Australia v Sri Lanka, CB series, 6th ODI, Sydney February 17, 2012

Ponting defends place in ODI XI

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Australia's stand-in captain Ricky Ponting has said he is still worth his place in the ODI team despite a run of four consecutive single-digit scores to begin the triangular series. Following an outstanding Test series against India, Ponting has struggled for touch in the limited-overs matches, and is now saddled with the extra responsibility of captaincy while Michael Clarke recovers from a hamstring strain.

Despite his poor run and horrid night for the hosts against Sri Lanka at the SCG, Ponting said he was still an important component of the team as one of the senior players from whom a transitional squad must learn.

"I think I am, but you'd better ask the selectors what they think about that," Ponting said. "My last four games have not been what they would have liked, but I guess if the selectors were thinking that way already then they probably wouldn't have picked me for the start of the series.

"There are still a few senior players around the side and they made it clear to the younger guys at the start of the summer that it was vital they gain a little bit of experience around them. But saying that, it's not just reputation that going to get you picked. You have to score runs, that's what it's all about. I know that as well as anyone."

When asked whether or not he was entering another extended difficult patch, having waited 33 Test innings between centuries prior to the New Year's match against India in Sydney, a look of exasperation flashed across Ponting's face as he considered the possibility.

"Hopefully I'm not starting again with that," he said. "I can't run away from what's happened. It's been four single-figure scores in four games. If I look at the way I've trained in the last few weeks, yesterday is the best session I've had in a long time.

"I felt as sharp as I have all summer, but I've got to find a way to get some runs. If I'm out cheaply we're 2 for 20-odd and we've been that in just about every game we've played."

Ponting's team rounded off a poor night by confirming that Clarke would not be fit in time for Sunday's match against India in Brisbane. The Tasmania captain, George Bailey, has been pulled out of a Sheffield Shield fixture against Queensland in Hobart in order to join the squad as batting cover.

Mickey Arthur, the coach and selector, said Bailey's inclusion was necessary after Mitchell Marsh was forced out of the squad by back stress fractures, and to ensure Clarke was given adequate time to recover.

"While it is not ideal having to take George away from the Sheffield Shield match currently underway in Hobart, we feel it is important we have sufficient batting cover in our squad," Arthur said. "This selection is reward for George's excellent form with Tasmania this season and recognition that the National Selection Panel consider him the next batsman in line for Australian one-day selection."

The Victoria left-arm spinner Jon Holland is being kept with the squad alongside Xavier Doherty, following the latter's struggle with back spasms leading into the Sydney ODI.

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

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  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    nobody in India asks when Sachin will retire. Only the series against India, everyone was asking why Ricky wouldn't still retire. Now, the situation has been changed. Ponting is now considerable for Test but not for one day. Players like him should be honoured by giving the freedom to retire according to his desire. No doubt, he will do a lot better in the next. Dont forget that, sudden captaincy may disrupt his attention & may cause extra tension. Inveraty is doing wrong here.

  • POSTED BY TarunRaman on | February 20, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    With the exception of a four matchdrought, punter has done well for his team, in comparisons to Tendulkar(no big fan of his), he ripped apart a supposedly strong Indian line up in the 2003 world cup and has brought about dignity in the team whereas Tendulkar, featuring in four World Cups, hasn't taken India to glory in spite of consistent runs and the record for most runs in a world cup. He may be a whiner, termed a sore loser. But the elephantine magnitude at which he has carried the shoulders of the Australian legacy is not an atomic matter. Take India into account and clearly Politics is the main fraternity for them. Ashwina and Kumar getting more of action than a Ranji performer Irfan Pathan or Chethaswara Pujara(stoic replacement for Dravid) have not been paid their dues.

  • POSTED BY Nazim_BD on | February 19, 2012, 0:25 GMT

    Is it Aussies squad !! First me thought it was aussies A squad.A non tested players for ODI game like between SRILANKA ! Shame ... and a mad charrecter by the aussies selection panel. What about that side experience ? A bad sqad for losing all game.

    Ricky . what happend to this man. Now a days people why deserve senior players ignorance don't know. People want all day performance and all win. If a team not lose how win will come ? Although Bad Selections Such a Vital series ....

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    Ricky should call it a day and leave the Cricket field with his head held up......he doesn't deserve to be dropped from any side,but he should know that his reflexes are getting slower daily and with all these busy schedules,its time to call it a day.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | February 18, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    @Aussasinator - oh so its Ponting's fault that Marsh & Khawaja are out of the test side (even though Khawaja hasn't debuted yet in ODIs?)! Thanks for that insightful info. "...elephantine..." aren't elephants god in some cultures? @Ken Humphreys - 100% agree, for ages I was pushing his case for ODI AND Test selection - I concede he is (or should be), a long way from test selection, but he is 5th on the run-scorers list this season, averages over 50 this summer in List A's, AND has an ODI career ave over 40 at a healthy S/R of 85. What has Ferguson done wrong? His team have made the finals of the Ryobi cup, surely he has to be close? Bailey's stats are an ave of 34 & S/R of 76 this summer which is about his career stats. @Gupta.Ankur - yay you're back, a couple of good results for India & you're back to bagging other nations! @VivGilchrist - good thoughts, I have been hoping Siddle & Hilfy don't get selected for ODIs as their improved test status is golden.

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | February 18, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    @susie2112... Already answered your original post - Wells in until Bailey returns... Cross posting doesn't help... :)

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Ponting should play till his ODI average drops into 30s.

  • POSTED BY susie2112 on | February 18, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    What happens with the Tas side in the shield match? Do they get to bring in another player for the rest of the match?

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    I think Ricky should be" rested" like Brad Haddin and Warner too for that matter.As Ponting mentioned in the interview Aussie test players in ODI team are tired.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    ricky must thank the indian bowlers for reviving his test career,if some other good bowling teams had toured this summer he would have been finished by now,hopefully next summer south africa would do it,same for hussey.

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    nobody in India asks when Sachin will retire. Only the series against India, everyone was asking why Ricky wouldn't still retire. Now, the situation has been changed. Ponting is now considerable for Test but not for one day. Players like him should be honoured by giving the freedom to retire according to his desire. No doubt, he will do a lot better in the next. Dont forget that, sudden captaincy may disrupt his attention & may cause extra tension. Inveraty is doing wrong here.

  • POSTED BY TarunRaman on | February 20, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    With the exception of a four matchdrought, punter has done well for his team, in comparisons to Tendulkar(no big fan of his), he ripped apart a supposedly strong Indian line up in the 2003 world cup and has brought about dignity in the team whereas Tendulkar, featuring in four World Cups, hasn't taken India to glory in spite of consistent runs and the record for most runs in a world cup. He may be a whiner, termed a sore loser. But the elephantine magnitude at which he has carried the shoulders of the Australian legacy is not an atomic matter. Take India into account and clearly Politics is the main fraternity for them. Ashwina and Kumar getting more of action than a Ranji performer Irfan Pathan or Chethaswara Pujara(stoic replacement for Dravid) have not been paid their dues.

  • POSTED BY Nazim_BD on | February 19, 2012, 0:25 GMT

    Is it Aussies squad !! First me thought it was aussies A squad.A non tested players for ODI game like between SRILANKA ! Shame ... and a mad charrecter by the aussies selection panel. What about that side experience ? A bad sqad for losing all game.

    Ricky . what happend to this man. Now a days people why deserve senior players ignorance don't know. People want all day performance and all win. If a team not lose how win will come ? Although Bad Selections Such a Vital series ....

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    Ricky should call it a day and leave the Cricket field with his head held up......he doesn't deserve to be dropped from any side,but he should know that his reflexes are getting slower daily and with all these busy schedules,its time to call it a day.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | February 18, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    @Aussasinator - oh so its Ponting's fault that Marsh & Khawaja are out of the test side (even though Khawaja hasn't debuted yet in ODIs?)! Thanks for that insightful info. "...elephantine..." aren't elephants god in some cultures? @Ken Humphreys - 100% agree, for ages I was pushing his case for ODI AND Test selection - I concede he is (or should be), a long way from test selection, but he is 5th on the run-scorers list this season, averages over 50 this summer in List A's, AND has an ODI career ave over 40 at a healthy S/R of 85. What has Ferguson done wrong? His team have made the finals of the Ryobi cup, surely he has to be close? Bailey's stats are an ave of 34 & S/R of 76 this summer which is about his career stats. @Gupta.Ankur - yay you're back, a couple of good results for India & you're back to bagging other nations! @VivGilchrist - good thoughts, I have been hoping Siddle & Hilfy don't get selected for ODIs as their improved test status is golden.

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | February 18, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    @susie2112... Already answered your original post - Wells in until Bailey returns... Cross posting doesn't help... :)

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Ponting should play till his ODI average drops into 30s.

  • POSTED BY susie2112 on | February 18, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    What happens with the Tas side in the shield match? Do they get to bring in another player for the rest of the match?

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    I think Ricky should be" rested" like Brad Haddin and Warner too for that matter.As Ponting mentioned in the interview Aussie test players in ODI team are tired.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    ricky must thank the indian bowlers for reviving his test career,if some other good bowling teams had toured this summer he would have been finished by now,hopefully next summer south africa would do it,same for hussey.

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | February 18, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    @Morgan Rodgers Gibson :- "a couple of ODI failures and suddenly someone's lost it?"... A couple?... lol... More like exactly the opposite - Ponting has had very few successes over the last 2 years... With scores of 2, 1, 6, 2 & averaging 2.75 his performances are as bad as S Marsh last 4 Tests record in a winning team... Marsh was told to go back to Shield - so why isn't Ponting when the team is losing?... There's just too much baggage with Ponting...

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | February 18, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    @Busie1979... Agree & on form Ponting doesn't deserve a position in the team... Forrest was only picked because of his possible inclusion into future Test teams... Seems a dumb way to select players when there are better OD players in much better form - or is this series only important to the fans & not the selectors...

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | February 18, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    @VivGilchrist... Ponting is a conundrum - couldn't get a decent score for 2 years in Tests but was good in ODI's... Now seems to have found some form in Tests & complete failure in ODI's... Re: Ferguson & Finch - both are having a terrible season in domestic cricket which is bad timing as there are spots in all 3 teams open in the batting... Tom Cooper is in terrific form & along with Bailey should both be in the ODI team atm - I'd have them in front of Forrest due to his poor OD form in Ryobi Cup...

  • POSTED BY timtom on | February 18, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    RICKY - Just hang on till next test series with INDIA by dropping your self in few matches and giving way to M hussey...Bring in PAttinson, cummins, ryan harris for next one day against India.....AUs might win...

  • POSTED BY farkin on | February 18, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    drop him and get some one in from and younger

  • POSTED BY Ameega on | February 18, 2012, 1:29 GMT

    A big score from punter is due. I am not a fan of him, but love to see he triggers a good one towards the end of the series, may be next game.A common issue for all three teams was failure of openers. SL replaced Tharanga (may be for a while). Ind and Aus need to address their respective issues soon to succeed.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    It's no so much that Ricky's failing, it's that the top order is failing. As I've said in other comments, Ricky needs to retire from ODI's and Warner needs to go as well. Watson and Wade should open, end of story. Warner's too hit and miss (in all forms). Sadly he's been overhyped and is going to keep his place despite his failures, and then raved about when he succeeds one in ten times.

  • POSTED BY Busie1979 on | February 18, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    What is this fixation ith George Bailey? He is a good, solid player but will not add anything substantial to the team. Nobody seems to be demanding he get picked, but the selectors are looking for every excuse to pick him. Has anyone heard of Callum Ferguson, Adam Voges and Tom Cooper? They are clearly better qualified than Bailey and Forrest and all three have already got quite useful international records. I don't think it is "necessary" to pick Bailey on form or career record, particularly when an all rounder has been injured. If it is necessary to replace an all rounder, pick another all rounder (ie. Hopes, McDonald, Smith, Faulkner, O'keefe or Henriques). If you want to pick a batsman to replace an all rounder, pick Ferguson, Voges and Cooper - who should be rewarded for reasonable form and a good track record at international level.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2012, 0:17 GMT

    It seems Ponting's going too hard at the ball and trying too hard to force the pace at the beginning of his ODI innings. The ridiculous idea that he should be dropped beggars belief though... a couple of ODI failures and suddenly someone's lost it?

  • POSTED BY Busie1979 on | February 18, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    Its looking like Ponting is starting to have more bad days than good days. I think he iwll come good and start scoring ODI runs again. But he won't be able to sustain it like he used to in his hey day. He will still be a good player, but no longer a great player at this stage of his career. He won't be around for the next ODI world cup and the selectors may need to pick their moment when to move him on to prepare the team for that tournament. Perhaps the end of the tri-series will be a good time to start thinking long term and say thankyou very much, you've done well Ricky, appreciate your efforts, but the team needs new blood. I hope Ricky walks before he is pushed.

  • POSTED BY here2rock on | February 17, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    Everytime he does not score people start talking whether he is good enough. Same old story, it must be really annoying for Ricky.

  • POSTED BY Vikum72 on | February 17, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    Ricky, why don't you swap places with Mike Hussey?

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | February 17, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    I can't help but think that one format of a game can assist a player in losing form in there stronger format. For instance Ponting was batting well in the longer format, he then switches his approach to ODI batting, is now down on form and possibly confidence and now when he plays his next Test will be out of form again. I think he same applies to bowlers and for that reason I don't want to see Siddle of Hilfy play this series. Ponting should have stepped down after the World Cup and stayed on only in Tests. I'd suggest Hussey stays on only for ODIs. Ponting is holding back the development of Ferguson and Finch as possible world-class ODI batsmen. After 3 winning World Cups he has nothing more to achieve.....but failure.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    no doubt ponting is a legendary batsman and worldcup winning captain...but there is a time when one should think about the end..its his time now..he should retire while he still hav som respect within the team...shd not end like jaysuriya's career.same for sachin too.....

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    It was only a few months ago he scored a brilliant 100 in the world cup quarter final while everybody else (apart from David Hussey) fell apart.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Maybe moving down the order might be a professional option for Ponting - let the Husseys provide experience while the youngsters provide the firepower (that is if his EGO will allow it).

  • POSTED BY jags_700 on | February 17, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Whoever is comparing Ponting's recent form with Sachin's doesn't keep track of the scores. Sachin is consistently scoring in mid 30's to 70's in almost every game. The only thing that is happening with him is that he is not able to reach his 100th Century which is due for a long time now. As for Ponting, no doubt he is a good player but his form as of late is going downhill. It's a matter of time till he will retire from the ODI side and only play in tests.

    JD

  • POSTED BY seantells on | February 17, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    ponting has couple of good years left at least in test cricket, and warner is far from taking up a Captaincy , should've tried Mr.Cricket

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | February 17, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    So here we go again! The punter debate is simple. Aus dont mind carrying him and he delivered in tests and I presume the same will apply in one dayers. Having said that I think Punter should think about retirement at the end of the summer in one dayers. Even in test he has redeemed himself with runs but the reality this is waiting for the inevitable.

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | February 17, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Had it not been for india's "buffet bowling" during the tests, ponting wouldn't have played even in last 2 test of the series...

    Ponting made his reputation by making "easy" runs when there were 3-4 genuine match winners in the team........who made a aussie win almost a given......

    Ever since they have gone his form has dipped, lost matches as captain.

  • POSTED BY Captain.Kipper on | February 17, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    Time to go Ricky................................................

  • POSTED BY speedster94 on | February 17, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    ponting ............ just go mate

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Don't worry ponting India is up next and we are in the business of career revival.... just like the test career that you have today.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    david warner a big fluke batsman who scores 1 in 5 matches without any consistency and u guys want to make him captain ?? dont joke he's useless .one match wonder same in tests too soo much over hyped yet delivered little .

    wade at the top along with peter forrest would do wayy better till watson comes back warner is just an one match wonder like afridi

    travis birt,aaron finch,aiden blizzard shd also get a chance to see who is the most consistent of all of them becoz they are as gud as warner in hitting but we need a long innings in one days not an explosive one .

    ppl said warner kicked vinay kumar out of tests i say tht vinay has completely exposed warner in playing a gud line and length bowler frm past 2 odi's and 2 t20's vinay was a night mare for warner !! i aint any vinay's fan but vinay came back very well after tht waca onslaught.

    any wayy warner is over hyped !! shaun marsh , paine are gud one day players they deserve their chance

    dan christian is anothrr over hyped guy.

  • POSTED BY timtom on | February 17, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    @rish5107 -- SAchin is as good as anyone in the team tests or ODI...so it is not out of respect..his contribution matters..In test series he was second highest scorer and in ODI has a 40+ in 3 matches with only DHONI, KOHLI and GAMBHIR ahead of him..

    As for PONTING , indian bowling in test series has created an illusion to PONTING and AUS that have become world beaters again....Check with England...He is back to how he was batting for last 3 yrs..

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | February 17, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Nothing to worry, even if here were 70 years old, a couple of matches against India and he will hit for again. All he needs to make sure that he plays India frequently. Anybody wants to bowl/bat at their best dial India.

  • POSTED BY torsha on | February 17, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    Well so far in the ODIs, he hasn't done anything. He needs to click in the remaining matches, if he won't then he will be sacked i guess.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    The point of playing Ponting, Hussey and the other over 35's is for the younger players to gain from their experience. What ponting and he selectors have to ask themselves innediately is whether or not the young uns are learning anytrhing when he is constantly failing.

    If he is failing and continuing to play what impact does this have on the youngsters. positive or negative.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | February 17, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    I do not mind seeing Ponting in the side- it shows the bench strength of Australian cricket. There ain't too much in the mix.

  • POSTED BY abhi026 on | February 17, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    I think with ponting aussie need to be patience concedering his form in test.Ponting is afighter and he has proved it in the test series.So one should wait before saying that he is over,because australia is still in transition time.Australia must wait atleast till the end of triangular series before deciding anything about his future in ODI team.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    Ponting we want you to be a spectator. Your time is over. Plz come & join with us.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Why do I get the feeling that Ponting will make a big hundred in the game against India. Somehow out of form batsmen strike terrific form against India. Hope he does taht but India win like they did in the world cup clash.

  • POSTED BY Venki_indian on | February 17, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Ponting's career should have been ended after the WC or after the test series against india ....on both occassions our great indian team gave life to him...just wait and see he is going to score some more runs against india in this series :)

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | February 17, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Captaincy issue sometimes becomes an unaviodable headache as Sri Lanka recently experienced.To me Warner is not as good as claimed by some and wonder whether he would be able to hold his place once Watson becomes fit and Wade starts firing. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • POSTED BY Tysonlanka on | February 17, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Guys guys... Ponting needs some time in the middle. i'm sure his still a good enough to be in the team, once he come good he will be make the opposition pay. This time thLankans were smart enough to get him out early. India knows how big player he is this is a worry for them all the time.

  • POSTED BY RoJayao on | February 17, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    All through Pontings extended slump he maintained how well he hit the ball in the nets, and the same again now. Just a thought Ricky, face up in the nets left handed with a golf club or a stump, bat like a clown and save the form for the middle for once!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    sack him, aus need new blood

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | February 17, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Ponting, you better give captaincy to Dave Warner. You take time off say 2 games, should you fail this Sunday!

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    What about Ferguson?Come on! Let's pick the best one day side from the best one day players.

  • POSTED BY AidanFX on | February 17, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Didn't see the dismissal but a C & B tells me it was a typical wicket of latter times. It's a worry since Ponting's strong show of scores from the Test series; after telling us he basically deconstructed and reconstructed his technique all over again - it seems he is in the same boat pre India Test series. To be sure Ponting has at times been vulnerable early in his inns for moving across his stumps or attacking the ball too hard - but it has been prevalent since the form slump. It is a worry for him he has not fully rectified it despite pulling off some very good scores in the Test series. It was also apparent tonight Clarke is a so much a better man to lead this group of players. Would like to think Hiff and Pattinson are in line for selection soon. The call to ban Marsh from bowling is typical of the current selectors to muddle coddle the young up and coming bowlers. Pattinson's injury was exaggerated grossly.

  • POSTED BY rish5107 on | February 17, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    nobody in india asks sachin why is it that he is not scoring runs or whether he is needed in the odi suad anymore out of respect for what he has done over the years for his country...

    i think ponting deserve that kind of respect in australia, he is just amazing .. whether he's scoring runs or not his presence offers immense moral boost to the team. without ponting, clark, and hussey, australian team today is just another team in sheffeild cup you need these players in the team till the time the others learn from them and pick themselves up to international standard.

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | February 17, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Many somehow disregard facts. Fact of the matter is Ponting is a visible burden on the team and his continued elephantine presence in the team has already crushed the confidence of Shaun Marsh and Usman Khwaja in their process of battling with each other for a place in the team. Both could have done without the pressure, if Ponting had stepped down. It doesnt look like Australian Board has clarity on Ponting's continuance. ike Hussey's inclusion is a must becaiuse of his match winning and match saving abilities in a single handed manner. Ponting is not half a Hussey in team value, and right now standing in the way of team rebuilding.

  • POSTED BY lordrudraksh on | February 17, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    I think pointing should take a rest for a match or two then return to play again

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | February 17, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    WHERE ARE THOSE EXPERTS WHO WERE SAYING THAT PONTING IS BACK IN HIS PRIME AFTER TEST SERIES ? LOL . HE HAS NOT EVEN MADE 10 IN ANY MATCH OF THE SERIES SO FAR .

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  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | February 17, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    WHERE ARE THOSE EXPERTS WHO WERE SAYING THAT PONTING IS BACK IN HIS PRIME AFTER TEST SERIES ? LOL . HE HAS NOT EVEN MADE 10 IN ANY MATCH OF THE SERIES SO FAR .

  • POSTED BY lordrudraksh on | February 17, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    I think pointing should take a rest for a match or two then return to play again

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | February 17, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Many somehow disregard facts. Fact of the matter is Ponting is a visible burden on the team and his continued elephantine presence in the team has already crushed the confidence of Shaun Marsh and Usman Khwaja in their process of battling with each other for a place in the team. Both could have done without the pressure, if Ponting had stepped down. It doesnt look like Australian Board has clarity on Ponting's continuance. ike Hussey's inclusion is a must becaiuse of his match winning and match saving abilities in a single handed manner. Ponting is not half a Hussey in team value, and right now standing in the way of team rebuilding.

  • POSTED BY rish5107 on | February 17, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    nobody in india asks sachin why is it that he is not scoring runs or whether he is needed in the odi suad anymore out of respect for what he has done over the years for his country...

    i think ponting deserve that kind of respect in australia, he is just amazing .. whether he's scoring runs or not his presence offers immense moral boost to the team. without ponting, clark, and hussey, australian team today is just another team in sheffeild cup you need these players in the team till the time the others learn from them and pick themselves up to international standard.

  • POSTED BY AidanFX on | February 17, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Didn't see the dismissal but a C & B tells me it was a typical wicket of latter times. It's a worry since Ponting's strong show of scores from the Test series; after telling us he basically deconstructed and reconstructed his technique all over again - it seems he is in the same boat pre India Test series. To be sure Ponting has at times been vulnerable early in his inns for moving across his stumps or attacking the ball too hard - but it has been prevalent since the form slump. It is a worry for him he has not fully rectified it despite pulling off some very good scores in the Test series. It was also apparent tonight Clarke is a so much a better man to lead this group of players. Would like to think Hiff and Pattinson are in line for selection soon. The call to ban Marsh from bowling is typical of the current selectors to muddle coddle the young up and coming bowlers. Pattinson's injury was exaggerated grossly.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    What about Ferguson?Come on! Let's pick the best one day side from the best one day players.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | February 17, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Ponting, you better give captaincy to Dave Warner. You take time off say 2 games, should you fail this Sunday!

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    sack him, aus need new blood

  • POSTED BY RoJayao on | February 17, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    All through Pontings extended slump he maintained how well he hit the ball in the nets, and the same again now. Just a thought Ricky, face up in the nets left handed with a golf club or a stump, bat like a clown and save the form for the middle for once!!

  • POSTED BY Tysonlanka on | February 17, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Guys guys... Ponting needs some time in the middle. i'm sure his still a good enough to be in the team, once he come good he will be make the opposition pay. This time thLankans were smart enough to get him out early. India knows how big player he is this is a worry for them all the time.