Commonwealth Bank Series 2011-12 February 20, 2012

Ponting dropped from ODI squad

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Ricky Ponting knew the final phone call was imminent. Dropped from the Australia ODI squad for the remainder of the triangular series following the worst batting slump of his limited-overs career, Ponting accepted his fate after reaching an agreement with the national selector John Inverarity that one or the other would have to make the call.

Under their terms, either Ponting would contact Inverarity to notify the selectors of his retirement from ODIs, or Inverarity would do likewise to inform Ponting he had lost his place. Scores of 2, 1, 6, 2 and 7 moved Inverarity to dial first, drawing the curtain on Ponting's time as an ODI batsman. In a 375-game one-day international career, never before had he made five single-figure scores in a row. Twenty-six battling balls in Brisbane sealed the panel's verdict.

"Ricky and I were always clear on this, that at some stage he'd either come to me or I'd have the responsibility of going to him," Inverarity told ESPNcricinfo. "That's always the case with all players, isn't it. It's either they come to the selectors or the selectors come to the player. Ricky in the ODIs there's been a form lapse there, yesterday he wasn't in good form and in the five games he's made very few runs."

Inverarity said that while Ponting would be missed, not least as a leader who had just stood-in for the injured Michael Clarke, the time had come to move on in the 50-over format.

"The team will not seem the same without him, but moving on from the omission of players who have been outstanding over a long period of time is the nature of elite sport," Inverarity said. "Ricky's record speaks for itself. He is one of the truly great performers in the history of Australian ODI cricket, with his reputation enhanced further by him captaining Australia to two World Cup victories.

"Ricky's contribution goes far beyond his batting statistics and his brilliant fielding. The example he sets in every respect and his extraordinarily positive influence in the dressing-room is acknowledged by all. He is held in the highest possible regard by his team-mates and there is no higher accolade than this. Ricky being prepared to take over the captaincy in Michael Clarke's recent absence for the sake of the team is yet another example of his selfless attitude and team-first focus."

Like Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh before him, Ponting was not given the chance to choose when he would end his ODI career. As late as Sunday night in Brisbane following Australia's win in Brisbane, Ponting said he had no intention of stepping aside, and had left his future in the hands of the selectors. Inverarity countered suggestions that Ponting might have been given a farewell match with the stark realities of professional sport.

"Ricky Ponting has been dropped from the ODI side and the national selection panel has spoken about moving towards the 2015 World Cup," he said. "The door is never closed on anybody, but it's a strong indication there. We were very keen for Ricky to play in these games because we intended to blend in some younger players, and his influence for them has been remarkable. But we need to at some stage move on.

"We're not ruling him out because one never knows what's around the corner … but we've certainly got 2015 in mind, and we knew at the beginning of the series when we wanted those young players to be blended in, in the presence of Ricky.

"In elite sport there's no place for sentiment. There are always the two schools of thought, going out on your own terms and that, and the members of the national selection panel were unanimous in their view. It was discussed by email last night, a few calls last night and was confirmed this morning. That's the decision and that's elite sport."

Ponting has been replaced in the squad by the allrounder and vice-captain Shane Watson, who proved his fitness after a stubborn calf injury by playing for New South Wales in a Sheffield Shield match against Western Australia in Perth. Inverarity announced one other change to the squad, recalling Ryan Harris in place of Mitchell Starc. He also confirmed that Matthew Wade had now usurped Brad Haddin as the No. 1 wicketkeeper in limited-overs matches, and that the panel intended to take both glovemen to the West Indies.

"Ryan Harris has been re-included in the squad with Mitchell Starc making way for his return. Mitchell will benefit greatly from the Tests and the ODIs he has played," Inverarity said. "His development as a player of the future is most encouraging. Shane Watson also comes back into the squad. He is an all-rounder of proven class and the NSP is keen to have him re-join the squad.

"The NSP made the decision that Matthew Wade is now the preferred ODI wicket-keeper for the Australian ODI team. The intention at this stage is to have both Matthew and Brad Haddin in the West Indies together for the duration of the tour."

Edited by Brydon Coverdale

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

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  • JG2704 on February 22, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    @Posted by on (February 20 2012, 07:18 AM GMT) re "HAHAHAH!!! deserved it!! he got owned!!!!! will not reach the class/stats of Ten/drav!! HAHAHA" - What an absolutely pointless comment

  • JG2704 on February 22, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    @zenboomerang on (February 22 2012, 08:01 AM GMT) Sorry for offence. My point is that if Hogg can get into the T20 side at 41 then it is surely not out of the question for a guy of Pontings class to do a U turn on retirement? Surely it's no more ludicrous than Hogg coming back to play int T20 at 41 regardless of how well he's done at domestic level

  • zenboomerang on February 22, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    @JG2704... Usually like your comments - but I agree & disagree :) ... Yes - Ponting has not announced his retirement from ODI's, just the selectors say his form is down too low... Your logic on Brad Hogg is definitely wrong - Hogg plays T20's & Ponting doesn't... Your point?... Hogg admits he retired way too early & is still a better bowler than most & being a chinaman he is an uncommon type of bowler & his BBL record was outstanding... Also the NSP have already told Hogg that he is being kept available only up until the T20 WC in Sept... Ponting would never make it into the Oz T20 team - as neither would Clarke... Again your point?...

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 22, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    If Punter, who is younger and fitter than SRT, can be forced to retire, why can't the Indian Board give this ultimatum to SRT - Retire or you will be dropped. He hasn't performed in almost a year now.

  • JG2704 on February 21, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    Everyone's writing their tributes to Ponting and the guy richly deserves all the plaudits , but have I missed something here? Has Ponting actually said he's definitely retiring? I'm not one to want to see players going on for too long and possibly tarnishing their legacies (Indian batsmen being a prime example) but it wasn't so long ago (maybe just before the India series) that many were calling for Ponting to be dropped from the test side and look what happened. As long as Ricky remains available it wouldn't surprise me in the least if he plays more ODIs. Aus have a strange selection policy at times and surely Ponting is a better batsman than Hogg is a spinner and how old was he when he played recently? Also , out of interest , has he retired from ODIs before or was it just T20? - BTW I originally tried to post this before Ricky officially retired and I still feel he may come back.

  • JG2704 on February 21, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    @ Harmony111 on (February 20 2012, 13:11 PM GMT) Hang on a minute. Surely the facts and figures from Ponting and Sachin in the last test series between Australia and India would say that Ponting was the man who had longer left in the game or did you miss him and Clarke taking India apart? In the recent test series Ponting scored 62,60 ,134,7,221 and 60 NO and Sachin scored 73.32,41,80,15,8,25.13 . Just the facts there MATE.

  • JG2704 on February 21, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    @karthik_raja on (February 20 2012, 10:12 AM GMT) Probably the reason why Indian fans are calling for some of their batsmen to be dropped is because basically they've either lost by an innings or basically thrashed in pretty much all of their last consecutive away defeats. I know you can always call on stats from ODIs or yesteryear but if I was an Indian fan I wouldn't be happy with picking the same batting line up which has basically failed 8 away matches in a row. I'm not having a dig , but if you have talented youngsters which could do a job for you why not bring them in now? The greats aren't playing like greats these days and they'll have to retire at some point

  • Jaggadaaku on February 21, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    Punter had a very best farewell game in the world cup where he blasted a century after a very long time against one of his favorite opponent (India), but he couldn't take that opportunity and said he still got runs in it. These kind of struggling batsmen always think like that. When they fail constantly, they want to get form and retire. But when they get some form, they say now my form is back why should I retire? These kind of glued players should be kicked out otherwise they won't even take a little break for a while. Brad Haddin may not be a good player, but he is very good predictor, and controller saying AUS won't allow Sachin to get his 100th ton, and our Master Bastard started helping Brad's prediction since the first test in AUS. These days, Sachin also brings India down playing too slow in every game, in order to go for his personal milestone, and getting out before pass even 50 runs mark!

  • Mathew71 on February 21, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    The day Indians stop living in past glory,I hope we may have some improvement.I want the Indian Team to win all the matches when they play but they are the most unpredictable Team in the world just like Vir.Same timelook at the Austrialian cricket since 1983 after India won the worldcup!!It took India another 28years to win the cup again when AUS won it 03 time in between.When Warne,Gilly and Mcgrath was leaving people said AUS is finished,and still see teams fighting among themselves to beat the AUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Half the money what BCCI have if was with the Black Cats(NZ),they would have ruled Cricket world.Indian Cricket will only be saved when Politicians are not allowed to handle the administration.That is not to bring the Gavaskars and the Ravi Shahstri's and the Dilip Veng's in power.They are all their own worst enemies.Bring Mohi Amarnath and Kapil Dev kind of men in to the front and stope zonal quota system.If 11 are good fromTamil nadu take them or from WB then so be it.

  • SeamingWicket on February 21, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    A class act. Not only one of the worlds great batsmen, but a world class fielder and a champion captain. 3 in 1!

  • JG2704 on February 22, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    @Posted by on (February 20 2012, 07:18 AM GMT) re "HAHAHAH!!! deserved it!! he got owned!!!!! will not reach the class/stats of Ten/drav!! HAHAHA" - What an absolutely pointless comment

  • JG2704 on February 22, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    @zenboomerang on (February 22 2012, 08:01 AM GMT) Sorry for offence. My point is that if Hogg can get into the T20 side at 41 then it is surely not out of the question for a guy of Pontings class to do a U turn on retirement? Surely it's no more ludicrous than Hogg coming back to play int T20 at 41 regardless of how well he's done at domestic level

  • zenboomerang on February 22, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    @JG2704... Usually like your comments - but I agree & disagree :) ... Yes - Ponting has not announced his retirement from ODI's, just the selectors say his form is down too low... Your logic on Brad Hogg is definitely wrong - Hogg plays T20's & Ponting doesn't... Your point?... Hogg admits he retired way too early & is still a better bowler than most & being a chinaman he is an uncommon type of bowler & his BBL record was outstanding... Also the NSP have already told Hogg that he is being kept available only up until the T20 WC in Sept... Ponting would never make it into the Oz T20 team - as neither would Clarke... Again your point?...

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 22, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    If Punter, who is younger and fitter than SRT, can be forced to retire, why can't the Indian Board give this ultimatum to SRT - Retire or you will be dropped. He hasn't performed in almost a year now.

  • JG2704 on February 21, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    Everyone's writing their tributes to Ponting and the guy richly deserves all the plaudits , but have I missed something here? Has Ponting actually said he's definitely retiring? I'm not one to want to see players going on for too long and possibly tarnishing their legacies (Indian batsmen being a prime example) but it wasn't so long ago (maybe just before the India series) that many were calling for Ponting to be dropped from the test side and look what happened. As long as Ricky remains available it wouldn't surprise me in the least if he plays more ODIs. Aus have a strange selection policy at times and surely Ponting is a better batsman than Hogg is a spinner and how old was he when he played recently? Also , out of interest , has he retired from ODIs before or was it just T20? - BTW I originally tried to post this before Ricky officially retired and I still feel he may come back.

  • JG2704 on February 21, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    @ Harmony111 on (February 20 2012, 13:11 PM GMT) Hang on a minute. Surely the facts and figures from Ponting and Sachin in the last test series between Australia and India would say that Ponting was the man who had longer left in the game or did you miss him and Clarke taking India apart? In the recent test series Ponting scored 62,60 ,134,7,221 and 60 NO and Sachin scored 73.32,41,80,15,8,25.13 . Just the facts there MATE.

  • JG2704 on February 21, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    @karthik_raja on (February 20 2012, 10:12 AM GMT) Probably the reason why Indian fans are calling for some of their batsmen to be dropped is because basically they've either lost by an innings or basically thrashed in pretty much all of their last consecutive away defeats. I know you can always call on stats from ODIs or yesteryear but if I was an Indian fan I wouldn't be happy with picking the same batting line up which has basically failed 8 away matches in a row. I'm not having a dig , but if you have talented youngsters which could do a job for you why not bring them in now? The greats aren't playing like greats these days and they'll have to retire at some point

  • Jaggadaaku on February 21, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    Punter had a very best farewell game in the world cup where he blasted a century after a very long time against one of his favorite opponent (India), but he couldn't take that opportunity and said he still got runs in it. These kind of struggling batsmen always think like that. When they fail constantly, they want to get form and retire. But when they get some form, they say now my form is back why should I retire? These kind of glued players should be kicked out otherwise they won't even take a little break for a while. Brad Haddin may not be a good player, but he is very good predictor, and controller saying AUS won't allow Sachin to get his 100th ton, and our Master Bastard started helping Brad's prediction since the first test in AUS. These days, Sachin also brings India down playing too slow in every game, in order to go for his personal milestone, and getting out before pass even 50 runs mark!

  • Mathew71 on February 21, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    The day Indians stop living in past glory,I hope we may have some improvement.I want the Indian Team to win all the matches when they play but they are the most unpredictable Team in the world just like Vir.Same timelook at the Austrialian cricket since 1983 after India won the worldcup!!It took India another 28years to win the cup again when AUS won it 03 time in between.When Warne,Gilly and Mcgrath was leaving people said AUS is finished,and still see teams fighting among themselves to beat the AUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Half the money what BCCI have if was with the Black Cats(NZ),they would have ruled Cricket world.Indian Cricket will only be saved when Politicians are not allowed to handle the administration.That is not to bring the Gavaskars and the Ravi Shahstri's and the Dilip Veng's in power.They are all their own worst enemies.Bring Mohi Amarnath and Kapil Dev kind of men in to the front and stope zonal quota system.If 11 are good fromTamil nadu take them or from WB then so be it.

  • SeamingWicket on February 21, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    A class act. Not only one of the worlds great batsmen, but a world class fielder and a champion captain. 3 in 1!

  • on February 21, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    ACB has done a wise thing to drop Ricky Ponting from the squad. Like that BCCI should drop Sachin from ODI.

  • Prema1948 on February 21, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    It's good for T'dulkar as well if he too had announce his retirement before too long. It would do a world of good for him and for the immensely talented young cricketers in India. If Sir DGB could retire at a Test Ba.Av. of 99.94, It won't do any harm for his reputation, if T'dulkar could retire after 99 International centuries. By the way if the Aussie selectors had the same mentality of SLan selectors of last 25 years, Ponting would be able to stay as long as he desires.

  • Prema1948 on February 21, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Ponting is one of the greatest batsmen in the same class of Lara &Tendulkar, that has maintained 1st Cla Bat.Ave. around 55. There are only a handful, we can found of such quality. This type of batting averages could be achieved only by those quality batters who have been fortunate enough always to bat as front-liners. Among Sri Lankan players only Samaraweera can come anywhere close to those three, unfortunately this class player has always been sent to bat at odd places and sometimes dropped (SL selectors of last 25 ys have always ignored quality batters of Trott's Class & preffered only reckless hitters) to make way for VIPs. Great players should retire when they are still in demand making way for the youngsters in line. (to be cntd.)

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

    When the Waugh Brothers were put out of the one day team - several years before their test career ended - they were in a lot better one day form than Ponting is in currently... They were put out as it was seen that they wouldn't make the next world cup which we went on to win... sometimes it is good to prune up for the future. Ponting is a legend he should have waved bye bye after making the double hundred in Adelaide as that is how he should be remembered

  • on February 21, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    It was a little harsh on Ponting who has been their best batsman over the years. Nevertheless i salute the ACB Management and selectors for looking at the future. Alas! that spirit is missing in BCCI.

  • on February 20, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    Too much sooking! Perhaps Inverarity should keep Ponting and also select Katich, Haddin, North, Hughes and Khawaja?

  • SmashingBaby on February 20, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    Ricky Ponting, you have been one of the greatest players in Australian cricketing history and one of the most enjoyable players to watch during my lifetime. I think it is a great shame that such a great player was not allowed to at least finish a home series before being dropped - the next match would have been in front of his home crowd as well. On the other hand, this does demonstrate the reason why Australian cricket will always be stronger than countries like India - the selectors have the courage (although harsh) to drop even great players in an effort to keep the side improving for the future. Ricky is not alone: Steve Waugh and Mark Taylor were both dropped from ODI's without the chance to retire. Keep going though Rick, don't retire from Tests, I want to see more great batting over in the West Indies!

  • Meety on February 20, 2012, 23:26 GMT

    Inverarity has shown a lot of stones in making this decision, I honestly didn't think they'd do it. I want Punter to stay on in terms of Test cricket, but this was the right call. Ponting can be satisfied that he was a member of 3 winning WC Finals, captaining 2. I think his test record as captain will over shadow the fact that he was a great ODI captain. Given India are in the country atm, this should serve as a timely reminder that sometimes selectors have to do the job they are paid to do. Anyways Punter, thanks for the memories, hope this leads to a great swan song in the test arena.

  • RasCric on February 20, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    Ponting: 37, Still on of the best fielders, just had few bad games, Dropped! Tendulker: 39, can't field, can't bowl, hardly can bat now, keeps going on. Why?

  • ikingkk on February 20, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    Should learn from OZ's they drop the players who don't perform on par with the standards. Unlike team India we keep our players to reach personal mile stones at the stake of national pride. We are very emotional guys.................... Players can't be in the team on past glories they need to perform to be in the team. if they don't kick them out of team. In a country of 1billion can't we getting 11 match winners.

  • UdayP on February 20, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    Sad that it has happened this way, I do think he should have been given a goodbye match...perhaps scoring the winning runs in the CB final against an Indian team where Tendulkar finally scores that 100.....and then announces his retirement.

  • on February 20, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    The ones who are asking for Sachin to retire. Do you know his batting average in Last 15 innings ? He has 1 double hundred and a 100 in last 15 innings before this series. He is still the top scorer better than those "promising younsters". Who is Sachin's replacement ? Let the master take his own decision. he is playing after 8 months in ODIs and you still have a complaint. Where the rest of the world has not even crossed the 14K mark, he is the lone man standing on 18 K plus. Let him decide when he is not able to give his 100 percent. You are the same people who were crying 3-4 years back asking for his retirement and then shut your mouth after his performances. Please know that an era will end with Sachin and being an ardent fan I want to delay it till eternity !

  • on February 20, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    This is the right time for Ponting to retire from all sorts of cricket he is too old to continue playing any more cricket, it is age which is in his way , he may be carried on in Test cricket for a year or two. But for ODI it is difficult for him so it good decision of Cricket Australia to keep him aside. There are many youngster waiting for a place and already some of them already showing there abilities in ODIs

  • bigdhonifan on February 20, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    Tendulkar never scored single digit scores in 5 games consecutively.

  • scorbos15 on February 20, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    Absolutely spot on Decision - totally agree with Roshini comments on the episode, that is the reason Australia is able to dominate for that long, they never care about reputations, can BCCI do this to Tendulkar? not even in dreams, that is the reason we never will be able to dominate the way Australia does! Not deviating much on the subject, thanks Ponting for all entertainment, it was great pleasure watching you every match you played, of course a pain to me as an Indian on 2003 world cup final - Please don't stay away from game, please be back in any form on Live TV !! All the best!

  • on February 20, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    The difference between Cricket Australia and all other cricket boards in world is clearly shown here. Selfless and team first is CA's motto. As a Ricky Ponting's fan, I am so upset and I have expected this. CA wants to win this tournament and want to build a strong team in 2015 world cup. Good. Hats off.

  • on February 20, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    What John Inverarity test average have to do with this really? These players and Ricky in particular was going to going call it quits. When your has come just leave. When he was replaced as captain he should have just retired. This man has been playing longer than Lara i think and he's still there. This was bound to happen. Cant have better players lying around waiting for Ricky to decide.

  • vickyrIND on February 20, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Its a good call looking at team's perspective but this will never happen in India as our board dont have that courage to do so becuase for them only the money matters not performance.

  • Mappi on February 20, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Mr Abbas there is no sentiment in Professional sport, there is no doubt that Ponting a Great Player of all time in One Days International, but every great player has to show exit door to build a team for 2015 World Cup, if we recall Australian selectors dropped Steve Waugh in 2001 after that Ponting WIN, Two World Cup's for Australia, Great Country dont sit on their laureals they Look forward for New title to Win, Where are Indian selectors???? they may learn before its too late!!!

  • on February 20, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Awesomeness staring for aussies now

  • Raj12345 on February 20, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Indian selectors & players need to learn lot from this. After scores of defeat same set of players in team, this happens only in Indian cricket.

  • No_BS on February 20, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    I think BCCI and Cricket Australia are two opposite extremes when it comes to retiring legends/veterans. CA is super practical in making decision while BCCI is super emotional. Seems like CA thinks only from the brain and BCCI only from heart. There has to be a balanced approach somewhere in between. Ponting deserved a better farewell and some of the Indian fab 4 deserve less of the royal treatment they are getting despite repeated failures (i.e. taking their places for granted). Everyone needs to keep an eye on the future and make decisions accordingly, but I do believe BCCI could use some guts and CA some heart!!

  • Aussie5566 on February 20, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    Lot of comments here said this is a wrong decision taken by the selectors.Lot of people said,that Ponting must be in the team further.This thing shows,that selectors are forcing him to retire.These comments shows,those people are wiser than selectors.

    DON'T WORRY PONTING.WE KNOW WHO ARE YOU THAN THE SELECTORS. ONE DAY THEY'LL REALIZE THEIR FAULT,BUT THEY'LL BE TOO LATE ON THAT DAY.

  • cricketcrazy555 on February 20, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    I really appreciate Australian cricket selection panel for taking bold and possitive decisions. For everything there is an end. No doubt Ricky ponting served Australian cricket immensely But, it's time to move on. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar will not be dropped from the team unless & untill..................................? ? ?

  • HLANGL on February 20, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    This is a stupid move, why such a haste in the first place ?. He should have been given the run during this entire CB series & should have been judged then only. What a shame!.

  • on February 20, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    he was the best one day players of all the tim. He needs the better treatment. Its really insulting.

  • torsha on February 20, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    This is expected. It could have been good if he had done that before by himself. Poor fellow.

  • LordOfCric on February 20, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Nobody in this world loves him more than i do, I am Pakistan supporter, but always like Australia. During past 2 years after seeing Ponting batting going downhill i knew this was going to happen. If ponting fault's nobody elses, he should have known better when to retire. He will always be a good batsman, but not a legend in my sight atleast. He has been dropped!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • playitstraight on February 20, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Poor Punter has to retire, his time is finally up. He will be remembered for that onslaught on all the Indian bowlers during the 2003 World Cup Finals though. What an innings that was, probably the best in World Cup finals!

  • jk_jac on February 20, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    guys talking about dropping Sachin don't worry, he will probably score a big one, may be his 100th, and everyone will forget all his failures, they don't give those kind of chances down under,

  • on February 20, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Ponting should have retired sensible before this move taken by selectors. Feel sorry to see Ponting was sacked for his poor performance rather he hit a ton and then retire.

  • on February 20, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    A sad ending to a legend. He stuck in there for too long. Nevertheless, thanks for the memories, Ricky and best of luck - from a SL fan.

  • Roshini on February 20, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    So many have got so hysteric over the legend being dropped. Just a reminder that every legend has a shelf life and this fantastic result oriented sporting nation Australia is not "SUB CONTINENT". They would never wanna consume anything well above expiry cause the system is so brilliantly manned, the responsible will always ensure fresh produce is on the shelf. Twelve years of absolute cricketing dominance says a lot about their work ethics and governance. Guys don't be so mad at punter 'THE LEGEND" being axed. Cricket Australia is on the move with just one aim. That is to dominate the cricket world again. So please let the Aussies mind their business and march on in their pursuit. Cricket administrators will never allow Punter to be labelled as a liability or seen as a Jayasuriya / Tendulkar of Australia. Not just a little a hell of a lot to learn from "DOWN UNDER" Roshini Vass - Homagama Sri Lanka

  • Zafar_Abbas on February 20, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    I am a Pakistani but even Pakistani board would n't have made such strange decisions... first you make an all time great an unexpected captain for the series and after a couple of games you drop him... huhhhh wats going on here?

  • thinktank1 on February 20, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    Ponting - that athletic, confident and tough guy..

  • akasavani on February 20, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    And team India will not learn. Sachin will not be asked to go!

  • on February 20, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    What a shame for the great Ponting to be sacked by John Inverarity who had a paltry test average of only 17.4! Seems to be the nature of "elite sport".

  • csowmi7 on February 20, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    @dork29 "Lara was head and shoulders above both Punter and Sachin". The fact remains that lara has scored less runs and less number of centuries at a less average than ponting and tendulkar. If lara was so adept at facing quality spin bowling he should have scored a test century in india a feat he failed at and ponting achieved. his ODI record pales in comparison to both tendulkar and ponting. If lara was so great he would have scored a double century in ODI's and held all the records. The very fact that Tendulkar tore apart bowling attacks at the age of 16 and played consistently for 21 years and Ponting has led his country to 2 consecutive world cup make them far better than lara.

  • csowmi7 on February 20, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    @dork29 you say the best eleven should take the field at all times. At the moment there is nobody in the indian team performing better than tendulkar barring dhoni and gambhir. Even the youngsters are failing miserably in conditions suitable for fast bowling. If tendulkar has a person who can fill his boots then maybe we can ask him to retire. We saw how the youngsters also failed in England(raina) and in south africa(pujara and vijay) wheras tendulkar and dravid performed.

  • SnowSnake on February 20, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    Good job, Australia. Ponting had enough opportunities to declare his retirement and he chose not to. He is struggling in all forms of cricket for years now. Even his test games are awefully slow. I think for any player to play over the age of 35, he should really be exceptional. Most 35 yo. playing for different country are not exceptional. These extended careers are making cricket a very boring and unpredictable game.

  • Jack_India on February 20, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    The Australian selection panel has some guts. Even if Sachin has ten single figure innings and the selection panel drops him, the selection panel will be fired.

  • mbu_1983 on February 20, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    he should not deserve such farewell, he should be warned and negotiated, as he serves the country quite decently, he is a champion never needs such a orderer to show him gate, he has already got his form in test, he deserves the place undoubtedly.

  • waitara on February 20, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Think of Australia with a new hungry young batsman (one of the many they produce). It is an insult to international cricket and to the Australian team to keep a player for historical or sentimental reasons. The Indians don't seem to get that. This is Test (one day) cricket; you select your best team.

  • Advanced_Donkeys on February 20, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    A legendary player he is.Not the best way to force such a player to his retirement.Sad day to Aussie cricket.

  • on February 20, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Ponting has scored 18 runs in 5 odis of this series....he deserves to be sacked

  • timtom on February 20, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    RICKY - One of the greatest batsmen of modern era also one of the best SLEDGER of all time.... Suddenly has found a big fan base with Indian community here just because they want to see Sachin bite the dust...

  • Harmony111 on February 20, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Lol, Ponting gets dropped and some people here start to ask if Sachin too should be. There is no similarity between these two players. Ponting had been struggling for the last 2 years and it was only in the last test series that he got runs. His ODI form has been wretched. Sachin, on the other hand was in fluent form in the test series and it was the overall debacle that affected his rhythm. His ODI form has not been all that bad and certainly not as bad as RP's. He could not score run in yesterday's match but he was anyways struggling with that shin injury. It is a fact that Sachin too would be gone in a few months. It is going to happen but those who want Sachin to be dropped or to retires right now on the lines of Ricky are not comparing two similar things. That said, Ricky's drop is shocking and perhaps he deserved better. Well played Ricky. You are a legend and a champion batsman. We will miss you in ODIs.

  • Gordo85 on February 20, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    If Ponting does retire he should retire from all forms to show how angry he is at being dropped. I for one don't think it is a bad choice since he hasn't done very well recently and only just found some touch in the Tests not long ago only to have that form fade quickly. Bring in youth to replace Ponting in ODI's like Ferguson and or Mark Cosgrove both of which have deserved a chance and have done nothing wrong. But if someone else from New South Wales gets the gig to replace Ponting down the track well then we will all know that Cricket Australia is rigged.

  • ramAB83 on February 20, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    very very nasty, the only cricketer who brought two worldcups home after 2000's.. its to play him atleast till the series ends.. or should have dropped him before the series.. axing inbetween the series is somewhat not good by selectors. anyway hatsoff ponting.we are with you, just enjoy the family from now.. you are always respected as a good cricketer in world history.

  • Mathew71 on February 20, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    BCCI will have to now do their part in getting the Afghanistan Team a ODI or Test status at their own expense hoping God Sachin will completethe 100th century and sit home in his own terms before making his son the junior level Captian of a Indian National Level Team.Neeta Ambani must have already signed a contract with Sachin for taking the future Indian team player(Sachin's son obviously) in IPL for the season 2016!!!!!!!NCP Leader Sharad Pawar will recommend Sachin to Indian Rajya Sabha in the next vacant NCP post from who knows where and if things go on like how the Pawar team dreams,who knows Sachin may become a State Minister in the central for Sports!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Instead of Sachin,I say the cricket fans of India should recommend a Bharat Ratna for The Real Little Master Mr.Gavaskar for doing great with the bat and killing everything himself with his own tongue.No Indian has dared to abuse and curse another Indian in the world media like how Mr.Gavaskar has.

  • timtom on February 20, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    As expected most of the people in this forum are expecting BCCI to give same treatment to SACHIN and surely most of them are INDIANS :) ...Guys.. Sachin is still the best ODI and Test player in current form for INDIA...PUNTER - the sledger- got what he deserved...

  • on February 20, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    As an ardent fan of SACHIN.. I want him to take a call as soon as possible, before its too late!!.. I HATE to see him getting out cheaply!!..I hope Rickys retirement will have a cascading effect on all the senior players in India!!

  • vertical on February 20, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    Time to drop tendulkar he is not going to be around for next world cup.Also Dravid should be dropped from Tests too old to put bat on ball.

  • rock.rockyin on February 20, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    Finally some common sense has prevailed among my fellow Indian fans to drop SACHIN... pls do that as soon as possible. 95 times out of 100 pressurized situations he fails to deliver the goods for the nation. plz sachin hand up with respect . we luv ur game.

  • on February 20, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Compare this situation with Indian cricket. Tendulkar has had an equally bad time as Ponting ever since the WC. In fact even during the WC, Tendulkar started failing as soon as the knockout stage began. But he can't even be thought of being dropped because obviously he's God.

  • on February 20, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    The most successful ODI cricketer and captain of all time. Enough said.

  • SLC-2020 on February 20, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    Sad to see one of the great players, who gave a lot to Cricket with his natural abilities and true courage ...is fading away!

  • Nerk on February 20, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Yes, Ponting is a legend. But it is time he moved on. He got a chance as a young man to build a career, to establish himself as one of the greatest players of all time. It should only be right that he steps aside and gives another young man a chance to establish themselves. The excuse that he was captain does not wash when you consider he was only captain for two games, and the stark reality is he has been out of form for a while. In the Australian team there should be no room for reputation.

  • KingOwl on February 20, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    Comments here show the attitude of Asians and Aussies - Aussies have no sentiments, they kick their legends out. Indians, Sri Lankans, they let legends hang around for an eternity. I am a Sri Lankan, but I think the Aussie approach is better, not necessarily because the legends should not get some special treatment, but because the legends often tend to be too selfish. I don't have much respect for Ponting as a person, but he was a great performer for the Aussies, no doubt.

  • Imrazf on February 20, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    India too should learn from this they too drop Sachin he is of no use now

  • azzaman333 on February 20, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Disappointing for Ponting, a true legend of the game, but he's just not the player he once was any more. It's time to move on, and along with Haddin's removal from the ODI team this is a big step forward in Australia's march back to #1.

  • on February 20, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    My team for the next match would be

    Warner Wade Watson Forrest Clarke M Hussey D Hussey Christian Harris Doherty Lee Hilfenhaus

  • Mary_786 on February 20, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    I think most comments on this blog are from non aussie supporters. As an aussie supporter i think this is a fantastic decision for the future of our team. We need to bring in youngsters such as Forrest, Khawaja, Wade and Mitch Marsh and can only do this if the veterans step aside. Most aussie fans know that Ponting was hanging around more due to financial reasons then for the team's sake and its great that this decision ahs been made for the good of Australian cricket. Indian selectors can take lessons from this.

  • Imad_K on February 20, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Undoubtedly one of the best batsmen ever. Still think he has a lot to offer. However, other countries can learn from the Aussies that no one's place is cemented in the team and people aren't in or out of a team based on politics but rather their performance.

  • on February 20, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Well done and thank you Ricky Ponting. Not the way I wished for you to go but a batsman has to make runs. It was painful to see you scratching around in Brisbane on a good wicket and a mediocre attack. The selectors made the right call for the team.

  • yuio3456 on February 20, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    long live ponting, the greatest fielder/batsmen to ever play the game.

  • RohithMedisetty on February 20, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    This article got nothing to do with Tendulkar. Why do people bring him up in every conversation. If you think Ponting is a great player thn just write about him . You don't have to compare him with Tendulkar or bash Tendulkar for not retiring. Stick to the article .

  • RAJEESHKUMAR on February 20, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    Mr Ranga Nathan, first you should suggest a good replacement for Sourav Ganguly. Let the young cricketers not the blind critcizers to force the legends a retirement. Who you think, despite good performances waiting for a place in the team?

  • on February 20, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    When will indian selectors learn & ask Sachin, Dravid, Laxman & zaheer to step down or face an axe. I remember to have read somewhere-In cricket the exit is always by a kick. How true!

  • on February 20, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    If there was clear communication from the selection panel to Ponting about where each player stood, I'am guessing he would have quit on his own if he sensed his time was up. My guess is this outcome is not what Ponting was led to believe. Bad way to go out for such a great player.

  • RAJEESHKUMAR on February 20, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    This is a reply to Ranganathan. Dont assess things blindly. Just before the current series Tendulkar and Dravid were in sparkling form. You may have agreed with the selection of Dravid in the ODI team in the England tour. VVS was not in good form, but for only three series. Ricky Ponting found some form in the test series vs India, but before that he had done nothing in two years. If Australian authorities did not care about cricketing personality, Ponting would have been dropped one yeay ago. We always have to give some time for the legends to gain form. Once they found their touch, they can match two or three youngsters together. Experience is a big factor in cricket. What do you thin k? If a player of 30+ age is in poor form for five or six matches he should be dropped at once, and players like Rohit Sharma, who is very lazy in his batting and scoring ducks almost consistently and dropping two catches in match continue in team.

  • Gizza on February 20, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Some of the overly sympathic comments towards Ponting should remember what 50-over format is all about. There is only one tournament that truly matters for ODI's and that's the World Cup. Ponting won't be there (actually a bit sad since his first WC was subcontinent 96 meaning he hsa never played in a home World Cup). But let's look India's ODI side. Tendulkar won't also be playing ODI's in 2015. He will 42 years old! By that stage, if it is possible to run 3 runs he'll probably only manage a single not to mention his fielding will get even worse. And he's achieved everything a WC win and a double hundred. Sehwag will be 36/37 so if he can regain form he could just make the 2015 World Cup. Although I would personally recommend him to also retire from one of the two major formats quite soon to focus on the other one.

  • AidanFX on February 20, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    Bit of a mess up - make him Captain; drop him a week later. Ponting had already admitted Captaining the side had taken its toll on him. Warner should have been made captain irrespective of whether selectors felt Warner was "ready or not" - that or make Mike Hussey stand in skipper. Shame for Ponting whose India Test series was statically exceptional. But his scores this series warranted the axe. Tough game

  • hnlns on February 20, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    There is an important lesson here for Indian selectors that no matter how big the individual is, the game is bigger than him. Isn't it time to apply the same thought to Tendulkar playing in ODIs ? India have to learn to move on without him, sooner the better.

  • on February 20, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    Such a great player, it will indeed be a loss to the game if he retires!

  • TheGreatBCCI on February 20, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Ponting Got a missed call from Inverarity to miss the ODI Team, What an Idea Sirjee.....

  • imransmalik on February 20, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    This end of an Era. I have spent hours watching him destroyed the bowlers around the world but then every one has to hang his shoes. I will miss him

  • on February 20, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    It's a sad day considering he failed in only 5 innings. This is ridiculous of that sort. India also has Rohit failing pretty much the same way in last 5 games... Rohit was able to cross double figures some times.. but they did not drop him. I think, Ponting was creating the correct balance. He was outstanding in fielding department. This is not good. He did everything they asked him and he captained pretty nicely in the last game. Sachin, Sehwag may be feeling the heat too but I just wish... that these seniors should be given the chance to decide that fate on their own. Selectors tell them what they expect from them in next 1 or 2 series and let person decide if they can prove they are worth in the team.

  • Baber_Baloch on February 20, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Ponting is 100 % still better than our Pak....some guys ..also some indian player (now they are almost expire) ...yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy..... pak & india don,t think about them.Please put in some fresh blood in both teams.

  • on February 20, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    this is very poor from the selector,dark day of australian cricket history,best player can't be dropped

  • on February 20, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Great player with two world cups no doubt; But he should have quitted on his own; If you see a parallel, Dravid announced retirement even when he was selected back to ODI in England--Ponting is yet to announce retirement even after being dropped-- I wish he retired from ODI graceffully

  • timtom on February 20, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Apart from tons of runs scored, RICKY is equally in famous for bad on field behaviour masquareded as "AUSTRALIAN SPIRIT" ...So what was expected ? Garland of flowers and 10 Million retirement cheque ... Aus selectors shud hav taken this call 3 yrs back... Better late than never.... For all those trying to score above sachin making statements like he scored more runs for winning cause, true, he scored all these runs with more than enough support from Lee, mcgrath , warne, gillespie who complimented by taking wickets. After 2007 , Ricky single handedly brought AUS from NO 1 to No 5 in tests, for the first time dId not qualify for World cups semis - Yeah True champion indeed. His next test series is going to be the last...Well not all are generous like INDIA....

  • on February 20, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Tough time for punter.. but im sure that he vil keep us entertaining in test matches now...

  • on February 20, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    good bye punter ur a true champion want to see u in IPL

  • Oldpunk on February 20, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    I think the selectors (and the media) have jumped to the conclusion that Oz cricket is on the way up with a bullet and we maybe No1 in all forms within 12 (-24) months. I don't things are so bright. What has changed since the Ashes loss: 1) we don't know what our top 3 should be; 2) we are not surprised when we turn on the TV and see us ate 2/26 or 3/32; 3) we have a new debate about our keeper; 4) we settled on a spinner - but know he is a rookie with promise but a lot to learn; 5) Siddle/Hilfy are probably now considered our top 2 bowlers - Cook, Trott et al feasted on those two. The English must be liking the way 2013 is shaping up - especially if Ricky Ponting is pushed into retirement. He is the only world class player we have and the only player feared by the opposition. I also think the NSA/CA are under estimating the box office pulling power that Ponting has. You want to take your kids to see Lara, Tendulkar, Ponting. (cf. Cowan, Hughes, Forrest,Marsh,Khawaja ,Ferguson et al)

  • on February 20, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Very good move. Goodbye ponting..

  • india71 on February 20, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Its better india play with associate team now

  • on February 20, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    The player of a great Australia era. It nearly brought tears into my eyes. I can't believe a fit player has been dropped.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on February 20, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    love ya like a brother punter, ..... but, Wade, Warner, Clarke, Watson, Hussey, Hussey , Forrest, Christian mate no room left. hail the legend.

  • on February 20, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Good things some day has to come to an end... you were one of the greats to watch.... Good Bye Punter

  • on February 20, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    its very early call by selectrs............................. many other players i have seen had worst slump in form and if u can give some more chances to youngsters like david warner then why not to the man who played 370 games and scored 13000 runs......... afterall everyone is equal.....and then why u gave brief captaincy to ponting...... ponting is the man who scored 30 odi hundreds and he still can score another 10...............hope this is not the end of ponting's odi carrier.

  • kallis2015 on February 20, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    punter should hang his boots now at least from odis to avoid barren run like intests which finished recently

  • on February 20, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Bye bye Ponting, you had an amazing career, 2003 WC final innings was the best.. Now tendulkar should be dropped immediately.. BCCI selectors should learn something

  • on February 20, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Indian selectors need to learn from the ACB.

    Let go of Sachin and Shewag, they are not performing and india cannot keep waiting for their once i a while magical performance.

    Give them the grand farewell.!!!

  • India1231 on February 20, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Remains a RUDE RUDE decision......He needs better farewell .......but selectors not live up to public expectation........like punter because he play less IPL and more country matches

  • ground-boy on February 20, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    This "Team-first" attitude is a good example for the sub continent. Seniors' past statistics are not an open license to continue with the selection.Blending the team for the future must be first and foremost.

  • naveenpnayak on February 20, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    A very good decision.. It shows that no one in the team can take their place for granted.. CA is know for taking bold decisions.. Where as Indian board is always afraid of taking such decisions.. No doubt Ponting was a class player..When I hear the word Ponting, I get to see his World cup Innings against india.. Man what a innings it was.. He wacked all the Indian bowlers all over the ground.. Surely he has dropped on his form with age.. but nevertheless he served his country as a true warrior.. Ponting you have done enough to make Australia proud of you.. i wish to see him be the coach of the New Australian team

  • on February 20, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Ponting is ma favorite Odi player after Dravid,,Hope that he will be a part of the test side..

  • WarVdm on February 20, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    As much as I agree that Ponting's days as an ODI cricketer are over, they should have at least left him in the squad to bow out in style at the end of the current series and let him play infront of his home crowd (Hobart) for last time. It is the least the could have done for one of the beat players of the last decade or two and someone who has brought so many great moments to Australian cricket.

  • Ponting1996 on February 20, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    The selectors should of rested him and bought him back for thefinals. Hes a champion, the best batsman aus will have ever, truly disrespectful! never the less, we will see him a dominate the west indies in tests now. Shows his quailties that he didnt even complain and took it on the chin. hes a legend and i hope the best for you PUNTER

  • karthik_raja on February 20, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    @jason79.. Negative Influence.?? Silly thinking.. Btw, India has won 2 matches in this tour and tied one with SL.. And SRT has performed in one of that match.. U SRT bashers, atleast get ur stats right(I knw u wont hv any logic anyways)..

  • on February 20, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Mr. Ricky Ponting, I loved watching you bat all through your career!! I will never forget the gem of an innings you played in 2003 WC final where you thrashed India's hopes to win that final with that astonishing 140* Do not worry of you being dropped. It's a part & parcel of this beautiful game. You have given more than 100% to Cricket Australia, of which you should be very much proud off. Somethings aren't in our hands to decide. All that we could do is to be truthful to ourselves & give our best. All the best Punter!!!

  • Busie1979 on February 20, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Thinking about it some more, the end of the tri series would have been the right time, to give Ponting the opportunity to save face and "retire". Dropping him mid series is a bit harsh. He has to go for the good of the team, and in some respect created this situation by refusing to budge, but he has been a fantastic servant to the game and should not have faced such a humiliation without prior warning. If they told him he had until the end of the series, the public could have given him the send off he deserved on home soil. Will he be retained for the West Indies tour? I think there is little point now - Australia should beat the West Indies without Ponting and it is a critical series in the build up to the Ashes. Better to get a young batsman in the team now. I guess it depends on whether he is still part of the Ashes plans.

  • on February 20, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    ponting should be rested from some ODI then again call him in FINALs of this tri series

  • on February 20, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Ponting.....no need to retire from ODI or TEST until 2013 Ashes..... this poor form is of short time ....you will over come this poor form...may be ponting plays in finals of this tri series...

  • on February 20, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    I can understand the Australian way, but, Ricky Ponting is their greatest batsman after Bradman. There are better ways to do things than the harsh way. As far as the great Tendulkar is concerned, would the Aussie selectors do the same to Bradman, if he was in place of Ponting? I bet u they would not. So no one should expect Indians to accept the same for Tendulkar. Tendulkar & Bradman are born once in 500 years folks!

  • dork29 on February 20, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    It is people like csowmi7 who are responsible for our cricket not being a meritocray. May teh best eleven represnt teh country. And right now, Tendulkar is not one of them. He should retire with dignity rather than be hauled out kicking and screaming. He has clearly outlived his utility. Lara was head and shoulders above both Punter and Sachin - he knew WHEN TO RETIRE.

  • Dashgar on February 20, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    Everyone needs to calm down. Ponting isn't going out humiliated, but he should be dropped. Ponting isn't the sort of guy to just sit back and say he's had enough if he hasn't. He wasn't going to jump ship. Now the selectors have decided the time has come, he'll accept that and move on. Everyone else needs to as well. Celebrate a great career and thats it.

  • MaruthuDelft on February 20, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    That is the difference between India and the rest of the world. India is a country of children.

  • Swamin on February 20, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    It should have been Ponting + M.Hussey. But Hussey is safe by scoring half century in the last match. Now Aus has lot of bowling options. Still Johnson, Pattinson, Siddle are expected to come back from injury or rest.

  • karthik_raja on February 20, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    I dont understand why fans in this forum always keep on calling for one head r other..?? Those who criticse Indian board for not dropping seniors, rem that BCCI has done similar thing 5 years back.. They dropped Ganguly,Dravid after the WC debacle.. U cant expect all cricket boards to act similar.. They hv their own reasoning and model to support them..

  • mmeeran on February 20, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    Ricky Ponting is the best batsmen & all time great of Australia, when he debut in 1995 since then Australia never lost a place in the world cup final (except in 2011), and he has performed well in all these mega event. He has won more matches than anyone in International level of Cricket. Australia will definitely call him back even he turned 37. He is much better batsmen than Sachin Tendulkar, his abroad record is much better than any other ODI & Test batsmen. Also a superb fileder for Kangaroos. Hats off to Ricky Thomas Ponting.

  • on February 20, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    he will come back soon....

  • GreenGoat on February 20, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    think too many ppl are using this as a forum to discuss tendulkar, let the man be... he hasnt looked any different to any other indian batsman... most of them looked completely at sea in the test series, if anything tendulkar atleast looked like he might score a big one on a few occasions... if anything, a gentleman cricketer like sachin is needed to calm the likes of kohli and some of the younger set, who act so arrogant.. all the IPL money at an early age is not too good i guess... ~ SL fan

  • zenboomerang on February 20, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    @Daniel Batt... Very illogical in saying that batsmen & bowlers are the same... Apples & oranges is a similar comparison... It can take years to get young batsmen up to international quality - if you are lucky... Bowlers are highly injury prone & who knows who will be available in 3 years time... If fully fit, both Johnson & Bollinger would be bowling today for Oz in ODI's... As would Pattinson & Cummins... Hilfenhaus & Siddle for backup... Lee, Harris, Starc, McKay wouldn't get a look in the squad... Your point?... Lost on me...

  • abhipunter on February 20, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    I am a great fan of Ricky....i will support him forever.....but still i believe dis is a great decision by CA....Ricky should not have allowed dis to happen...i cnt c u playin d way u played in this tri series....u will remain as an all time great Ricky....d best ever cricketer...atleast for me

  • czzling on February 20, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    You are a legend...mate..!

  • rish5107 on February 20, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    The actions of the Australian selectors clearly shows how practicality weighs far more in decision making than sentiments and emotions in the Australian selection process. Its a sad moment in Australian cricket because this means Ricky Ponting is denied a graceful exit in front of Australian public. I am not sure how others find this but i find this a cold hearted decision which in turn has resulted in a humiliating exit which Ricky doesn't deserve. There needs to be proper planning while executing an exit of a legend to show respect and appreciation for what he has done over the years for the country. There are times when a sentiment over weighs a practical decision. Failing to identify this leads to hurting someone's feelings significantly.

  • StoneRose on February 20, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    Aus dropping their captain midway through a series just shows how clueless their selectors are.

  • Ianbaggygreen on February 20, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    @elle119 good to read a comment from someone with some common sense. It's very unfortunate reading this news. Despite being quite sad I may never see Punter play ODI cricket again, having followed his career since debut, I take my hat of too the NSP because this decision is a bold one and imagine having to call Punter to tell him the news? Not easy by any means. Selectors have shown transparency and seriousness within their motives. Punter has unfortunately been dealt with in a way we see how fickle and tough this game is. Always a legend of the game and the maestro of Australian batting but what I still admire is how he is all about the team and how tough a character he is. I'd have no issues if he carries on with Test cricket but it certainly has it's "what ifs" which he will thinking about right now. I trust he will make the right decision and wish him all the best for this all important decision. Cheers Punter!

  • on February 20, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Pointing is A fighter And a man Still capable of making it back I will Not be Amused If He Will Return Back To The arena

  • GreenGoat on February 20, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    wow, Inverarity must be mistaking his exit from cricket (after a couple of matches, with nothing to write home abt) as the norm... i'm a SL fan, i completely dont like Ponting (because he's so good), but this guy is a true legend and after 375 matches, 3 world cups, i think he has atleast earned a farewell game... its really not the way to treat such a great player, who's done so much for aussie cricket.. i mean, they could have rested him on and off and asked him to retire or announced this at the end of the cb series... and not like the Aus young players have done blazingly well or something...

    anyway, probably only tendulakar and lara are his competition in the modern age... even so, ask an opposing team, who u fear - large majority would choose ricky cos he was so consistently dominant for most of his career....so farewell ricky, pls consider coaching SL if the job ever opens up...

  • on February 20, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Well done selectors , two time world cup winning captain axed, selections will be based on present performance not past glory, does Indian selectors has the guts to chuck out sachin ... sachin must gracefully retire, for heavens sake

  • on February 20, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    wat a great cricketer ? RICKY PONTING treat to watch never forgett his inngs services for cricket truely legend he is big player todays modren era of cricket like other greats brian lara , inzamaulhaq, dravid, ganguly,kallis,mohamamd yousef we will miss ricky ponting

  • Winsome on February 20, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    So impressed with our selectors. Well done them. And well done Punter. I'll never forget that staggering ton in the 2003 World Cup final. That is one of the highlights of his very fine limited overs career.

  • slow.mo on February 20, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    Ah! Ponting. was never ready for this day. Can't believe I won't see you taking the bails out with a direct through or pull a short ball to the boundary. Sad, really sad. Would prefer to see you leaving happily but can't blame the selectors. You had the chance to make the call yourself.

  • on February 20, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    wat a great cricketer ? RICKY PONTING treat to watch never forgett his inngs services for cricket truely legend he is big player todays modren era of cricket like other greats brian lara , inzamaulhaq, dravid, ganguly,kallis,mohamamd yousef

  • smudgeon on February 20, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    ...and I can't remember who mentioned it below, but Alan Border did get a farewell match in the form of a just-for-kicks testimonial match. I think it was the one where Zoe Goss clean bowled Brian Lara, and Fatty Vautin took a screamer.

  • on February 20, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Not happy about it Not far

  • MisterObvious on February 20, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    As a selector, Inverarity is invariably proving himself a rarity.

  • csowmi7 on February 20, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    there is no point in comparing tendulkar and ponting. Before this series tendulkar has been in sparkling form. He was one of the top run scorers in the world cup whereas ponting only scored in the QF match. Not to mention his 200*. Ponting has not been even close to tendulkar's form and hasn't looked like getting runs at all. Even in this series Tendulkar has failed only in three matches and scored 48 against sri lanka. Unlike Australia where everyone is currently performing ie ( wade, warner, clarke, the hussey bros, forrest and now watson who is returning) ponting doesn't make the cut. This is not the case with India where nobody besides dhoni and gambhir is performing.

  • smudgeon on February 20, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    Giving players a farewell match sends a bad message: that certain people are bigger than the team, or worse, bigger than cricket. No one is. Ponting wouldn't expect the selectors to do that, in fact I imagine he would probably find it fairly insulting. The current selectors & Inverarity have made it clear that performance is the key. Ponting has had a poor run in ODIs, therefore he's been dropped for the final matches. I can't imagine he would pull a Katich (hey, let's make it a phrase, people!) about that :) Let's just remember his good performances in pyajamas - I'm quite fond of his innings in the 2003 WC final where he knocked 140 odd including quite a few brutal sixes. Sublime stuff.

  • Punter-Fan on February 20, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    WE WILL MISS YOU PUNTER....its a rude decision.....i taught the way OZ farewell their legends been an example for the rest of the cricket world countries but not anymore....Australia always been my #1 cricket team but not anymore & i hope australia will lose the series....

  • PradeepR on February 20, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Damn!! I think time is drawing very near for Sachin and Sehwag too, but didn't expect this as soon as Australia gave a sound thumping to India under his captaincy in the last ODI.

    I think they should have given him one more ODI to retire. This is not good.

  • whyowhy on February 20, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    Most of the posts supportive of Ponting seems to be from the Indian fraternity, I suppose this is only to vindicate the presence of Tendulkar in the Indian team. Taking nothing away from both these great players it is time to move on. The difference in mentality between the australian selectors and their indian counterparts is very obvious - give me the australian mentality anytime, anywhere - you cannot hinder the progress of young talent for sentimental reasons.....let's move on even at the price of losing a few matches but keeping the future in mind.....Bravo the australian selectors.

  • on February 20, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Australia plays Cricket, the game, while India plays Cricket, the POLITICS !! Oz loves the TEAM-game and work for TEAM-success, while India does HERO-WORSHIP, aims/loves/works for INDIVIDUAL-GREATNESS, and tries to GODDIFY, Tendulkar, thus putting pressure on him at the same time, NOT MINDING THE TEAM-DISASTERS. It is high time India comes out of the darkness and start seriously looking for and developing a few young WOULD-BE-TENDULKARS, letting the Cricket-God rest for 1-2 years. And once India regains its #1 spot in Test as well as ODI, the God can come out and score his 100th ton. No hurry and requirement for that right now !!!

  • dsig3 on February 20, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    I dont see whats so sad about this. One of my favorite players of all time who served his country so well. He was still fighting to the end, never gave up. This is an honorable way to go. I would hate to see him given a farewell match. If he is not good enough then why should he play. His recent struggles do not befit the legend. Thats the way of cricket in Aus.

  • krovvidy on February 20, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    Inverarity is setting an example. Only consistent performers count. A message being sent to team who carry Antique players in their squads!

  • on February 20, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Good bye (in ODI's) to one of the all time Aussy greats !!! You inflicted so much pain to your opponents but I am sure all of us are saluting you at this time. Hope we can still see you torment oppositions in test arena for another few years. All the best !

  • santoshjohnsamuel on February 20, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    I've loved Ponting's game, i've loved the energy he brings into his cricket, i would have loved to see him go on his own without being pushed, but i continue to marvel at the manner in which Aussie cricket sets aside emotions and sentimentality when it comes to matters like these. Taylor, Waugh and now Ponting.

  • Harishonthemic on February 20, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    @jonesy2: one series loss and you are talking of dropping the entire team?! Aren't the touring team supposed to be the "best" of the [sic] immense depth of talent that the poms got? If world cricketers are dropped after a series loss, there would not have been a Sachin, Lara, Ponting, Kalis, or a Cook. Ricky Ponting is among the best a generation of cricket lovers have seen. Wishing that he continues his regained form in test cricket and entertain us as he always did.

  • elle119 on February 20, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    @Steven Drake, what makes you think that Ponting was aiming for the statistics of Tendulkar or Dravid. At no point in his career (at least not for the period in which I have followed cricket), has Ponting, to me, played like he was wanting just to pad his average or achieve milestones. And by using a "slash" in between class and stats, I assume you equate the two terms on equal footing. In my opinion, Ponting's class as a cricketer is in no way inferior to that of Tendulkar or Dravid; they are all equally classy batsman, particularly at the height of their careers. Your comment makes me think that you only watch or follow cricket for the mindless sixes and abhorrent "cricket" featured in T20's. On another note, @VinodGupte, the reason that Ponting was persisted with for two years previously was probably because a) he was captain and b) (arguably most importantly) that was a completely different (and inferior) selection board. New selection panel equals new policies I guess?

  • Ameega on February 20, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    This is very bad move. He should have been told in advance and deserve a farewell match. I was never a punter fan, but used to enjoy his great stroke play during the recent tests. I always believed he is due few good knocks towards the end of the CB series, now they won't happen.

  • Techsters on February 20, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    Goodbye..thanks for the memories; some were particularly painful as an India cricket fan. Indian selectors should take a cue. I would hate to see Tendulkar drag his career and go out kicking and screaming. He should exit gracefully.

  • VillageBlacksmith on February 20, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    I hope ponting is still kept in the next ashes side tho!! hes a walking wicket...

  • KiwiRocker- on February 20, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    This is the difference between a truely fine batsman and impostors...This is the difference between Australia and the rest. Australian selector make hard calls and only care about the team. Ponting is one of the best batsmen of modern era along with Brian Lara, Inzemam, Dravid etc. It is a lesson for Indian selectors who can not drop Tendulya who has done nothing of note. Actually, Tendulya has won nothing of note during his 22 yrs career unlike Ponting. Australia's second XI without Johnson, Cummings, Watson, Clarke etc is hammering India and SL. Australia is still the top ranked team in the world atleast in ODI and surely top four in test matches along with SA, Eng and Pak...Gods and Walls on paper can not be compared to a true legend like Ponting!

  • obstreperous on February 20, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    I will miss Ricky's gamemanship and hardness on the field but this was a well-timed on-drive from the selectors. At least he finished with another win as captain.

  • Adoh on February 20, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Ricky Ponting, an absolute Legend! That will never change. Not surprising to see him hold on til the end - and it shouldn't have come as a surprise to anyone really. Ricky is a fighter and he never ever gave in, against all odds and despite the negativity of others. IMHO is the most deserving of respect for a sportsman and entertainer I have ever had the pleasure to watch.

  • on February 20, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    No words to explain this ! who can forget the 2003 world cup final innings ..... shown his real class, Ricky Ponting. I expect another great JH kallis to take retirement from international cricket on his prime before he wil be treated like Mohammed Yousuf, Ricky Ponting etc. :(

  • on February 20, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    I am not too sure if CA really values it's players. I remember how Allan Boader was shown the door. Same way for Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh. At least CA should have given them a farewell match to bid farewell to fans and vice versa. After all there are certain values you need to have whatever the level you are in!

  • Haleos on February 20, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Hope the Indian selectors learn from this. Of course they wont. They are gutless.

  • on February 20, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    One of the greatest no doubt , good luck Ricky!

  • on February 20, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    No its not good but in this condition every body finger up on Ricky Coz he is out of form after WC

  • on February 20, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    This is so much like the Aussies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ravikb on February 20, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    I really, really hope that Sachin announces retirement from ODI cricket instead of being dropped. I can't see that.

  • on February 20, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Australia has done this type of thing (dropping Mark Waugh and Steve Waugh) It helps the Team very much. India has done this for Ganguly but what about Laxman/tendulkar/Sewag/tendulkar/rahul.

    Sewag thik he has played lots of cricket,i dont think he he fit for playing cricket. not only cricket but any game. And then The great Sachin Tendulkar, it does not matter for him Whether India win or not The most importent is 100th 100. last one year in which matches he maid 100 india lost the matches.

  • Gupta.Ankur on February 20, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    Ponting was never the same player once the burden fell on him to carry on the legacy of mcgrath/warne/gilly/hayden and win matches for australia.

    He crumbled under pressure and if it had not been for india's "buffet" bowling his test career would have been ended as well this summer.

  • fahim12 on February 20, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    I think its a good decision taken by the australian crkcet board, after all there are many youngsters waiting for their chance, so its fair enough. Ricky Ponting should get back his form by playing some domestic cricket and proove his place in ODI squad........!

  • yajnasanuuna on February 20, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    The game is bigger than an individual player. Bravo! Aussies. Wish Indian selector would take a cue form it. It is about time to send the senior players packing including Tendulkar. The Indian selectors like the Indians in general have too much hero worshiping..that is why the dismal results at the test level on foreign soil. A country of 1.2 plus billion could not find a championship caliber test team of eleven players?

  • on February 20, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    It i a warning for all great players who are not playing welll for their country. It is high time to drop Sachin Tendulkar from Indian cricket tead

  • ramesh5 on February 20, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Good Bye, Ricky, you could have avoided this humiliation of being dropped. You should have retired voluntarily like the way the Don, Waugh and others before you in Aussie Cricket did. You would always be remembered for the way you batted particularly I remember the innings you played against India in the World Cup Final in South Africa. Why don't you tell Sachin to retire gracefully? He does not realize that he is no longer the Batsman he was 5 years ago. I fell hurt, that Sachin is spoiling and damaging his image as a great batsman. People will remember his failures in the last 2 years rather than his greatness. Let Dravid and Laxman also go with him, not because they cannot bat but Indian Cricket has to build for the Future. These 3 greats are standing in the way of India's future.

  • natasrik on February 20, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    Good to know that a decision has been made to drop Ponting from the next 2 matches. Mark my words Ponting will be back if TEAM AUSTRALIA qualify for the best of three finals. Infact Australian top players always perform when it matters in particular in finals and knock out stages which Ponting has done time and again in the recent past. If that happens Ponting could be playing for the last time in ODIs.

  • jason79 on February 20, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Wished our very powerful BCCI had the same Guts to boot out Tendulkar from the ODI team ....Funny, the only match India won in this Triangular series was the one in which TGendulkar was not playing , the moment he came back ...back to defeats ....guess he is got soem negative influence on the team and its performance ...

  • on February 20, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    Australian selectors are epitome of impatient bunch of guys. Well John has made a terrible decision here. Well if moving on is the correct word then it should apply in test cricket also. Well Australian selectors didn't have the guts to drop ricky out of tests when he was not in prime form till recent border gavaskar trophy because they knew that they dont have even half as gud palyer as ricky. Sheer disrespect to a great player.

  • on February 20, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    now aussie team is experinece less..ponting was the only expeirenced person in the iteam....

  • straight_drive4 on February 20, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    Not sure what the future holds for him, but boy oh boy has he given us HEAPS of excitement over the years - none better than the 2003 world cup final. I've seen that innings countless times and the look on zaheers face as he was getting taken to school was priceless. Well done punter - you are a legend.

  • on February 20, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    "Blessing in disguise" with Shane Watson in and Ponting Out the Aussie batting lineup looks ever so deadly.

  • sandy_bangalore on February 20, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    Great player! Now will the Indian selectors man up and drop the passenger who goes by the name of Tendulkar??

  • on February 20, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    i think every rise has a fall but he was better off going by himself like Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Gillispie and Glen Mcgrath but he chose to leave not at his peak and with respect but he ended up his ODI-career with shame...... i wanted him to end up his career at the top but he forced this to happen.....so bad luck....

  • on February 20, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Best of luck to you Ricky for the life ahead. GREAT BATSMAN ! GREAT CRICKETER ! I do however agree with the selectors. Absolutely no player should be beyond omission if he is not playing well enough. If a player, however good, overstays his welcome the selectors have to step in. Retirement is the player's right, but a guaranteed place in the side cannot be. I admire the Aussie selectors for having the spine to make this tough decision.

  • on February 20, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    A great player, and as determined as they come- yet that same determination and belief blinds him to his own regression as a player. If he is given the chance to leave "on his own terms" it will sadly take a hearse and a coffin. It is part of what makes him great, but will also not let him depart on his own terms

  • on February 20, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    Sad to see such a ODI great as Ponting dropped but it would have been worse still to retain him after such a bad run of single-digit scores. If yesterday's game was his last ODI game, I'm glad that he bowed out not only as part of a victorious team but, as it turned out, its captain. He was such an authoritative ODI batman and leader, and he remains a superb fielder.

  • on February 20, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Well was surprised to see few comments.. Guess though he might have hit some form in Test but he clearly is struggling in One days as evident from the recent matches he played. I guess this is where Aussie Cricket board stands out as compared to BCCI. They want to plan for future team and take team before individuals unlike how it is happening here in Indian Cricket team..

  • Vincent49 on February 20, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    I felt sick in the stomach when i heard on the radio today.

  • jalindra_shirasgavkar on February 20, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    it never happens with indian players especiaally seniors..make 1 fifty or 100 and play 10-15 matches

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on February 20, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    The right decision. If Ponting is going to continue as a Test player he can't do both at his age. Just a shame that he has gone out on a run of low scores as the TRIPLE World Cup winner has been one of the true greats of ODI's. Thanks for the memories , Ricky. Especially in the 2003 final. Magical innings.

  • on February 20, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Painful to know...have seen many great innings of him. Though, he was looking off colour, what we will do to our great Guns!

  • on February 20, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    He was given many chances in the series, but he hasn't capitalized on them. CA is acting like a professional body, which is good to see. I would rather say the CA has put an end to Ponting's misery, by dropping him from the squad. Country should always come before individuals and decisions like these will keep Australian players always on their heels, which is good for Australian cricket. BCCI are you watching ??? Oh, I am sorry, I forgot that you not a professional body!!!

  • pradave17 on February 20, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Ponting is a classic player. but seems the Aussie selectors want a strong team, rather keeping experienced players. thats a good idea and Ponting will agree with them. I hope Indian selectors do have the same idea. Sachin seems play for another few years to collect his hundreds.

  • on February 20, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    Not a good way retire ODI cricket, He should have step down after WC 2011

  • on February 20, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    @Mister Obvious: as usual, you've said what needed to be said, & said it well: an average of 3.6 & a strike rate of 27 is simply untenable in 21st century ODI cricket. Can't say I'll miss Ponting much - as he was a mediocre captain, a very poor sportsman & set a pretty atrocious example to his younger team-mates, behaviour-wise - but, yes, he was undoubtedly a legend. If he's not part of Australia's plans for the 2013-14 Ashes marathon, NOW is the time to bed in another middle-order batsman like Khawaja or Forrest. Perhaps this was the canny Inverarity's way of letting him know that if he doesn't walk the Test plank, he'll be pushed sooner rather than later...

  • dork29 on February 20, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    This is why Australian cricket is what it is. A thorougly professional outfit, which never really ha s a 'slump'. They always put tehgame before the individual. No one is greater than the game. Austalia strongly believes that 'winning is not everything, it is the only thing. The question is not about sentiment. If you are wearing the national colours, you need to deserve it; second, wear them with pride. India, being an emotional country, is more attached to individuals, even though they are well beyond their prime. Tendulkar and Sehwag would do well to understand that they meed to 'earn' their places in teh side. Teh national selectors would also do well to borrow a leaf from Australia. These guys do not bat well and leak runs by the bushels while fielding. Why does India need them? Sehwag could probably continue for a while, but Sachin should hang his boots from all formats of the game. Immediately.

  • manav599 on February 20, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    He had to go out soon. I was half expecting retirement at the end of series but he didnt get the chance. Its bad to see such great players going out on a bad form but thats the part of game. Many people would love to watch him play and play forever but it never happens. Nice NSP though, they have a strong stand on their descisions. Anywhere else in the world, you just wait and pray for great players to decide its their end but Australian Selectors decide for their own. Good Bye to Ricky Ponting and best of luck in test cricket.

  • on February 20, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    Strange you can never write your own script. Having said that I did feel that Warne, McGrath , Gilchrist and even Hayden handled their retirements better. I really think Australia have been hasty. It is true Ponting has been struggling, maybe he was jaded. Maybe his reflexes are no longer as good as they were a few years ago. But to treat the winner of two world cups and the most successful one day captain like this is sad. They could have at least let him play at the MCG , one final game which could have been his retirement and I am sure 90,000 people would have come to wish him goodbye. He will always symbolize the never say die spirit of Australia, tremendous work ethic and someone who would give his life for his country. Bye Ricky. Take up golf. You will always be a champion. ramanujam sridhar

  • timtom on February 20, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    Adieu PONTING...Some solace from the fact that his last ODI was against INDIA, the team who he bludgeoned the most in AUS. Again he has only INDIA to thank for his extended test career... Some superlative ODI knocks, highest ODI scorer in 2000`s , 2 world cups as captain ..What more someone can ask for...SALUTE !!!!

  • OZrocks_forca_barca on February 20, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    you should have given him atleast one chance....but im sure he will be back some day to play his final ODI...and i wish he will continue playing test for as long as 2 yrs from now....you are the man...greater than greats....nobody can replace you punter...as true fan of yours, i say even sachin doesnt match your caliber as a cricket player, not just only as a batsman....allll haillll ponting the great!!!!!

  • on February 20, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    They have a point, its International Cricket, not some club side. He will still get test matches

  • Kazzmiii on February 20, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    time for BCCI to take the same action against Sachin Tendulkar in 50-over format.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on February 20, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    australia needs ponting nd his experience bcoz their team is relativly new to internatnl crikt...except for clarke,hussey nd lee.. why does india need sachin in odi ? like dhoni said he is slow in the feild and leaks runs too..

  • cricaddict11 on February 20, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    Ricky Ponting is a Cricketer that i hate so much as he scored against srilanka so heavily in the past. But should say this he is a really nice cricketer with a great attitude. Sometimes i was furious with sri lankan team as why can't they have such attitude. Ponting was a great character in the field and off the field.He did play for his country everytime he bat and field. Anther thing to be mentioned, Eventhough he was the captain of the team that won WCs 2003,2007, he was a part of legendary teams. Hayden, Gilchrist, Mcgrath, Warne, Symonds were part of those teams so his capabilities in captaincy was not tested fully. Any way he is a great player. Great batsman, Great fielder. All the best for his future. I really like to see him score a hundred and declare his retirement. Then people will remember this wonderful cricketer more in the future

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    DISGRACE! The selectors sit through what were, to be honest, useless test match performances from Usman Khwaja and for the most part Phillip Hughes and then drop one of the greatest of all time after a bad series. This will hurt the team alot more than it will help. Ricky will be back.

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    We thought only the subcontinent Cricket Boards were crazy about rushing towards the future and loosing the grasp of the present truth. Well, with Australia joining the club, it seems that all the cricket's governing bodies are harmoniously irrational.

  • goldenfish on February 20, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    Big Loss for Australia. I request for selector of Australian National Team please give a chance for ricky for prove He is God Of Cricket.

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    So the time has come for Punter because he's too old, and they have an eye on 2015.

    Which explains why Ryan Harris (35 at the time of the next World Cup) is back in the squad for Mitchell Starc (25 at the time of the next World Cup).

    Drop him all you want, Inverarity, just don't try and convince us it has to do with an 'eye on the World Cup'.

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    I also feel sory for Ricky. But it is the fate one have to face a day. He was a great player and he will remember for long time.

  • haysam on February 20, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    It is painful to see Ponting going out of the team this way. I suggest to all great players to please learn to take decision at the right time. They can save themselves from humiliation of this kind where you are forced to get out of the team. Always take the example of legendary IMRAN KHAN as he got retired when he was at his peak after winning a 1992 world cup. He actually offered retirement in 1989 after a successful WI tour but he was requested by the whole Pakistan to stay further which he accepted. The similar situation arose for Tendulkar and Dravid after winning 2011 world cup but they still wanted to stick to the team. If they had announced their retirement after WC 2011, that would be the most graceful exit of any player in the history of cricket but they have lost this chance. TIMING IS VERY IMPORTANT in any players career.

  • MWaqqar on February 20, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    It is a big tragedy. Cricket would not be the same.

  • mjrvasu on February 20, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    I like Inverarity's comments "...In elite sports, there is no room for sentiments". BCCI should learn this principle, and take firm action on dropping non-performing senior players. Time for India to cap youngsters for future.

  • blogcricketlovers.blogspot.com on February 20, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    He is a great batsman but missed timing this time completely! Ponting should have retired just after the test series against India when he was on high. Anyway, this is the beginning of the end of an era!

  • mritunjai on February 20, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    The best batsman i have ever watched will be missed in the colored. Yes he is greater than Sachin, purely because of this reason. Sachin has never ever experienced the pressure of being dropped. Even in poor form of this series everyone is lobbying for Sachin to be playing in every match. Good luck Ponting, the most misunderstood cricketer in India.

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Though I'm a Srilankan I'm a great fan of Ponting. I have not seen Bradman and Viv richards but i'm watching cricket from 1990 and i can say that there is no international players except Brain Lara can be compared to this legend not even so called Sachin. Runs which he has scored made clearly helped the Team Australia to win. there is no point in making century and getting out when the team need. A fifty which helps To win is greater than a century which not helps the team to win. I really dont want ponting to retire at this time he should come back to the team and i'm sure he will again entertain us in limited over cricket to. RICKY WE WANT TO SEE YOU BATTING AGAIN IN ODI

  • class9ryan on February 20, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    Cricket Australia should look 2wards 2015 WC and hence Ponting needs 2 b out & with d current form he deserves 2 sit out & its time for others 2 perform and showcase their talent ....................................... ***** With Watson back its a wake-up call for David Warner 2 unleash himself & perform or else even he would be axed as Ponting. It may affect his Test Spot as well. *****

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on February 20, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    australien selectors should hav allowed him to continue till the end of this series... iam an indian , but also a big fan of punter..class act, best in the feild and defenitily one of modern crickets greats...its a bit sad he has to go out like this.. LOVE U PUNTER , u r the best..

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Ponting is awesome as. But i think he should stay on the Test Level and possible retire from ODI. In test form he is in great form, But he should use this dropping as rest and relaxing looking towards the West Indies Test tour.

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    just for matches.. punter is dropped because of bad form and rotation... he will be back in later matches... :) :) :)

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Arthur expects Ponting to make the kind of comeback he did in Tests easlier in the summer. "Ricky is a class act, there is no way you can write off a champion like Ricky Ponting," he said. "He faced those same issues around the first couple of Test matches, and he came through the Test series, had a great series against India, and I hope he turns it around tomorrow." why not these things applied on sachin tendulkar bcoz he is not only class act, he is masterclass,whose carries all excptation from indian people throught out the year,people wants to see him in ground if they bat well or not.he have great carrier.he wants to enjoy cricket lout more,as a senior ,as a coach, as a mentor,he is super hero from india we always like to see him in ground and hope he turns it around

  • Precioustar84 on February 20, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    wow!! Wonder when this kind of news will happen for Sachin who I also respect but if you're not delivering, you've GOT to go! Right message to any player and definitely its for the betterment for a team's future. No spot should be taken for granted. Good for you CA. @Sachin/VVS/Laxman - Take notes! Don't let this happen to you! Bow out before you get kicked out!!

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Can India take such a brave decision when it comes for Sachin??? It's time to move on without Sachin. This 100th century is just becoming overhypped nowadays. Yes, probably he can make his 100th century.....probably within next 5 matches or 50 matches. But it is time to move on wothout him. He has given enough.

  • Malti65 on February 20, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    Why are we spending so much money of foreign coaches and support staff ? Cant we hire the Australian Selectors? I mean it will solve many problems including Ishant and some seniors.

  • kp289 on February 20, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    if that is the case then even tendulkar should be dropped!!!!.... tendulkar is having a bad time time... time for bcci to learn frm CA..!!!

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    bcci should learn from the aussies they have dropped out of form ponting who was in good form in tests why cant bcci drop sachin for not performing its better to drop him than to make him play he is not a good fielder so time has come to replace sachin with a youngster in odis.................

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    @All who want Sachin dropped (especially Mr.Rakesh)

    Check the records for past two years... Dropping out a player from the squad is not a decision taken after studying a player's performance in the last 5 or 10 innings, but after studying last 18 months or so... And Ricky Ponting, as everyone knows, hasn't exactly been among runs for the last 2 years or so... In a way, the Australians waited for quite a long time before axing him, which, infact, was quite uncharacteristic of them! A lot of Australian experts and critics wanted CA to do it about 3 months back, after the NZ Series... So stop talking about CA being brave and all... And ya, Mr. Rakesh, you mentioned that we need to drop Sach right now, and not give Him a chance to score tons back home on dead tracks! Well, that's the silliest thing I have ever read!

  • Harry_Kool on February 20, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    As much as I have enjoyed the Pontiff over all these years, his time had come. He can & will still cut in test matches, his fielding is of the highest order, but time to look to the future, especially 2015 world cup. As hard as it seems, the tough calls need to made. Are you taking note, Indian selectors?

  • Punter-Fan on February 20, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    WILL MISS YOU PUNTER....... Its not the way to treat a legend like that...shame on NSP & that old man Inverarity.....I am not a supporter anymore of australia team....hope Australia lose the series.....

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Farewell to the great Ricky Ponting!!! Good luck mate! Good bye (in ODI's) to one of the all time Aussy greats !!! You inflicted so much pain to your opponents but I am sure all of us are saluting you at this time. Hope we can still see you torment oppositions in test arena for another few years. All the best !

  • here2rock on February 20, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Come on Indian selctors, lean from the Australian selectors. Nobody should be above the national interest. Indian selectors allow too many seniors, non performers and pensioners in the side.

  • Chris_P on February 20, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    @ Steven Drake. Not the class or stats of those 2? So 3 World Cups, twice as an unbeaten Captain means nothing? And when did these other 2 play an innings like the 2003 final against India? You show your TOTAL lack of knowledge for this great game.

  • jakigui on February 20, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    A GREAT PLAYER!!! LEGEND!!! WELL ANY WAY THAT IS THE END OF THE LINE!! ALL THE BEST PUNTER!!!

  • NathanSims on February 20, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    An absolute champion. Along with Lara and Kallis he's easily been the best going around. Would've been good to see him go out on his own terms after tri series.

  • Tysonlanka on February 20, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    Pointing is great world class player. he has won many pressure games in ODI'S & TEST, he just do not score for his personal mile stones but always go for the team's performance. Aussi will be loosing a big game player. He should have been given a farewell match,,, but this is how Aussi cricket works. This is good lesson for Sri Lanka & India, we keep on playing none performing players. if Mahela was a Aussi he would have lost his place in the team long time ago.

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Even Krishna, Jesus and Rama were gods. Finally in this world everyone should die when he is born on this Earth. At present, Ponting is far better in form than Sachin Tendulkar. I dont know why BCCI let people to grow above the game like giving the statements, 'Sachin will go when he wants to". He will not. Who would retire from a job that has earned Name, Fame and Money. What suffers is Indian Cricket. Today even the legendary Kapil Dev has asked Sachin, Dravid and Laxman to retire for the betterment of Indian Cricket. What is wrong?! Dhoni has to be axed from Test side and captaincy for being Partisan and giving negative vibes in the team by doubting his availability at the wrong time. Indian team is suffering from bad fielding by Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir. There is a rift in the team. BCCI has to show some guts to drop Sachin and Dhoni immedietely from the team.

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Ricky Ponting, you deserve all the applause, thanks for entertaining us for all these years. You are truly a legend! There is no one who could replace you NOT EVEN PUP! A great fighter, a great batsman of our era and a great team-mate. I would like to take the honour of thanking you on behalf of whole Pakistani nation for providing us with the greatest and joyous moments of cricket. I just wish that you were born in Pakistan so that we could have been proud of a batsman like you. Champ, you shall be missed!

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Not a nice way to treat the guy. Ricky, Clarke is unfit - will you captain the team for a couple of games? Oh you know what, you're out from the team. Jeez. Reminds me of how BCCI treats Dravid from time to time.

  • Karanmsays on February 20, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    I feel for Ponting. Don't see him playing for the ODI team ever again. Despite my acute hatred towards him, I still think he's easily one of the most classiest and competitive batsmen ever. "In elite sport there's no place for sentiment", says Inverarity. Harsh, but totally true. Hope that he at least gets to bow out from Test cricket on his own terms. That said, we Indians needn't worry about Sachin's fate given his poor form (by his own high standards) off late. Our selectors don't have half the spine that Inverarity does. Thank you Ponting, and shine on Sachin!

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    We are missing Yovaraj in the middle order. The great fielder and part time bowler and excellent batsman.

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    yes he is not in a good form, but selectors should give him a chance in this triangular series.

  • KushanS on February 20, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    The exclusion of Ponting is not the correct thing. Every cricketer has a slump in their carriers once in a while but quality players come out of it. He showed the same in the Test match series. Also the exclusion of Mitchell Stark is stupid. Now they dont have a left arm pacer in their squad. No Mitchell Jonson, Dirk Nannes or Doug Bollinger. With the inclusion of Watto,who is also a right arm pacer Stark should have been retained.....

  • ausfor4 on February 20, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Farewell to the great Ricky Ponting!!! Good luck mate!

  • VinodGupte on February 20, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    i don't get it. he was going through a lean patch for over two years and he was persisted with. and now that he hit some sort of form in tests, he is dropped from the ODIs without giving him a chance to retire gracefully. agreed, he has been playing bat cricket in ODIs, but that big score was just around the corner, wouldn't you say? a legend such as ponting deserves to bow out when the crowd is on its feet.

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    HAHAHAH!!! deserved it!! he got owned!!!!! will not reach the class/stats of Ten/drav!! HAHAHA

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    He will surely make a comeback in the squad. Too good player to be left out for long. When he is not in the team the opposition gets added moral advantage. Same implies for Sachin as well you all his haters.

  • KarachiKid on February 20, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Good bye (in ODI's) to one of the all time Aussy greats !!! You inflicted so much pain to your opponents but I am sure all of us are saluting you at this time. Hope we can still see you torment oppositions in test arena for another few years. All the best !

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Captain one day and out of the team the other.....sad end to an illustrious career.

  • Yolk_eater. on February 20, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    Good move by the selectors. Feel sad for Ponting, but it was time. I just wish he had retired gracefully

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    Indian selectors do not have guts to do this for its elite players when their form is not good.

  • yescric on February 20, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    I believe it is time for Tendulkar as well to move on(retire)....

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    "SACHIN IS KING OF KINGS. THE BEST BATSMEN THERE IS, THE BEST THERE WAS & THE BEST THERE EVER WILL BE..."

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    Sachin should also be shown same route by BCCI.

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    thanx god .. finally ponting kick off from australian side , australian selectors doin gud job

  • Rakesh_Sharma on February 20, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Lesson for indian selectors. They can never take strong decision. Atleast follow others. Tendulkar is a much senior player playing for 23 years. On the other hand Ponting started in 1995. He is more agile on the field . How come Indian selectors think of transition even when Tendulkar will be in 40th year in 2 months. Just kick this guy out along with Dravid,Laxman from all international cricket. If these guys are allowed to play in India again they will score centuries on dead tracks and keep place for more years. Just get rid of them.

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    That's why australia is no 1 team.. nice example for indian selectors how to select a team

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    @Indian Team Selector: Learn from Australian National Selector..!!!

  • PallathZ on February 20, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Way to go Australian selectors.Ricky Ponting is already a legend. Sometimes these great sporstment aren't sure when their time is up.World cup winning captain & an exceptional cricketer.His innings in 2003 world cup final will be remembered. He should have bid adieu to one day & concentrated only on Test cricket.

    This should be a lesson to Indian selectors. Sehwag and Tendulkar should face the music.Drop them.There should be no place for Non performers.I'm not sure why Sachin chose to play one day cricket especially after the World cup high & more so when he picks and chooses this format. Give youngsters like Rohit Sharma,Tiwari,Kohli,Raina an extended run.Remember that Sachin scored his first 100 after about 75 matches odd.!!

  • wix99 on February 20, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    It's sad to see the end of Ponting's ODI career, but hopefully some new young batsmen will now get a chance. The selectors' choice of Peter Forrest has been shown to be a good one. I also think George Bailey and Aaron Finch deserve a chance in the ODI team.

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Now please BCCI u also needs to take some serious decision like ACB did in dropping their god Ponting ...... Rohit in cb series 21,10,33,15,0 ...... no 50's.... g8 Sachin 8,48,15,3 no 50's Raina 4,24,38,8,28 no 50's ...

    Dhoni is playing superb n u can't blame failures of these 3 guns over his shoulder .... his scores are very decent 56,58,44,4,29 ...... do some rotation in middle order try someone in next match as Dhoni is unavailable.....

    Ricky should be given 1 more chance to do a good farewell..... he deserves a chance

  • goldenfish on February 20, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    Its very pain full decision for Ponting & me. I always sow Ponting as better then any other. i m very frustrating this decision. i requited for Australasian selector plz give a chance for Ponting to prove thaT HE IS GREAT...

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    deserve it........ like it

  • Arun0010 on February 20, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    this was coming after a lean patch , hope this is not the end for him . he deserves a farewell match ...

  • Rick777 on February 20, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    What if i was the wrong decision Mr. Inverarity???

    Who is John Inverarity to make such comments on an all time great like Punter. It's so funny on how a person who has played only 6 test matchers scoring at 17.40 could speak so. What a joke.

    I'm a Srilankan and used to hate Punter, as he did murder us when he played against us. But I rate Punter as one of the greatest ever to play the game. Also not to forget that he is a world class fielder and won 3 World Cups which 2 were as the leader.

    We are lucky now that he won't be playing against us again. My feeling was that, he was just one game away from blazing to another super performance. All great players do so.

    I hope Punter gets a farewell game as all great players did. Cricket Australia as usual, keeps on making the same blunders.

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Sachin and Sehwag should get the same treatment. No one is bigger than the team and the game.

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    I think Indian selector lisetening and should take lesson from Australian. hats of to aussie NSP. WOW..

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Its sad to hear this. Ponting is all time great. Selectors should have shown more respect to him. But then this is australia..

  • sona88 on February 20, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    I think CA proved once again that they stick to only future and not in sentiments. This has to be definitely followed by BCCI too in dropping sachin/sehwag both flops in ODI so far.

    If sachin scores a 100th ton and if India don't qualify for the finals, will sachin retire. If so then I want that to happen ASAP.

    Tiwary/Pujara/Badrinath/and many can come into Indian team and show some of their talents.

    Similarly I want india cricket to look nto fast nbowlers beyond Zaheer/Sreesanth. Bring more bowlers, do bowlers rotation policy than batting.

    Enuf is enuf, sachin is no more required by this team.I salute his acheivements but this is the right time to bye his fans.

  • Sobat on February 20, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Its so sad and we will Miss this great player for sure... and We will always remember him just not for his runs... for his sportsmen ship over the years as well ..... Wish him all best and what he intends to do with his future... All Sri Lanken fans will mis u for sure ..

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    Indian selectors should learn something from their aussie counterparts. Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar must go, whether they like it or not.

  • Rick777 on February 20, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    Who is John Inverarity to make such comments on an all time great like Punter. It's so funny on how a person who has played only 6 test matchers scoring at 17.40 could speak so. What a joke.

    I'm a Srilankan and used to hate Punter, as he did murder us when he played against us. But I rate Punter as one of the greatest ever to play the game. Also not to forget that he is a world class fielder and won 3 World Cups which 2 were as the leader.

    We are lucky now that he won't be playing against us again. My feeling was that, he was just one game away from blazing to another super performance. All great players do so.

    I hope Punter gets a farewell game as all great players did. Cricket Australia as usual, keeps on making the same blunders.

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    Ponting played the definitive one-day innings in the 2003 World Cup final. What a magic memory.

  • AJ_Tiger86 on February 20, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    Fantastic news for Australia. But I dearly hope he plays the next Ashes series in England. He will be an automatic out -- a huge plus for England.

  • Kavum on February 20, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    13000 runs in each of the 2 main formats with averages of 53 in tests and 42 in ODIs; this man is a legend and an archetypal Aussie champion. The NSP's actions point to why the saggy greens will always be a top team. No false sentiment clouds their judgement and pure professionalism guides their thinking. Ponting may be retained in the longer format if he is good enough and proves it. I will always remember that front foot pull with awe and respect. Adios Punter and thanks for the great cricketing memories.

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    Greatest ODI captain and one of the greatest one day players of all time. You will be missed Punter. Thanks for all the memories and more so the 3 world cups. ps. just for fun.....Ponting > Tendulkar (if Ponting was so record conscious and played in the subcontinental batting paradise most his life he would have 100 centuries by now). i apologise in advance!

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    "Ponting's record speaks for itself. He is one of the truly great performers in the history of Australian ODI cricket, with his reputation enhanced further by him captaining Australia to two World Cup victories. He is the top most successful captain of one day cricket. Ricky's contribution goes far beyond his batting statistics and his brilliant fielding. All the best Mr. Ponting.

  • zenboomerang on February 20, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    Will Tassie bring in Ponting for the very important last 2 games in the Shield season?... Wins are crucial & Pontings form has been abysmal... A real dilemma for Bailey... Tigers need 2 wins to probably make a finals spot with 1 match against a rampaging WA... You only need to read the NSW CEO comments on why they were humiliated against WA - too many Test "has-beens" & more interested in their future than playing for their team-mates today...

  • sourav24 on February 20, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    Great Decision by Cricket Australia.Like this BCCI should consider the case of SACHIN also.but they are not in a position to take wise decision.only for him they put the rotation policy.It is hurting the team badly.Sachin has to think himself of quitting ODIS atleast to protect his TEST career.

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    Not a good news at all but it was imminent.....hope they retain him in the Test side...his contribution in the longer format will be invaluable given the vulnerability of the top order....

  • SIDD88 on February 20, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    Sad to see a legend leaving a game like this, It's unfortunate see the way Australian Cricket board treats their players! Specially Ricky Ponting because he's still the most successful captain to lead any international side, someone who lead his side in 34 consecutive undefeated World Cup games,has involved in more than 100 victories as the most by an individual. To me, he's been one of the finest batsman and a captain Australia ever had after sir don bradman. From this point it seems difficult that he ll ever make a come back to ODI cricket, but kudos to him for his contribution to Cricket!

  • venbas on February 20, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    Way to Australia...we have quite a few Jurassic era fossils in the team and they are still playing leaving the younger members traumatized with the thought that they(youngsters) are responsible for leaving senior members out. With the right backing and security people like Rohit, Manoj Tiwari or Cheteswar Pujara are likely to shine. Unfortunately with our current selection philosophy and the criticism from pseudo experts like Shastri, India will not go through even the league stages in the WC. For the Shots that the seniors played yesterday I thought 3-4 of them needs to be dropped then and there, Sachin included.

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    Ponting's exit from ODIs was invariably inevitable. Inverarity had the guts to catch the dilemma by its horns. My salute to the great cricketer Ponting, despite what I feel about him as a person. BCCI, despite all their bullying attitude, can not, will not, or dare not catch such a situation by its horns, fearing that they will be gored by the horns of the so-called "public outrage". I think, that fear is misplaced. Even the public will prefer to see their heroes to leave the scene gracefully, retaining their halos untarnished. If the heroes (I meant the plural) can't make up their minds, it is the duty of the Administrators to facilitate it, by taking gutsy decisions.

  • JB77 on February 20, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    Behold the difference between Australian and Indian cricket - nobody in the Aus team is bigger than the game or more important than a win for the country. If you don't perform you go, regardless of your past achievements or any upcoming, meaningless milestone (100 100's spread unevenly across two formats? Who cares?). Thanks for the memories Ricky! Good on you Cricket Australia selectors for making the hard decision for the good of the team and the country.

  • CaptainPiha on February 20, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Can't say I'm sad to see the back of the arrogant, rude, vertically challenged Tasmanian...but by crikey could he hit a ball through a covers.. Shame he couldn't keep his balance at the crease once old age started creeping in...

  • Mikey337 on February 20, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    Love or hate Ricky he was a great one day player I remember the 2003 world cup final and the way he batted and this from a English supporter hope he makes it to the ashes in 2013 for a final battle.

  • kangaroussy on February 20, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    Inevitable, but still sad it had to happen this way.

  • Divante on February 20, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    Legend of the game, its sad for Punter to be dropped, but one would have thought that, he should have thrown in the towel when he was axed as captain.We will miss the pull shots of the front foot and the excellent fielding in ODIs. You were a joy to watch. Maybe its also time to call it quits in tests before you're axed without dignity.

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    So the selection panel have sounded the end of one of the great ODI careers. Hopefully this doesn't lead to a decision on his test future. An absolute giant of the game. Thanks for the memories Ricky

  • sharj33l on February 20, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    Thats not a good decision he deserve the credit of world cups and must be in the side....yes i admit he is a bit out of form but this is not fair in my book.

  • Danufur on February 20, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    Take a bow Cricket Australia... Take a look BCCI.

  • mach23 on February 20, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    One day might have been over but he should be part of TEST TEAM.

    HE IS ONE OF GREAT Players who have played this game and need to be given a farewell game.

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    He deserve a great farewell this is not a good ending of a great great player :( WE LOVE YOU RICKI THUMBS UP FOR YOUR GREAT CAREER!

  • MisterObvious on February 20, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Boy, I'm liking Invers more & more as I read on further here. Ponting out of ODIs (the diplomatic, praise-heavy speech indicating that it's for good this time) & Haddin out, too. I feel like dancing in the streets. Ponting & Haddin have been maintained WELL past their due date & the milk has soured enough for the tastes of the selectors to toss it. Damn well & good for the team. Watto back, you beauty. Wade looks like a real keeper (pun intended) & has proved already he whacks the white ball around far better than Haddin has, of late. But Aus needs a more reliable middle order (no kidding, right?) for tests & I see Wadey fitting in there real soon, too, like NOW. Hilfy's reinvented himself & I like it (not such a tragedy McKay was sick to let Hilfy in), Harris is back (tho I like Starc as a lefty). Bottom line: Inverarity & the boys are now living in reality & making selections based on performance rather than on past glory. About flamin time.

  • Venki_indian on February 20, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    hmmm...i hope the samething wont happen to Sachin, he should retire gracefully

  • Gizza on February 20, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    What a contrast. In Australia, selectors decide when to end of the careers of the captains as well as other high-profile cricketers. You suspect that's not going to happen at all with India. Somehow early on Dhoni managed to influence the selectors to drop Ganguly, Dravid and Laxman from the ODI squad I think around 4 years ago. But Dhoni is now too attached to the current set of players (both Tests and limited overs) to be able to pressure the selectors anymore. With India's current squad, ideally Parthiv Patel will slot in with Gambhir at the top and Manoj Tiwary can replace Dhoni in the middle order for the next game. Ashwin or Ojha should also get a game. Spinners do alright at the Gabba anyway because of the bounce. Just bowl more sidespin instead of overspin which you do on the subcontinent.

  • vivek_khyati on February 20, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    ponting is undoubtedly one of the greatest ever odi player.. he deserves a grand farewell.. but, as inverarity said its really time to move ahead, speacially when players like forrest are knocking hard to come in.. even its time for sachin to call it off soon..

  • lsnitin on February 20, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    goodbye punter! will never forget the century u scored in t 2003 world cup finals!

  • surfy67 on February 20, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    Well done, good to see the selectors doing their job, Punters a ledge but time to move over for some young blood. Perhaps India should take note and do what obviously needs to be done in axing Tendulkar and co.

  • gauravbanodha on February 20, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    dont think sachin's story is going to be any different. he too is struggling badly for form. really very sad to see the finest of the game ending their odi careers this way. cant disagree with the selectors over the decision but ponting will be missed. absolutely no doubt about it.

  • ashishnigam2002 on February 20, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    Sad to see one of the all time greats to go like this.

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    Inverarity is a mong. Ricky was looking goot for a big ton in the next game.

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    i have always thought that great players should know when to retire...The game is not only being part of it as a player alone...teh responsibility when to bow out is also a part of greatness...Ricky has shown signs of his aging when he was struck on teh arm by a fast bowler...he could not play properly a longtime after that...while he recovered in test cricket he has not in faster aspects of teh game...The australian selectors have made the right decision there...however i think australia cricket should also say goodbye to haddin as there are many selectable second keepers in australian cricket...harris also seems not teh best one day bowler and coulter-nile should at least have been given a tryout

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    what a bold move.... let c

  • Radha4krishnan on February 20, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    Good decision. I expect the same kind of move from BCCI regarding with Sachin and Shewag. Once again Bravo Cricket Australia.

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    Does the joker BCCI and it's puppet selection committee have the same guts? People with money as their top priority are never known for their guts!

  • goodgame123 on February 20, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    It is the right choice and it wouldn't have been easy. You've got to wonder if India will do the same.

  • goodgame123 on February 20, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    It is the right choice and it wouldn't have been easy. You've got to wonder if India will do the same.

  • dr.jha on February 20, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    whaaattt????? why ??? no respect ??? he deserves to go gracefully .. on a high.. sorry ricky... the world failed you... how much ever each of us indians hate you... it all boils down to your greatness... there is element of fear and grudging admiration as well as jealousy in our hate .. salute you RICKY THOMAS PONTING...you will go down as one of the greats... hope you go out on a high and on your note from tests.. good luck..

  • Mariaj-irdahseS on February 20, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Oh!!! Australia!

    I wish BCCI now takes some wisdom and applies it for the future of Indian Cricket!

    Thank you MR Inverarity!

  • Naren on February 20, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Very sad to see Ponting being dropped. It would have been terrific had he quit ODIs after the World Cup century. Would have been perfect timing. Had he played the ball along the ground instead of hitting in the air, he could have scored more. Also he could have come down the order instead. With two new balls, one down with not much on board wasn't ideal.

  • Leggie on February 20, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Feel sorry for Ricky pointing - truly a legend , yet forced out. In the first place it's also abit unfair since he was asked to open the innings - something that he is not used to regularly. In fact in the tests he dropped down one level to bat at number 4 and it was really strange that in ODIs he was moved up!!! Australia's could have so easily opened with Warner and Wade. The fact that both were lefties should not have mattered. After all Hayden / Gilli were also lefties, and they made up a fantastic opening pair. This also brings in a lesson for Sachin. With India's middle order looking so fragile, it's time for Sachin to move down to number 4 or 5. He can then protect the team and his place in the side!!!!!! Even legends like Gavaskar moved down the order in the later part of their careers, and this should be perfectly ok. Anyways, good bye Ricky. You've been one of the BEST.

  • zenboomerang on February 20, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    Glad the Brad Haddin ODI issue is now in the past - I think we have all moved on... Now the pressure is really on Haddin to keep performing at Test level... A series failure in the West Indies may lead to more moves by the selectors... So do NSW keep Haddin in the team after 2 ducks when Nevill has been their leading runscorer yet the teams latest batting failures was the factor in the most humiliating defeat?... So in NSW would you dump Haddin, yet he retains his Test cap?...

  • naresh_theone on February 20, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    i knew that this is gonna be the last ODI series for Ponting but this decision in the middle of the series really comes as a surprise to me...but this is a brave decision and Indian selectors shud learn from this ...its time we also start putting cricket first before any individual...

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    Very sad...end of great chapter in the history of ODI cricket... I don't think so there is enough time for Ricky to make a comeback in this format. Good luck Ricky, in your test career.

  • landl47 on February 20, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    It's sad that Ponting had to be shown the door after performing poorly instead of going out on his own terms. However, Australia can only wait so long before moving forward. Hopefully he will take the hint and retire from all forms of the game before he is pushed out. He was a great player and against poor attacks like India's he's still useful. However, England destroyed him in the last Ashes series on friendly Australian wickets and it will only get harder as he gets older. On another note, why on earth bring Ryan Harris back? He's constantly injured and hasn't been very effective in his latest comeback. Surely the way to go is bring on the younger bowlers in a series like this?

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    Like this Sachin also should be suspended from ODI

  • Bone101 on February 20, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    It's pretty sad to see Ricky axed from the ODI team, but fair enough. What a legend he has been! There have been so many memorable innings but my favourite is the 2003 World Cup final vs India - one of the great all time knocks.

  • MisterObvious on February 20, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    Well, glory be! Finally the selectors finally showing REAL guts! No one is "God" or sacred or untouchable in any other sport so it's about time the cricket world got the news. One can't deny Ponting's contribution to Aus & to the game in general over many years but he is one of those players who will NOT go unless pushed, so sure is he of his abilities. But those skills are eroding & here's PROOF: In the triangular series he's batted 5 times for a total of 18 runs off 65 balls = strike rate of 27.7. That's a very slow run rate even for test cricket but for ODIs it hurts the team too much, putting unfair pressure on the middle order to hasten the pace just to make up time. So, what few runs he has made have been at about 1/3 the required rate for one-day cricket. It means he doesn't have the confidence to play run-making strokes because he doesn't have the timing & reflexes he once did. It's undeniable. At this level it's not about desire (RP has lots) but performance. See ya, mate.

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    means,,,,,, no one is as good as the game is.............................

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    Drop SACHIN from Indian ODI squad

  • jamfai on February 20, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Now time to drop Tendulkar!

  • MiddleStump on February 20, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    This is an utterly tasteless and indecent decision. Inverarity is no authority on all sports to say "moving on from the omission of players who have been outstanding over a long period of time is the nature of elite sport". Great players in any sport are not omitted. They either retire gracefully or are told to do so at the end of a season and their contribution is heralded. This is true whether it be NFL, NBA etc. Coming to CA, there are so many dignified ways to handle this situation. Has Ponting not done enough to be on the team for the rest of this series even if he is not in the playing XI? After all, Australia is also employing the rotation policy in this series. Could CA not nudge Punter into making a statement announcing he was opting out of the XI taking advantage of the rotation policy this series? What is the urgency to kick him in the teeth at the end of a fabulous career that Inverarity can only dream of. Sympathies to Ponting. He deserved better than this. A lot better.

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    I think this is time for all senior members of all teams to look for their current form and give chance to younger generation as replacement for a graceful farewell because its odd to see player like Ponting stature going in such way... similar is attitude if Sachin and so many in other teams... Lets see who's next...

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Can our selectors learn something from this? It's called being dropped, not rested... performance based rather than obsessiveness about current records and past achievements.

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    I dont know how to react but I have grown up seeing him play awesome. I think I feel sad.

  • zenboomerang on February 20, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    Not surprised at the news on Ricky Ponting - except that the selectors actually took the jump during an Oz at home series... I doubt Ponting can ever get back into the ODI team, as he would have to play domestic cricket & blaze big scores to catch up to many of the younger brigade whom are doing well & we are looking at 2015 as the "big one" in the future...

  • Satv007 on February 20, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    I really feel for Ponting. It is unfair to drop such a great player in this manner. I feel Ricky would prove himself again as he did it in the test matches. Even after this Aussies look menacing with SW back to the squad. It is going to be tough task ahead for SL and TI.

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Sad news, we all know Ricky's contribution goes far beyond his batting statistics and his brilliant fielding.

  • Chennai_Voice on February 20, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    Not sure why the legends like Sachin and Ponting dont want to have graceful exit. Today it is Ponting and it could Sachin tomorrow. Its not too far away for Sachin by the way MSD is making statements about senior. Sachin should have called it a day after India's WC glory. I guess he is still playing for his 100th 100. He should have a graceful exit.

  • needgreenpitches4bowlingallrounders on February 20, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    All great things come to end in sports and today is one of that with Greatest ever captain and Best batsman for generations being dropped. Australian cricket and World cricket have been served by Ricky. I wish ponting's test carrier doesn't end so soon. Judging his ODI carrier would be tough to just look at runs and scores and company of great batsman he had around. His achievements are epitomized being only captain in crickets history to have won 2 world cups and a WC final Man of Match . There might be few players who are great as batsman or bowlers or allrounders but Ricky ponting still figures in Best XI not only as a player but as Captain !!!!!! Hope my country india would go same way forward by excluding players who need to be retired. Any player including ponting would like to go on for ever if given chance in all games played. But only selectors have this job by looking at timing of retirement. Hail Australian selectors for always making right decision in retiring Greats!!!!!!

  • Ralp on February 20, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    Can you make changes like this in the middle of a series?

  • cricinfo_user on February 20, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    GoodBye Mr. Ricky Ponting.

  • adnan_rifat84 on February 20, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    Thats why I am always impressed with CA ECB they always select those players who can do best for there team to win the matches. Ricky was such a lovely player BUT IN HIS OWN DAYS UNTILL HE WAS PLAYING GOOD but now he is un able to score even he is a big name and big fans all around the world, not like Indian cricket board who is keep forcing and keep playing players like Sachin Laxman and dravid whose performance wasn't good enough. Same as Pakistan do. Player is player untill he is playing there best when you are not scoring go for domestic cricket and bring back your best with you. Time come for every player like it's time for Ponting now but i hope he will get back his best after playing domestic cricket and prove himself right.

  • Busie1979 on February 20, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    Ponting has forced the selector's hand by refusing to budge. I don't like seeing players of Ponting's calibre forced out of the team, but he created that situation by sticking around past his used by date and had to go. I certainly hope he gives himself the dignity of retiring from Test cricket. He may have bought some time with a strong series against India. The other possibility is that Ponting will be dropped for the West Indies tour given that West Indies are not that strong, which may be a good time to blood a new batsman, or even give Khawaja another chance to find his feet at Test level.

  • Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on February 20, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    wow! thats a real ballsy selection call. is shaun marsh coming in again? ;)

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    India should learn from Aussies, and kick out players like Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Shewag, Praveen Kumar, who have consistently failed to deliver

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    GREAT my due respects to Ricky Thomas Ponting. Hats off to him. As a player he won the WC in 1999 & captain won 2 successive WC in 2003 & 2007 after Lloyd.CH of WI in 1975 & 1979. It time he retires & start coaching youngesters & groom there talent. I wish him all the best in his 2nd innings of his cricketing carrier Hats off to You Ricky Thomas Ponting. Wish you all the best for the future years to come.

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    thats called daring...Great to see.... i hope Indian Selectors will also do the same to the non performers like SRT and Rohit and our so called allrounder Mr. Jadeja...

  • AjitDJ on February 20, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    Why can't Indian selectors take bold decisions like this?

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    It's a sad day for Aussie cricket, but it needed to happen. Focus on being there for another year of tests Ricky. What a ledge!

  • Mitcher on February 20, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    Record speaks for itself - 3 world cup wins, two undefeated as captain, to go with all the runs. What a legend! But, the right decision has been made.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 20, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    INDIA SHOULD ALSO DROP SACHIN FROM TEAM . HE IS ALSO NOT MAKING RUNS .

  • rakzmenon on February 20, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    Ponting will be missed. He indeed was a great player and entertainer. But then i think he could have very well called it a day much earlier on his own terms rather than being dropped. And i think now few Indian stalwarts should see this as a message to themselves too. But yes unlike Australia where there are good solid performers to replace Ponting, India seems not to. The last few matches hasnt given us a clear indication of Nxt Generation being completely ready for the fight. But still yes its time for some to seriously think of retiring.

  • AussieWebbo on February 20, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    His time had definately come, I watched him yesterday at the Gabba and he has to make room. Wonder how long before India make the same decision about Sachin?

  • donda on February 20, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    Ponting was 2nd best ODI batsman of all time after Sachin. Ponting was a great player and his WC final 100 was a great great innings against india. Great player and great team player, always fun to watch. We will miss you punter.

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    The problem with Inverarity is that he sends mixed messages. Resting Haddin means dropping him. Giving Ponting the captaincy means dropping him after two matches in charge. It sounds like your reward comes with an ironic twist, the price off being out of the team.

  • viky143 on February 20, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    the shortest i can say is "unfair"

  • shrastogi on February 20, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    Excellent move. High time Indian selectors also wake up and show some guts. 38-39 year olds shouldnt be playing one day cricket however good record they may have.

  • bboynexus on February 20, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    A great shame. It's a slightly unlucky and unfair situation. Ponting has been playing cricket non stop since November, and after having such an extraordinary Test series, I think his form in ODI's has been a result of simple fatigue. Unlike Hilfenhaus, Clarke or Michael Hussey, he hasn't had the opportunity to rest, and the age of 37, it takes its toll. Alas, it's a harsh game, and scoring runs consistently is a necessity. I won't be surprised if, in the next few days, he announces his retirement from Tests as well.

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    Is it possible with Indian Selectors ?

  • syedmkr on February 20, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    Right decision from Aussi management, the time has come for Sachin too... will the BCCI do the same on him? a million dollar question but the answer is big NO.

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    Ricky Ponting dropped :O end of an era?? totally sad but at the same time as very good step!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on February 20, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    What a tragedy! Take a bow to Ricky Ponting. A true Legend of a Player. Has stupendous statistics despite being the Captain. The man is a Legend. I'm in tears for you Ricky. Well played mite (mate for Australian)! Love you Ricky. This is an Indian who will miss you no end for the rest of my life. Wish you the very best for your future and for your time with your young family. God Bless You Ricky!

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    See thats the difference beetween india and aus, they take pride in winning, and dnt waste time putting up with seniors who dnt perform. Veryy good aussies. I am an indian fan, but i support your ways. I wish my nation would think like yours.

  • Tootsie on February 20, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    Only adds to the farcical situation in which he was made captain.

  • bipulkumar on February 20, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    Hope some sense prevails with Indian selectors. Dhoni is going nuts handling these senior players and coming with some weird statements, policies and justifications to keep them out. Enough of this, hope selectors will help Dhoni recuperate and kick the butts of these senior players just as Australian board does.

  • gagagaga on February 20, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    A true legend of the game. Thanks for the great ODI memories.

  • AncientAstronaut on February 20, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    Unfortunate, but inevitable. As much as I hate Ponting the person, I have to admit that I admire Ponting the player. His dedication to the Australian team was incredible, but he should've retired last year after the world cup. He now leaves - at least the ODI format - on a sad note. Hope Tendulkar doesn't commit the same mistake.

  • RoJayao on February 20, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    It's with much sadness that this decision has been made, but it is a decision that HAD to be made. Well done selectors on Ponting and confirming what most Aussie supporters already knew about Wade being a vastly better choice than Haddin as well. Disappointed for Starc though and not sure why they've gone back to Harris instead of continuing the unearthing of young talent this season. Surely Coulter-Nile is crying out for chance.

  • Doogius on February 20, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    Can't say I can argue, Ricky. Before all the bashers arrive, you've been a rock in the Oz lineup for a long time. Best wishes, although your probably a bit unlucky. Haddo's isn't a quarter of the player you've been and he gets sent on a free holiday to the WI. Must have been those two great knocks Haddo had against WA in the shield match :)

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    Salutes to, one of the all-time best ODI cricketer n captain!

  • bobagorof on February 20, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    The Wade decision isn't a surprise, and has been made easier by Haddin's poor form with the bat since (and during) the Test series. I'm a little surprised at the Ponting decision - not that it should have happened, but that it actually did happen. I have said that the team needs to be picked on form, and unfortunately Ponting's recent form hasn't warranted selection. With his age, it's unlikely he's going to force his way back in, even if he had a massive turnaround. Hopefully he will be able to concentrate on Tests and have another good series or two while the rest of the order stabilizes. I'm surprised at the Harris/Starc decision, though. Starc's form hasn't been great in the last few games and he'll benefit from some time to reflect on his accomplishments so far. He'll come back stronger. However, Harris had looked out-of-sorts in the first part of the series, he's had 2 matches off with and now he's back? Maybe they want him to bowl at the death...

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Ponting is the only one who secrefice his all for Aus no can replace him.is it good decision to elominate him from the squad?

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Sad Ending to a great career and a great player

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    it was time...ricky...bt we surely will miss u. :(

  • hanan.ali on February 20, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Australian cricket board is the real powerful board to take actions against players on the spot. There is no doubt that Ricky is one of the best player of his era but his performance in last 5 ODIs is not good to be the part of the team and national selectors call back the Watson for his all round abilities.

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    It is time to take a similar tough decision for Tendulkar

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    Finally the chief selector takes action over ruling the decision by Clarke and Arthur to keep him in the side. His one day career is all but over. What was he doing in the side anyway? Stopping other young players from getting opportunities! Just because he was in form in test cricket doesn't mean his form will translate into runs in one day cricket. ODI is a completely different game. Maybe he forgot how to play one day cricket and just used his method and technique he used in the tests. He can take consolation that he bowed out a winner in his last ODI match. What Trevor Holmes did to Mark and Steve Waugh, John Inverarity has just done to Ponting. Sack the captain and end his career from One Day Internationals. He only has test cricket left to concentrate on. Maybe when he retires from test cricket he'll play in the IPL. What a legend of the One Day game. The Aussie fans and cricketing world will miss you.

  • Saad.Navaid on February 20, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    farewell to the great Ponting.... wonder when Pakistan will learn to move on like this...!!!

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    I never liked him because he was a competitor of Sachin. But very good player. Specially his front foot pull and a very good fielder with accurate throw. Good luck Ponting.

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    Good move by the selectors! Ponting and Haddin deserve a little bit more time in the Test arena. Test matches require a certain level of maturity. By blooding the in-form players like Wade and Forrest in ODI's, the selectors are getting them ready to fill Ponting and Haddin's shoes in Test matches. Well done, John Inverarity.

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Another thing to admire about Australian cricket: performance is your currency

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Legend who had 3 world cups under his belt and great knocks in ODI including the century against India in the final in World Cup 2003. He still has a lot to offer to the test cricket for Australia.

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    How? I know his recent numbers are bad, but this is a man who averages over 40 in ODIs.

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Ponting dropped from ODI squad NO !___!!!!! most stylish player world has ever witnessed i wanted him to broke the ST run record in ODI

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    can PCB take these sort of bold steps like CA

  • CKSinha on February 20, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    Sad News, Very Sad News i got, when i browse cricinfo.com. today morning Really He is Great Batsman this time he is suffering with bad form.but i believe he come back with great touch

  • v_singh on February 20, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    I had expected this news at the end of the series.. But Aussie selectors surprised me. It is probably good for Aussie cricket where (in form) Ponting can solely focus on the Test matches you may think oand guide the younger stars coming up.. Dear Mr. Tendulkar, when would you step forward and make way for a younger star in ODIs (as BCCI isn't courageous enough to replace you) - given you have acheived all that was possible in the ODI format : a WC victory, a 200 run marathon innings... it would be a shame IF you try to hang on just for your 100th 100.. that is the message going out right now to many fans...

  • Sanj747 on February 20, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    Tough call but the right one. Need to rebuild and move forward. Leave him to play test cricket. Calls like this are needed and more will surely follow. Bit surprised that Inverarity has guaranteed Haddin a spot on the West Indies tour this early. Haddin is on the same ground as Ponting. Not performing.

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    A truly great and accomplished player,you will be missed.Nobody symbolizes success like Ponting.The debate of the greatest batsman of this time will rage on(sachin vs ponting vs kallis-lara who i consider above them both is from another time) but as for as ACCOMPLISHMENTS go, no one surpasses him.

  • jmcilhinney on February 20, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    You may call me the prophet. ;-) My comment on the report for the last game suggested that it was time for Ponting to move on from the ODI team. In that win he was the only batsman to miss out. He regained form in Test matches, as I always expected he would, and I believe that he still belongs in the Test team, but there are plenty of younger players who are capable of doing as well or better than even an in form Ponting in ODIs. It's a shame that he had to be dropped but maybe this will prompt him to time his exit from Test cricket such that it is his own decision.

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Do the Indian selectors have balls to do the same thing to Tendulkar?

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    ricky ponting....one of my favorite batsmen.hope that he returns again

  • David_Boon on February 20, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    That's messed up. He reluctantly takes over captaincy, despite his poor form, and gets dropped for it. The only good thing to come of this might be that David Hussey gets moved up the order - but the selectors (as they always seem to do) will probably mess that up as well.

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    care about RECORDs and lose matches...! Forget records & give place to performers! and WIN matches!.. good decision!

  • jonesy2 on February 20, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    imagine if england had the guts to do what australia did and can afford to do with the immense depth of talent. the poms would have to drop the whole team

  • Lohit.586 on February 20, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    Should have given 1 more chance before directly removing from ODI squad....

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    disappointed in the seletors

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    Its really sad to see such a great career ending this way. Ponting the real chanmpion both as batsman and captain !!!!

  • ajayrcs on February 20, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    My prediction Final India VS Sri Lanka India win 2 - 0. "COME ON INDIA"

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    This .. is precisely why Australian cricket would never be in a slump for too long.

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    My Thanks to Aussie`s national selectors as SL fan,Now we can win easily against Aus, neither ponting is on form or not he is the biggest pressure to our team.that`s the reality yet

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Will Indians take a leaf out of this? Waiting for Sachin's 100th ton would mean, that India will suffer 100 straight losses :(

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    Cricket Australia's worst decision... sometimes the experince also maters..!!

  • triassicpark on February 20, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    Certainly wasnt expecting an axe on Ponting. But these new selectors mean business I guess. Rather unceremonious, but had to be done I guess. Hopefully SRT's fate will not be the same. I have myself posted several times in the past not to compare Ponting and SRT on unrelated posts. But I find it compelling to mention here as even cricinfo had an article saying both are running out of time in ODI's yesterday.

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    will BCCI do the same thing to sachin?!!

  • joisbalu on February 20, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    Brave move.. Does india has the same guts?

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    Well, it had to happen.. well played Punter. I wonder when some of the aging Indian players will be shown the door (being greedy as ever, they wouldn't go by themselves)

  • dpksingh on February 20, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    I love it.This would have been during test matches but thanks to indian ballers.

  • sachin_vvsfan on February 20, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    They could have rotated him with some junior player until they found a better replacement. but dropping him out right is just humiliation. Good luck to Ricky and thanks for the entertainment.

  • guptahitesh4u on February 20, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    The selectors should have waited till end of the series. Really, not an ideal way to treat such a great player

  • smudgeon on February 20, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    oh...my...god. .

  • Scgboy on February 20, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    wow, they went and did it.It is indeed then end of a Era , all that's left is Hussy and maybe clarkie himself.

  • othello22 on February 20, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    Wow, the end of an era. It's promising that Inverarity and co are willing to make the tough decisions that their predecessors were not, but that is the biggest of big calls... to drop Ricky Ponting... Dear me. So long Punter, you were one of the greats sir, and I salute you.

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    Sad but it had to happen ,it would have been great had he gracefully announced his retirement at least from ODI's...hope SRT learns from this and announces his retirement from ODI's, for all his cricketing powers he looks a pale shadow of himself and I feel his presence is deterrent to at least couple of players ...... No one pays a visit to god if they know that the god is not powerful enough to bestow them with boons and same will happen to cricket god if he doesn't score.We will miss you but the time has come to move on.......

  • VivGilchrist on February 20, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    This is sad, but this is what happens when you go on too long. Ponting should have retired from ODI's after his fighting century in the World Cup, instead he finishes with the ingloriousness of being dropped. Go out on a high. I just hope he retires with dignity from Test cricket and not have this done to him again....but he is a stubborn man.

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    Sad for Ricky :-( At least they should have given a decent farewell to him. What was the problem in communicating? He should have been told prior. I am sure he would have announced retirement by the end of CB series. Sad end to one of the greatest limited over career!!!!

  • Gamaraala on February 20, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    BCCI can learn a thing or two here. Reputation shouldn't be the only criteria players are selected to the squad.

  • Dheepan on February 20, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Master stroke.. indian selection panel, please read this.. cricket is not a fairy tale for everyone to have a happy end.. some greats just drop dead and that is okay to a good cricket fan..

  • flunked on February 20, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    One of the true Greats. Will miss you Ponting. Loved to see you play in ODI's even though you crushed me during the WC final in 2003.

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Its time the Indian Selectors showed some guts and officially drop Tendulkar,not use the euphemism of resting him.

  • amist01 on February 20, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Ricky Ponting...will be missed!!!! One of the greats of the game without a doubt!! Best Wishes mate.....enjoyed the show!

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    Its a sad end for one of the greatest one day batsmen of all time. However this is how it ends when you dont retire on top. Sadly I think his test career will end with being dropped as well which will be a terrible shame for Australia's 2nd best test batsmen of all time.

  • satish619chandar on February 20, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    Is the door shut completely on Punter? It is ironical that the last match played was as a Captain and won as a captain.. Forrest using his chances really paved for this.. Thank you Ricky for all the entertainment you provided in the shorter format until now.. Can never forget that 2003 WC brutal century against the team i supported.. Hope we see more of you in tests..

  • sherishahmir on February 20, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    Ponting is one of the legendary player of this century and time come to say bye to this icon of the game. I would say the best time for punter to quit was after the last world cup as righly said by great imran for Tendulkar too, but when these greats are being forced by selectors to quit through dropping from the team is matter of saddness for all cricket fans, but this is the hard fact of life. Punter would be remmeber for good for his class, leadership and being great ambassdor of this gentle game of cricket.

  • Don_Simon on February 20, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    Hats off to Aussie selectors...If only Indian selectors think the same way ......

  • lofted on February 20, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    what a way to go!!! tendulkar must to thinking over his retirement/drop time also. well played Ricky. Wonder once he retires from cricket altogether what is he going to do? He should remain associated with cricket closely and keep enriching the young new talent, doesn't matter in which part of the world he does it.

  • Jimmy_Jim on February 20, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    Saw this coming, sad to see him go this way

    I'll always remember him for his amazing batting, great player, and one of the best Australian cricketers

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    Gud positive step taken by CA..!!

  • JustIPL on February 20, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    Wonderful decision. Only Aussies can afford that. Send off to McGrath, Gilchrist, Hayden, Warne, Martyn made competetion wide open and some teams enjoyed top ICC ranking for a while. Any of the above mentioned player will be automatic choice for any of the subcontinent sides. If Tendulkar would have got such success as Ponting had then he would have been an automatic choice for any length of time in future but Aussies keep their standards high.

  • hashir86 on February 20, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    it was on the cards with players like forrest playing nicely in each and every game...will miss ponting (batting, fielding & sledging).... Aussies are bold in taking these kind of decisions, the same should be taken by indians also Sachin is also ponting type, good / great cricketer but its time he also should make way for others in search of hundreth 100 he is failing very badly Will miss you ponting in ODI, hope to c u in test for some more time

  • dwivedy on February 20, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    finally ponting era is over. india should do the same with sachin tendulkar. because nobody is above the sport itself. if sachin is undecided about this then it must be done by the selector. before many would say tendulkar WAS a great cricketer while he still is playing the game, it is hightime he should hang his boots

  • evilweasel_47 on February 20, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    *Checks date* Wait, it is not April 1st. Did they really drop him?

  • chad_reid on February 20, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    brilliant just brilliant decision shows that Mr John Inverarity has the guts to do the right thing i salute you

  • leobybirth on February 20, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    See? isnt it better to retire gracefully with the respect of your team and nation than having yourself "dropped" and seeing it on cricinfo! Hopefully sachin wont suffer the same!

  • CricIndia208 on February 20, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    Ponting should have retired. Hope he retires from the test team before the selectors drop him.

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    When would this happen to Sachin? Seniority doesn't matter much greater than form.... This is the difference b/w Cricket Australia and Team India Boards....

  • here2rock on February 20, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    If the selectors say "Ricky's contribution goes far beyond his batting statistics and his brilliant fielding" then why drop him from the side? If this is the correct way to go then Tendulkar and Shewag for India should face the same fate, wouild the Indian selectors have the guts to do it? The answer is probably big NO.

  • farkin on February 20, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    " Ricky being prepared to take over the captaincy in Michael Clarke's recent absence for the sake of the team is yet another example of his selfless attitude and team-first focus." not selfless more like selfish tacking over as captain for clacke being out

  • VarunTheGame on February 20, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    Now BCCI should take cue from this and drop SRT from ODIs and Laxman from tests.

  • MenFromMarts on February 20, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    Wow, I read this and actually felt a little uneasy - like physically. What a strange reaction to what should be the inevitable. Like my first girlfriend saying it is over. Wish it wasn't so. But it is and probably will be the end. R T Ponting you have been a champion ( a much overused term but most definitely not in this instance) good luck and goodbye.

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    WOW !!!! Our selectors should take cue from Mr. Inverarity....

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    Billion People's only demand Bring John Inverarity as a Indian Team selector, and Imagine what will happen to those so called Legends in Indian line up.

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    it's time. now how do we bell the cat in India?

  • Dashgar on February 20, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    Congratulations Ricky on an amazing ODI career. You will be missed. Also well done to Invararity for making the tough decision, the time was right.

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    is there a lesson in this for the indian selectors and the BCCI? Its obvious that there is a person in exactly similar situation in the indian team but no one wants to call the elephant in the room. test of character for the player as well as the selectors

  • ChikaraNZ on February 20, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    I wonder when India will also finally drop the badly out of form and aging Tendulkar, Sehwag, et al. India are clinging to past glories, and everybody except the Indina selectors can see that then need to bring in new, younger players for the future. Thats what Australia have done, they gave Ponting plenty of chances, but apart form one innings this summer he's been a shadow of his former self so now it's time to put the emotions aside and pick players on a combination of form, and an eye to the future. I'm not saying there shouldn't be any older players in the side, in fact you need experienced players, but they have to back that up with form.

  • dsig3 on February 20, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    For as long as I have watched cricket Ponting has been in the team. What is left for him to acheive in this format? A good decision and done for the right reasons. Not enough runs so he is out. No matter his stature in the game it was not good enough. The selectors have shown respect for the man and the game by ending it. To let him continue in the team when he is nowhere near his own standards would of been cruel.

  • coolmask on February 20, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    Now is the turn of INDIA to show the door very very politely to Mr.Sachin (ODI Format), Mr.Viru (Put him on probation for the overseas matches-All Formats). Mr.Laxman & Mr.Dravid (Test Matches). WAKE UP INDIAN -SELECTORS. Think for the benefit of INDIAN CRICKET and the fans. If you cant make the shots - leave- somebody else will. Give a chance to Tiwary and retain Irfan in the team. The youngsters fail- No Problem, they will improve and JADEGA has to go. There is NO PLACE for him in the NATIONAL SIDE. WAKE UP SELECTORS, WAKE UP BCCI.:-)

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    Sad News Another Big Legend face disastrous end of career. i wont think that he will make again for ODI's and that's the best part of Australia WC preparations that they started to groom the new ones 3 years before the WC. Like they groom Mike Hussey in place of Beven, M.Clarke in place of Lehman and Now it is Peter Forrest(I think so) in Place of Ponting

  • Aspraso on February 20, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    Here is a message for the Indian selectors -- though none for Tendulkar who like Ponting is hanging on beyond the 'use-by-date' -- I guess the same can be said of Tendulkar -- he is batting well in the nets, he practises with great intensity, he is huge positive in the dressing room, the younger ones around him hold him in high esteem. BUT are you scoring enough to win matches?

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    Era No. 14 ends....

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    Poor Ricky... we love you man.. you are much better than that...

  • rish5107 on February 20, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    i can't believe this... i find this as an insult to a great player .... i bet austalia with such a negative vibe will loose the series.

  • vinchester on February 20, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    LETS Congratulate John& CO; This is how it should be; this is something Kris & co. in India should read & ponder over it a 100 times; at least now act like how John has done .

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    BCCI should learn from CA

  • AJAYs_PyrotechniXX on February 20, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    So Ricky wont be getting a farewell match?? That is sad!

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    WHAT TO SAY ABOUT PUNTER GOING OUT IN HUMILIATING STYLE ?????????????

  • nair_ottappalam on February 20, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    BCCI should hand the same treatment to Sachin Tendulkar

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    BCCI needs to learn from CA!! Good decision.. though i respect punter for his cricket, as inverarity said its tym to move on..!! and our BCCI will never have such courage...!!

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    we will miss Ricky all those wonderfull memories , all over the cricking world

  • unregisteredalien on February 20, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    Big news! Inver's panel making its mark! A tough call, but fair and reasonable, in keeping with the pattern established in recent times. I do feel for Punter but it's time for him and Aussie cricket to move on. Hopefully he can maintain his good Test form and stay on in that format for another year or so. And then take a well-earned break.

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    cores of 2, 1, 6, 2 and 7 have drawn the curtain on Ponting's time as an ODI batsman........hahahahahahahahaha

  • Precioustar84 on February 20, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    wow!! Wonder when this kind of news will happen for Sachin who I also respect but if you're not delivering, you've GOT to go! Right message to any player and definitely its for the betterment for a team's future. No spot should be taken for granted. Good for you CA.

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    Very disappointing decision.

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    Time for young talents to spike and they've all been promising - sorry Punter its time to relax and give your best shot in your next game!!!

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    australia board didnt hesitate to drop ponting why cant the indian board drop tendulkar,sehwag form the odi squad and give some other youngsters a chance

  • Santhosh-indian on February 20, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    I still believe punter is best,please don't drop him. Give him some time. He will show his class in final like sachin,who did in common wealth 2008 series.

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    he wii be back sure i want him in aussies team

  • Stevo_ on February 20, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Warner averages less than Ponting whne comparing their last 15 innings (21 vs 29) ! Drop Warner rather than Punter, at least Punter brings cricket knowledge and exp. to the team

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Good move by the aussie selector ... But the aussie team will feel lack of experience and confidence in future .... due to this.

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  • on February 20, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Good move by the aussie selector ... But the aussie team will feel lack of experience and confidence in future .... due to this.

  • Stevo_ on February 20, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Warner averages less than Ponting whne comparing their last 15 innings (21 vs 29) ! Drop Warner rather than Punter, at least Punter brings cricket knowledge and exp. to the team

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    he wii be back sure i want him in aussies team

  • Santhosh-indian on February 20, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    I still believe punter is best,please don't drop him. Give him some time. He will show his class in final like sachin,who did in common wealth 2008 series.

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    australia board didnt hesitate to drop ponting why cant the indian board drop tendulkar,sehwag form the odi squad and give some other youngsters a chance

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    Time for young talents to spike and they've all been promising - sorry Punter its time to relax and give your best shot in your next game!!!

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    Very disappointing decision.

  • Precioustar84 on February 20, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    wow!! Wonder when this kind of news will happen for Sachin who I also respect but if you're not delivering, you've GOT to go! Right message to any player and definitely its for the betterment for a team's future. No spot should be taken for granted. Good for you CA.

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    cores of 2, 1, 6, 2 and 7 have drawn the curtain on Ponting's time as an ODI batsman........hahahahahahahahaha

  • unregisteredalien on February 20, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    Big news! Inver's panel making its mark! A tough call, but fair and reasonable, in keeping with the pattern established in recent times. I do feel for Punter but it's time for him and Aussie cricket to move on. Hopefully he can maintain his good Test form and stay on in that format for another year or so. And then take a well-earned break.