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Writing in the Telegraph, Michael Vaughan predicts that Ricky Ponting's decision to step down from captaincy could herald a second wind in his career, much like Sachin Tendulkar's resurgence in the last few years.
It is not the Aussie way for a captain to continue playing but he has a role to play by simply helping his team win cricket matches. He should drop down to No4 and maybe even eventually move to five in the order but I expect him to emulate what Sachin Tendulkar has achieved in the past two years. I have little doubt we will see Ponting play in the Ashes in England in 2013 and following winter in Australia. He has not had many serious injuries and once freed from the burden of captaincy, he should feel refreshed.