3, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    The best since Bradman. The poms here really make you laugh when they try and deny this!

  • Green_and_Gold on May 3, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    It must be beneficial for guys like Warner, Wade, Cowen and a few of the other emerging players to have Ponting in the dressing room. He has the most experience and is one of the hardest working players in the side. Ponting is doing much more for the team than just getting runs on the day.

  • 5wombats on May 4, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    @Geoffrey Anthony Plumridge on (May 04 2012, 11:05 AM GMT) - You're right; @RandyOZ doesn't know anything about cricket. BTW - agree with you about the "Bank" and Mr Ponting in his "dottage". Never mind the global financial crisis - wot about the Australian batting crisis???

  • Hammond on May 4, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Actually looking at it again England have won 8 out of their last 11 test series. How can anyone but argue that this is an excellent run of test victories worthy of a number one test spot.

  • on May 4, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    @RandyOz- I am an Aussie who says that anyone who thinks Ponting is the best since Bradman doesn't know anything about cricket.

  • Hammond on May 4, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    @SpecialSauce- England have had 5 whitewashes over Australia since 1877. And they have one the ashes 3 times out of 4 series since they beat "The Unbreakables" in 2005. And unlike Australia they aren't getting big headed about being the number one test side in the world. They have won 5 of their last 7 test series. "Unwarranted"?- complete tripe.

  • 5wombats on May 4, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    @SpecialSauce on (May 04 2012, 02:46 AM GMT) - as before. Rubbish. Our advice; stick to following india....

  • SpecialSauce on May 4, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    @ 5Wombats...Cheyne Devine point is that in the Grand scheme of things Australia is and always will be a far superior Cricketing nation than England lets also look at the number ofplayers each country has put forth since we started playing test cricket Tremlett who debuted in 07 is #636 Watson who debuted in 05 is 391, so it shows how poor Englands players were and how many more players they had to go through to get to where they are now and wheres that? an unwarranted #1 position that they wont hold for more than a year after SA demoralize their B team And remeber it took Aussie coaches and SA players for you to actually win a series Again the Ashes started in 1877 not 2007 and i dont believe that England have ever had a whitewash victory Australia have had at least 2 that i know of it seems that in most sports if England win one big championship they believe they are the best ever and the sport had no history until that moment

  • hyclass on May 4, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    I'm sure that Arthur is charming, but given his insistence that Marsh was a class player and his push into the Test side, I have little regard for his acumen. There's an obvious lesson in the Marsh saga when looking at Warner and Cowan. Despite 11 seasons of accumulated data on where,how and against whom, Marsh did or didn't perform, it was ignored and he was given an opportunity in place of David Hussey-possibly the best performed player never to play Test Cricket for any country. The main validation was that he had a good technique-the most obtuse reason to ignore performance,yet devised.What is so galling is his utter lack of performance against any but the most mediocre attacks in 1st class cricket on the flattest wickets.Brief spells of form are no substitute for observing performance over time. Following his thoroughly predictable debut hundred against an appalling SL attack,his career followed his usual pattern.Theories are all very well,but men of integrity are needed to run CA

  • Ragav999 on May 3, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    I would be worried about Ricky Ponting as an Aussie fan only when there are no haters left to comment on articles about him. Because it really indicates that he is no longer a force to be concerned about by the opposition team and their fans.

  • RandyOZ on May 3, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    The best since Bradman. The poms here really make you laugh when they try and deny this!

  • Green_and_Gold on May 3, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    It must be beneficial for guys like Warner, Wade, Cowen and a few of the other emerging players to have Ponting in the dressing room. He has the most experience and is one of the hardest working players in the side. Ponting is doing much more for the team than just getting runs on the day.

  • on May 3, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    @MinusZero- The reason why they haven't replaced him is the fact that we have no up and coming batsman with the ability in the longer form of the game. Nothing in the bank. Lots of fast bowlers and "hard hitters" but no-one with any technique or temperament. Look at Hughes and Usman- terrible techniques both of them- Hughes backing away to slash through the off side, Usman choking the bottom of the bat handle for dear life and playing in front of the wicket with the bottom hand- both have been found out. Hodge is probably the player with the finest technique of all Australian batsman and he is too old now. I'm afraid we just don't have the young talent in the bank to replace Ricky- even hard handed walking wicket that he is now in his dottage..

  • MinusZero on May 3, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    Having had only one series over average since late 2009, why are they persisting with him. The whole problem with selections for the australian team has always been that the select based on past performances. They always say he has done it on the past, so lets select him. Why not try something new and pick players on form not sentamentality. He adds nothing to the team now (except an easy wicket). Clarke doesnt need his support anymore.

  • pat_one_back on May 3, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    @5Wombats, cut some slack it wasn't really a News flash, more of an ashes footnote, you know we acknowledge a hard worker, admired by friends & family... Hardly noteworthy in discussion of the great Ricky Ponting. A batsman so successful in England it once took tricky use of subs to run him out!

  • on May 3, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    @Cheyne Devine. That's because England had players who averaged less than 40 or ordinary county players selected for national duty. Now England have the likes 4 South Africans (Strauss, Trott, Pietersen, Prior), 3 of them who scored a century on debut, then the rest is history. Their local stars only include Cook and Bell, plus the bowlers who are always improving. From 1989 to 2007, they used a group of players who were never well equipped to handle Australia. Ponting and Hussey don't really have outstanding records in England. Although Ponting could benefit by playing county cricket.

  • 5wombats on May 2, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    @jplterrors on (May 02 2012, 10:58 AM GMT) - News flash.... Paul Collingwood retired at the end of the 2010/11 Ashes series. Try to keep up.

  • on May 2, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Happy to see a wise coach, definitely we will see Australia regain No. 1 spot sooner than many expected. Ponting indeed was unlucky somewhat in the WI and can no way be judged by the scores only. Most importantly the team won the series 2-0, why the fuss ?

  • 5wombats on May 2, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    @Cheyne Devine on (May 02 2012, 16:51 PM GMT) that make you feel better did it? Yeah mate Good - really impressive..... and your point is....???

  • on May 2, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Just on the subject of a player not losing 4 ashes series's before I have some history for forgetfull English fans:

    1989 In England, Australia won 4 - nil 1990 - 1991 In Australia, Aus won 3 - nil 1993 In England, Australia won 4 - 1 1994 - 1995 In Australia, Aus won 3 - 1 1997 In England, Australia won 3 - 2 1998 - 1999 In Australia, Aus won 3 -1 2001 In England, Australia won 4 - 1 2002 - 2003 In Australia, Aus won 4 - 1 2005 In England, England Won 2 - 1 2006 - 2007 In Australia, Aus won 5 - nil

    So in a 18 year period from 1989 too 2007 Australia won 9 Ashes series, too Englands 1.

    Heres a list of english players too player 20 or more matches vs Australia during this period:

    MA Atherton 1989-2001 33 AJ Stewart 1990-2003 33 N Hussain 1993-2003 23 GA Gooch 1989-1995 20 MA Butcher 1997-2003 20

    Going from that you can assume that all of these players have played in AT LEAST 4 losing ashes series, Atherton and Stewart as many as 7!!!

  • on May 2, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    @pat-one-back.. I really loved watching all those empty seats at the Gabba when England declared 1/517. Same at Adelaide when England declared 5/620. Same at the SCG when England got bowled out first innings.. for 644.

  • 5wombats on May 2, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    @SpecialSauce on (May 02 2012, 07:34 AM GMT) - Rubbish.

  • Beertjie on May 2, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Superbly written, @elle119! People forget that Oz will play India BEFORE the Ashes, so Mickey is making a very big call, which is not his to make anyway. Looking at the dearth of high-scorers in Shield cricket and the desire to have an experienced player, I like the suggestion of another writer elsewhere: have David Hussey play in place of Punter. His first-class experience should serve him well, while they sift out the best of the rest to give him his break. No sentiment here - just cold facts (not just stats!).

  • Hammond on May 2, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    @rooboy good idea mate take the whole of ashes history-starting in 1877. England are 102 wins to Australia's 133. In that time Australia have had a man called Bradman, and probably the finest test cricket side of all time. England had an 8 year winning streak as their longest as opposed to a 13 year winning streak to Australia (which coincided with the career of a man named Warne). I'd say apart from a few outstanding (Aussie) individuals England and Australia have been pretty even since 1877. And I'd also say being born, raised, schooled and currently living in Australia would qualify a person being called an Australian.

  • jplterrors on May 2, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    The ashes 2013 as hyped as it is has a "masters" feel to it. Punter, Hussey, Binga and Harris all pushing 40, while the POMS also prop up Dads army with Strauss, Prior and Collingwood all pushing 40.

  • pat_one_back on May 2, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    Amazing how fans are dissing Punters recent runs, for the record guys, are you saying the Aussie decks weren't flat enough for Gambhir, Dravid, Dhoni, VVS or the great Tendulkar against this "average" aussie attack, just flat enough for Punter? Ishant & Zaheer were no mugs, they were fairly outplayed, lacked a bit of luck too, much like Freddy & Jimmy in '07 (the firgotten year of Eng cricket). Here's the landscape, Aust have a stable of test ready quicks without a veteran, an adequate spinner learning what to do with already mowed grass, an inexperienced captain, 2 fresh openers, an injury prone all rounder who won't go flat out, and we're winning tests, the TEAM is immensely stronger for Punter & Hussey.

  • Meety on May 2, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    @dunger.bob - I'm a lot more optimistic than you, although i do agree there is one player in the England side I do fear above all others - KP. I have confidence in getting thru Strauss relatively cheaply on a regular basis, I am also confident that we will get the measure of Trott this time, unsure about which Cook we'll get, (Superman or Journeyman). Then there's KP, not worried about Bell, if the pressure's on he'll melt (IMO). I think Prior will have his moments, hopefully not too often, & then there will be some form of tail wag (again hopefully not often). With the bowlers, there is no one particular bowler I would pick as being as particularly dangerous, rather wary of the pack, although if Bresnan plays Eng don't lose. Not worried about Swann, if he gets wickets, that would mean that we have seen off the pacemen. As for our bowlers, I haven't got the foggiest which pacemen will play, just confident that anyone of 7 or 8 will do better than in 10/11.

  • pat_one_back on May 2, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    @Mooky et al I'm sure nothing will rival Ricky's memory of returning the ashes in record time. It was only 5 years ago... I know I'll never forget the sad tears in Freddy's eyes on that warm summer afternoon.

  • Rooboy on May 2, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Ah Mooky. Yet another english fan who seems to believe the Ashes began in 2005. 'no other player will be able to say they lost them (Ashes) 4 times' ... that isn't quite right if we look at Ashes history in it's ENTIRETY, is it? Because there is a whole host of english players who have lost significantly more than 4 Ashes series, just in the last last 25 years! There seems to have been an outbreak of short memory syndrome throughout england. @Hammond - where's your obligatory 'and I am Australian' comment? Quite strange that you kept your obvious pretence up for as long as you did, because there's no shame in being an english sports fan. Well, not much anyway ...

  • elle119 on May 2, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    Don't know how everyone else feels about this matter, but I am of the opinion that the coach should refrain from statements like a player "is not going anywhere". To me that unfortunately reminds me of the bad old days when the selectors (i.e Hilditch and co) would just continually pick mis-firing players based on past reputation and or perceived favouritism. I am impressed with the way Inverarity has gone about the selection process and he has proved me wrong one a number of occasions by making the hard decisions so hopefully what Mickey is saying in the press has no real bearing come decision making time and he is just being diplomatic. Still, when the coach says something like that, to me, it puts unfair pressure on the other 5-6 batsmen in the side and also reduces the motivation for those not yet in the side. He should simply say that, like everyone else in the team, performance is key, and no one will be picked solely based on age, past reputation or perceived potential.

  • SpecialSauce on May 2, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    @ landl47... and Strauss will be 37!! he shouldnt be playing now but England have no one else who could captain apart from Cook who probably isnt quite ready yet for test captaincy The Poms dont really have anyone coming through either, they have tried the likes of Morgan, Wright, Dernbach and co and none of them have come up to scratch, Stokes is a Kiwi and most likely a hell of a lot more SA A players are their next hope Mitchel Marsh is considered to be the next Kallis no wraps on any up and coming poms to that extent Lyon has far better stats than Swann did at his age and none of you have seen the pain that Cummins will bring Peter Forrest is more than competent, Hughes and Usi will mature, Bailey, S Marsh are more than good enough back up to the incumbents it is quite conceivable that England will be number 3 by the time the next ashes rolls around it is pretty much a given SA will roll England take off the rose colored glasses and take a good look at your team and Englands future

  • dunger.bob on May 2, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    @ jmcilhinney : My heart is with the Aussies but my head is with you. I expect our side to toil manfully and pop a few more questions than the Poms are used to, but in the end the weight of runs will have it's way. .. since we are being open and honest I'll tell you what scares me the most about the English batting. The free spirited Pietersen surrounded by rock solid bookends. .. I'll say no more except that it worries the hell out of me because even if KP fails the bookends take over. .. Not to worry though. We'll come up with a solution. ... eventually

  • popcorn on May 2, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Ricky Ponting is AN ABSOLUTELY MUST SELECT in the Australian Team for The Ashes 2013 in England.Ricky, along with Mike Hussey, ARE THE ONLY EXPERIENCED PLAYERS in the Australian side. They provide experience,valuable advice,and create AWE in the Poms - THEY ARE THE PSYCHOLOGICAL EDGE.

  • Vista12 on May 2, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    If anyone should get dropped from the Aussie top 7 its Cowan. Nothing against the bloke, but Ponting has certainly earned a shot at the Saffa's with his 100 plus average against India and experience. You cant buy that sort of experience and it will be crucial in England. I wouldnt be surprised if Ponting and Clarke top the run scoring charts in the Ashes 2013. Warner, Cowan, Watson and Haddin or Wade will struggle against the poms in swinging conditions. Ponting and Clarke know how to handle them.

  • Nadeem1976 on May 2, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    Ricky still have hunger to win last Ashes. Let him play his last Ashes. I hope he plays well next summer and go to Ashes in 2013 and perform well. Always a big fan of Ricky Ponting.

    I just want to see one last time the great hook and pull playing batsman of 2004-5. Come on Ricky just show your real class for the last time in this summer and ashes. Come on.

  • kristee on May 2, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    Ponting won't not catch up with Sachin : the former is yet to post his 100th ODI loss whereas the latter has already reached 200 amidst some really comical celebrations!

  • landl47 on May 2, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    Mickey Arthur knows the acore. The fact is, there's no-one coming up in Australia at the moment to threaten Ponting's place. He and Mike Hussey will be 38 by the time of the next Ashes tour. Both have been great players, but neither should still be playing test cricket at 38 and wouldn't be if Aus had any talent waiting in the wings. Both England and Australia play South Africa before the next Ashes series; it's going to be a reality check for all three sides. If SA wins both series, they're clearly #1. If either Aus or England beats them, then whichever does so will be de facto #1. If both Aus and England beat them, then the 2013 Ashes will be for the #1 spot! No disrespect to SA, for whom I have the highest regard, but an Ashes series to decide #1 is enough to make the mouth water.

  • nandwani88 on May 2, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    "The openers David Warner and Ed Cowan were Australia's fifth and sixth best scorers in the West Indies and each managed only one century...." I think you meant half century cause I'm pretty sure that Wade was the only centurion from the Aussies.

  • jmcilhinney on May 2, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    @dunger.bob, there's no doubt that the Australian bowling has improved since the last Ashes. Hilfenhaus and Siddle have both looked better bowlers since the beginning of the last Australian summer and if Harris and Pattinson can remain fit then they are definitely in the top 3 pace attacks. While Lyon is not the world beater some (you know who you are) would like us to think, he is definitely at least holding his own and is an improvement on some of Australia's recent spinners. The Australian batting wasn't great that last Ashes series and it's hard to say how much it has improved. They looked better against India but India were pretty much demoralised by then. The major improver is Clarke. I'm tipping an England win but I expect it to be a more closely fought series than last time.

  • on May 2, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    As some others have pointed out, the article clearly says that Ricky has no plans to retire at this stage, and that he is in the long-term plans for the Ashes depending on how he goes this coming southern summer against the saffers and SL. That's as it should be. If he blows it, he shouldn't be on the plane. If he scores bulk runs then he should be on the plane (and that would worry the pommie supporters given that it would be against SA - despite their continuing bravado about their declining side). Same goes for every other batsman.

  • Meety on May 1, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    @Hammond - yep, real Ozzy!!!

  • dunger.bob on May 1, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    To all the Sachin mentioners : are you suggesting that Australia pick Tendulkar to go on the next Ashes tour? Thats it, right? I mean, why else would you bring Mr. Over-exposure into a thread about Pontings prospects for the next year or so. .. To all the Poms: To be honest, I tend to agree with you that taking Ponting is putting an automatic wicket in there. .. I would love to be proven wrong but somehow I don't think I will be. .. a totally frank assessment is that our batting is nowhere near as good as yours, especially in the top six. However, this team has already shown a willingness to play ugly and hang in there by the skin of their teeth until they see an opening, then drive hard to force it open. .. they may be down on skill but their tactics are much better than the last time you saw them. .. one player I really hope makes you eat your words is Hilfenhaus. Last time he was broken. Couldn't finish off his action for fear of collapsing his left knee. He's better than U think

  • 5wombats on May 1, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    Those of you who know the wombats will be able to predict what comes next... Ponting in England next year? That'll be fun to watch.

  • on May 1, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    i miss those times when ponting used to bat with the mindset that he is going to dominate....now can see him jumping all around the crease to survive....maybe not worth for him to keep on playing even if he does scores some runs....but surely it will be a help for other younger players in the dressing room till he is there

  • jonesy2 on May 1, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    considering its a guaranteed series win of course he will be there

  • Raki99 on May 1, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    Ricky has to come to India Before going for the Ashes... May be the indians would tun up his ash in India.

  • AKS286 on May 1, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    @addicted_to_chaos i'm not a cricketer and he is not my idol. i mean to say that he is a role model for every young cricketer.

  • Wefinishthis on May 1, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    He'll be lucky to get past 30 against Steyn and Philander, but so will everyone else. Mark my words, there will be plenty more Australian batting collapses when our batsmen face the accuracy and movement of the SA and English bowlers so we'd better get used to it.

  • timtom on May 1, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    @satyam.sharma --Fantastic figures which neither AUS fans or selectors wud like to see...Ricky is in team for last 4 years purely based on his 2001-2006 exploits. Let him be..will get dropped when test average threatens to drop below 50..Aus selectors have done that for previous greats..Till then its celeb time for other nations except India :)...And yeah ..the best bat since Bradman :))))

  • TahirMahmood on May 1, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Ricky Ponting has played very well in west indies, but unfortunately he did not score enough runs. He is in good form but it is his bad luck that Australia don't have test cricket in next 6 months. He is a great player and he should be added in ODI as well, because he dominate odi batting in past extremely well. M clarke also need punter with him.

  • Lord_Dravid on May 1, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    ponting and tendulkar rock! all you haters stay away!

  • Aussasinator on May 1, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    He'll not retire till he's thrown out. I think he'll be out before the Ashes. If he stays, then there are good days for England.

  • Hoggy_1989 on May 1, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Perhaps someone could convince Tim Paine to give up the gloves and play as a batsman. Less finger injuries from no keeping, and he could potentially make a hell of a gritty No 3. Take Watson down to 4, Paine in at 3...Wade keeps the gloves and the Australian team is as strong as ever!

  • Bollo on May 1, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    @S.Jagernath. Perhaps one of the main reasons Ponting is rated ahead of Dravid as a No.3 is that he averages the same (slightly more) but scores his runs at SR 59, whereas Dravid`s SR was about 42.

  • Bollo on May 1, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    @Taryn, while not world-beating, Ponting`s record in Asia (ave 42 in tests, 5 centuries; ave 40 in ODIs, 6 centuries) and the regularity with which he has punished spinners in Australia and elsewhere, suggests that he hasn`t been too bad.

  • on May 1, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Ponting is the best Aussie batsman since The Don. Minus him from Australia right now and see how pale Australia will look against a rising and confident England. Even if the nest Ashes is his last hurrah- Let it be!

  • Shan156 on May 1, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    What can we say? Good news for England:-) Would love to see Punter in action in 2013. Can't wait for him to get run out by a substitute:-) Get this right you Aussies - the Ashes are gonna stay with us for a loooong time.

  • GLORY2INDIA on May 1, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Forget 2013 Ashes folks!! ponting's era will come to an end in the coming series against the Proteas.mark my words he's gonna struggle and the same guy who's clamouring for him atm will show him the exit! ponting may just not make it to India too.....so 2013 .....????? just keep it in mind.anyways i do like him as a batsman even though he's thrashed us a number of times.just a food for thought for everyone here.

  • Bollo on May 1, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    @scottyg, re.`Punter has only made runs against India lately` - an overall test record of more than 2500 runs at ave.54+ (8 centuries, including 3 doubles) and more than 2100 ODI runs at 40+ (6 centuries, including that memorable WC final slaughter) suggests otherwise...

  • AdrianVanDenStael on May 1, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Irrespective of some hostile comments here, it's hard not to regard players who've been around as long as Ponting and Tendulkar as a little like old friends. I hope they both get another crack at England, not least because I'm sure that's what they'd both like. @Sinhaya: Ponting would not be 'the only player in Ashes history to have tasted 5 Ashes defeats'. A few words for you: Mike Atherton, Alec Stewart, Nasser Hussein ...

  • Bollo on May 1, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    @numerous people (Sinhaya et al.) re. Punter`s Ashes record. He`s played in 8 Ashes series, won 5 and lost 3. I`m sure players such as Mike Atherton (played 7, lost 7 straight) would swap in a minute.

  • A_Yorkshire_Lad on May 1, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    @Othello22 - " ..not one player in the English side who warrants mention even in the same breath as Ricky Ponting " I agree with you entirely. There is no-one in the English team who can claim to have played in 3 losing Ashes series.

  • on May 1, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    What is more worrying is that punter is also dropping catches he would have taken easily couple years ago. He dropped about four in WI.

    You must realise at 38 you don't get better. Reflexes have slowed and will continue to slow-down.

  • Hammond on May 1, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    I sincerely hope he does make it. He's a walking wicket when the ball moves off the straight. Can't wait to hear all the excuses about the Dukes ball like the last two times Australia got done.

  • SHIYAD14 on May 1, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    no doubt ponting is the best in the cricket after bradman.................

  • blink182alex on May 1, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Ponting has scored 568 test runs at 63.11 in 2012, he may not be as good as he was but there isn't any better alternatives in Australian domestic cricket. There isn't any batsmen in Shield cricket consistently scoring thousands of runs and putting pressure on Ponting's place in the side. Right now an Australian test team is a stronger team with Ponting in it.

  • Sinhaya on May 1, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    @Mooky, I fully agree with you! Ponting might as well wait for the late 2013 Ashes in Austrlia and end up being labelled as the only player in Ashes history to have tasted 5 Ashes defeats! It would be comical to persist with Ponting if he fails the tests Against South Africa.

  • Lozzanova on May 1, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    I would love to see Punter front up to a press conference in early 2014 holding the little urn proudly in hand and announce he's retiring on a high. It would be a great - and deserved - way to hang up his boots.

  • on May 1, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    Mr Aurther yoiu are good Auther, Yeah Yeah Yeah !!!! Fair dincum !!! Brad hog can break Murli Record as well.

  • on May 1, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    @Mooki.. Plenty of players can say that they have lost the ashes 4 times, just go through the poms who had long careers and you will find a bunch of them..

  • Erebus26 on May 1, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    @othello22 - you can laugh all you want but us Poms hold the urn and poor old Punter has lost three ashes series. I would've spared him the humiliation of a fourth loss.

  • S.Jagernath on May 1, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    @RandyOz...who have you seen smacking Stuart Broad around recently?Be more concerned about Ricky Ponting walking out with a head!But first,there will be a visit from Dale Steyn.

  • S.Jagernath on May 1, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Ponting bats at #4 in a decent lineup,without the pressures of captaincy or having to go up the order but seems to fail continuously away from Australia.Compare Ponting,a great #3(though he bats at #4 since 2009) to a legendary #3 in Rahul Dravid whom at 39 toured S.A,West Indies,England & Australia.Dravid batted at 3 at all times except for when he had to open in England.Ponting is getting a much better deal but cannot cash in.Yet,Ponting is often more highly regarded than Dravid,does not really make any sense.

  • on May 1, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    The last time Ponting was in an Ashes winning team in ENG was in 2001, when he played with Langer, Hayden,S Waugh, M Waugh, Martyn, Gilchrist, Warne, Gillespie, Lee and McGrath. The first time was in 1997. I don't think Ponting will play until he is 43. If he doesn't perform, he'll eventually be axed by Inverarity, as he did in the commonwealth bank one day series. He's a very good player although really past his used by date.

  • smithy.nottingham on May 1, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    All Englishmen will welcome back Ponting in 2013; a walking wicket when not facing a very poor Indian attack. Living on a past reputation is not the way Australia became a great side, it was by being ruthless.

    He is also possibly the grumpiest player around at the moment - let's bring Gary Pratt out of retirement to really cheer him up!

  • Meety on May 1, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Happy enough for Punter to go to England in the Ashes, however, he must pass the tests of the Safricans. If he can average over 40 against a full strength Saffa attack, he'll do the same v England. If he doesn't get 40, he should retire so we can get someone else a crack before England.

  • jmcilhinney on May 1, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    @othello22, I doubt that many England fans would genuinely deny that Ponting has been one of the best, but he just doesn't look like that player any more. Right now he is just a decent batsman and he may not even be that in a year's time. There are plenty of Aussies willing to kick Tendulkar when he's down so I'm not sure who's the pot and who's the kettle. If Ponting does play, let's just hope for your and Australia's sake that he plays better than in the last home Ashes.

  • Follow_thru on May 1, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Ricky Ponting - an all time great. probably a shade below Tendulkar & Lara, on par with Kallis & Dravid among the great batsman of the last 20-25yrs. Has done well when Aus had good openers, but struggling when coming in early after a weak top 3 - something a Lara & Tendulkar in the 90s & Dravid in early 2000s did exceedingly well. His game is centered on attack, not suited for hold. Problem for Aus is that there's no one better than him at no.3 or 4 in the country...even on potential, Khwaja/Marsh/ even Watson don't have the technique/talent. Ideally, to take Ponting out of the equation, they need to push Clarke & Hussey to 4 & 5 resp, have Watson at 6 and blood in someone new at 3. But who? Another problem for Aus round the corner: Hussey's slot will also open up in 2yrs!

  • rahulcricket007 on May 1, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    HE IS A LEGEND . I HOPE HE GOES TO ASHES & PERFORM WELL & END CAREER ON A HIGH .

  • Mooky on May 1, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Its great news the Ricky will make the Ashes, no other player will be able to say they lost them 4 times See you there Ricky

  • scottyg on May 1, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    Punter has only made runs against India lately- on flat tracks against bowling quality that isn't as good as the sheffield sheild, with the exception of Z Khan. Struggled in the windies against Roach and Shillingford and will struggle even more against the poms with Anderson, Broad, Bresnan, Finn and Tremlett, who all had him covered in 2010-11. Time to get a young batsman in now, so hes not playing his first on day one of the ashes. Aus have two old guys- Hussey and Punter, and which one is in the better form?

  • othello22 on May 1, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Makes me laugh to see the pommy fans on here joking about how happy they are to have Ponting around for the next Ashes series. Last time I checked, no English batsman has scored 13,000 test runs or won 100 test matches. In fact, I see not a single batsman, or player for that matter, in the English side who warrants mention even in the same breath as Ricky Ponting. Laugh it up lads, I look forward to hearing how those words taste - You will be eating them soon enough.

  • cric_freakNo2 on May 1, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    Ponting!! v hav faith in u. u r the BEST :thumbup:

  • CNBAS5 on May 1, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    This is really funny, I don't know why every other writer talks badly of Sachin. Is it just because he had scored 100 centuries. Arthur can keep Ricky in the team for another 10 years. or until he reaches 50 years. Keep in mind that Sachin's record will never be beaten. Run Ricky Run.

  • addicted_to_chaos on May 1, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    @AKS286: Think you didnt watched him playing against bangla recently...... or never watched him playing in ODIs, his strike rate dips significantly as soon as he hit 80s, no matter what the match situation is..... be careful when you select your role models.....

  • on May 1, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    "can make" what a silly word......RICKY PONTING IS BEST BATSMAN AFTER BRADMAN......HE MUST PLAY TILL 2015 SO THAT HE CAN CONTRIBUTE TO AUSTRALIA CRICKET IN MAXIMUM WAY....I DO NOT SEE ANY YOUNGSTER WHO IS GIVING COMPETITION TO PUNTER...SO CASE CLOSED..PLAY TILL TILL 2017 , SERIOUSLY.....

  • satyam.sharma on May 1, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    @gagagaga, your ignorance amuses me :-) Are you saying that while Ponting has played "only" 7.8% of his international matches against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, whereas Sachin has played a "whopping" 9.5% against them? Not just that, you would like to know that even when you take out these (and other) minnows from their stats records and restrict only to the top teams, Sachin *still* outperforms Ponting by a healthy 3 runs in the average.

  • Taryn on May 1, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    @ M Ali .......i reckon you know nothing about Test cricket, Pontings record in subcontinent is worst & he doesn't know how to bat against spin.it only shows me that he can only play on type of wickets he has been brought up on ,a shame for a cricketer who has played for 17 years n where the hell Inzi came from a below average player. All cricketers play for records, only Sachin & Kallis stands out as legends, rest of the names u have mentioned could be referred as greats but not immortals or legends!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RandyOZ on May 1, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Of course he will be there for the next Ashes. Smacking Broad to all parts is one of his pasttimes. Unfortunately everyone else in world cricket has done the same so the novelty has worn off a bit!

  • ali00 on May 1, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    He should go and there should be another youngster and he had his chance.He played nearly for 18 years and Australia need new youngsters in the team. Bring Mitch and Khawaja.

  • on May 1, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    He have 2 prove with couple of 100s.

  • jmcilhinney on May 1, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    I don't think that anyone in the England team or fan base will be too concerned about this because, at this stage, Ponting doesn't really pose any greater threat than many likely replacements. There's no doubt that he is a class player though and, although I'm fairly sure his best days are behind him, he still may be capable of another lift, especially against Australia's greatest rival and the team that won the Ashes twice against him. The Ashes is still a year away though so a lot could happen between now and then either way. I'm guessing that Australia would want to have a settled team going into the series and, barring a disaster, keep that team for the return series soon after, so we should have a pretty good idea some time out.

  • on May 1, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Lot of comments from English fans. Saying he is a walking wicket. Well i will tell you underestimate Ponting. He will make you pay.I Admit he has lost his old touch. But i expect him to do well against england.

  • satyam.sharma on May 1, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Ponting's last few scores in international matches are: 2, 1, 6, 2, 7, 4, 14, 7, 41, 23 and 57, for an average of 14. The first five innings were in ODIs against India and SL at home in Australia, and the latter six came in tests against "mighty" West Indies. Is the future of Australian cricket in such dire straits that even these scores are considered "good performance" now, and a top-order batsman averaging 14 isn't even in danger of losing his spot? Now compare and contrast with Tendulkar. The past year (the 12 months he took between his 99th and 100th century in international cricket) has been called "bad" by his standards -- and yet he scored 7 50s (including 2 90s) during that period averaging 35. But while an average of 14 is "good" for Ponting, 35 is "poor" for Sachin, and so while Ponting gets to play the Ashes in 2013, supposedly Sachin should have retired yesterday already.

  • kangaroussy on May 1, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    @Trickstar, there were a lot of Aussies saying the same thing before last summer, myself included. Granted, India were pretty weak in all aspects of the game, but punter did score, and bat, very well. The true test will come with the South African series, and if he really is proven to be a walking wicket by their bowlers, then I'm sure he'll know the time has come. But, seriously, how good are these next Ashes shaping up?! Possibly swansong for ponting, hussey, Strauss(?) and a few others, and two very evenly matched teams with a lot to prove. I predict a series to rival 2005, which is all any of us can hope for.

  • gagagaga on May 1, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    @muhammad Ali 100% agree. great batsman. imagine what he would've avg had he played Bangladesh and Zim every second month like the 'other greats'. something which is lost in the minds of Asian cricket fans.

  • AKS286 on May 1, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    "can make" what a silly word HE WILL DEFINITELY MAKE. not only 2013 but for 2015 ashes. the leader never down. @muhammad ali sachin is the lord of cricket no one is closer to him. appreciate the legends like sachin, kallis, lara, jayasuriya, rather commenting foolishness. sachin is the role model for whole world.

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on May 1, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    I hope Punter gets selected for the next Ashes, he's a good omen for us Poms.

  • dunger.bob on May 1, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    You never know, Ricky might go super-nova and go out on top of an avalanche of runs. .. More likely though things will just get harder and harder for Ricky and he will eventually be dropped and remembered as a player who hung around too long and was made to look foolish in the end. .. I'm hoping for the first option because I don't want to see the little champ go out a sad, beaten parody of himself. He deserves better than that and I also hope the selectors have the guts to pull the plug if it becomes too painfully obvious that his form is not coming back, ever. Some might argue that it has already reached that stage, but I agree with Arthur on this one. There are still a few runs left in Ricky Ponting, at least I hope so.

  • freo75 on May 1, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    I for one would love to see Ponting on the Ashes tour, and while you are at it can you keep Haddin, Hilfenhaus, Lyon, Cowan and Warner in the side? Thanks from everyone in England. PS Any chance of a recall for Mitch Johnson and Phil Hughes?

  • on May 1, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    my ranking of top5 test batsmen of last 20 years..1(lara),2(ponting),3(dravid),4(kallis),5(sachin)..my ranking of odi batsmen of last 20 years..1(sachin),2(ponting),3(lara),4(inzi),5(bevan or hussey)

  • Heisenburg on May 1, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    He should of retired after the India series, he made good scores, he is at his home country, it would have been a good retirement, but no, he had to get greedy. Now he must retire after the next South Africa series.

  • on May 1, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    punter should stay..he is the best test player i saw after lara in last 20 years..a true fighter,excellent technique,aggressive nature,selfless bat(unlike sachin) and exceptional fielder..these are all hallmarks of the best australian batsman after bradman..

  • Trickstar on May 1, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    The whole of England hopes Ricky get make the Ashes as well, the dudes a walking wicket against quality bowling nowadays.

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  • Trickstar on May 1, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    The whole of England hopes Ricky get make the Ashes as well, the dudes a walking wicket against quality bowling nowadays.

  • on May 1, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    punter should stay..he is the best test player i saw after lara in last 20 years..a true fighter,excellent technique,aggressive nature,selfless bat(unlike sachin) and exceptional fielder..these are all hallmarks of the best australian batsman after bradman..

  • Heisenburg on May 1, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    He should of retired after the India series, he made good scores, he is at his home country, it would have been a good retirement, but no, he had to get greedy. Now he must retire after the next South Africa series.

  • on May 1, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    my ranking of top5 test batsmen of last 20 years..1(lara),2(ponting),3(dravid),4(kallis),5(sachin)..my ranking of odi batsmen of last 20 years..1(sachin),2(ponting),3(lara),4(inzi),5(bevan or hussey)

  • freo75 on May 1, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    I for one would love to see Ponting on the Ashes tour, and while you are at it can you keep Haddin, Hilfenhaus, Lyon, Cowan and Warner in the side? Thanks from everyone in England. PS Any chance of a recall for Mitch Johnson and Phil Hughes?

  • dunger.bob on May 1, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    You never know, Ricky might go super-nova and go out on top of an avalanche of runs. .. More likely though things will just get harder and harder for Ricky and he will eventually be dropped and remembered as a player who hung around too long and was made to look foolish in the end. .. I'm hoping for the first option because I don't want to see the little champ go out a sad, beaten parody of himself. He deserves better than that and I also hope the selectors have the guts to pull the plug if it becomes too painfully obvious that his form is not coming back, ever. Some might argue that it has already reached that stage, but I agree with Arthur on this one. There are still a few runs left in Ricky Ponting, at least I hope so.

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on May 1, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    I hope Punter gets selected for the next Ashes, he's a good omen for us Poms.

  • AKS286 on May 1, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    "can make" what a silly word HE WILL DEFINITELY MAKE. not only 2013 but for 2015 ashes. the leader never down. @muhammad ali sachin is the lord of cricket no one is closer to him. appreciate the legends like sachin, kallis, lara, jayasuriya, rather commenting foolishness. sachin is the role model for whole world.

  • gagagaga on May 1, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    @muhammad Ali 100% agree. great batsman. imagine what he would've avg had he played Bangladesh and Zim every second month like the 'other greats'. something which is lost in the minds of Asian cricket fans.

  • kangaroussy on May 1, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    @Trickstar, there were a lot of Aussies saying the same thing before last summer, myself included. Granted, India were pretty weak in all aspects of the game, but punter did score, and bat, very well. The true test will come with the South African series, and if he really is proven to be a walking wicket by their bowlers, then I'm sure he'll know the time has come. But, seriously, how good are these next Ashes shaping up?! Possibly swansong for ponting, hussey, Strauss(?) and a few others, and two very evenly matched teams with a lot to prove. I predict a series to rival 2005, which is all any of us can hope for.