Commonwealth Bank Series 2011-12 February 20, 2012

ODI axing may push Ponting towards retirement - Inverarity

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Ricky Ponting's removal from the Australia ODI team has pushed the former captain closer to retirement, leaving him to decide whether or not he wants to go on as a Test batsman only. John Inverarity, the national selector, said there was obvious disappointment when he informed Ponting of the selection panel's decision, and admitted a retirement from all forms was now a possibility.

Inverarity and his fellow selectors, including the national captain Michael Clarke, are adamant that Ponting should go on as a Test batsman. However, they have acknowledged that by taking away limited-overs cricket they have left a vast gap in Ponting's life that had previously been filled by the game's most prevalent format. Having returned to Sydney from Brisbane, where he played the last of 375 ODIs, Ponting is expected to speak publicly about his future on Tuesday.

"He made a double-century in his last Test match and we are hoping he remains available for Test cricket, but there can be no guarantees," Inverarity said. "Ricky is going to consider his future over the next couple of days and talk it over with his family and with his manager. He's wondering whether he retires completely from ODI cricket ... and then of course there are the implications for Test cricket.

"For a man who plays cricket like Ricky has over the last 15 or more years, he has been an integral part of the team in ODIs and Test matches. If he drops out of the ODIs then there is a possible lack of momentum there. There are three Tests in the West Indies, then as I understand it no more Test matches until October-November."

Beyond the West Indies tour, Australia's next scheduled Test matches are at home to South Africa and Sri Lanka, before keynote tours of India and England in 2013. Ponting has previously expressed a desire to return to England and win back the Ashes, but that may now look a very distant goal without the routine of ODIs to help keep him sharp and internationally drilled.

However, Ponting was second only to Clarke on the run tally for both sides in the recent Test series between Australia and India, and his collection of 544 runs made it his third-most prolific Test series of all time. He also has considerable value in the field, remaining one of the sharpest fielders in the world, and important experience in the dressing-room.

Whatever happens, Ponting's immediate Test future remains his own call. Inverarity was generous in his praise of how Ponting took the news of his one-day axing, relayed to him over the course of two phone calls either side of his flight back to Sydney.

"I spoke with Ricky this morning, I think how he took the news is a measure of the man. He was disappointed and understandably so, but he took it on the chin," Inverarity said. "He is a gem of a human being, a wonderful bloke, and he takes everything in his stride. He was under enormous pressure two or three months ago, and he never wavered from his dedication. He's a very resilient and wonderful human being.

"It is a tough decision but when you take over a position like this you know these things are on the cards. You don't put your heart to one side, but your head has got to dominate, and to the credit of the NSP, everyone holds Ricky in the highest regard, as a player and as a person, but we've got a decision to make, and we made a decision we believe is the right decision and the best decision in the interest of Australian cricket."

Edited by Brydon Coverdale

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

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  • Urajapakse on February 22, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    It happens to everybody & It had happened to 'all time legends' like Sir Viv. So Ricky you are no exception.

    You done your part for your country like very few people did. EVERY GOOD THING MUST COME TO AN END.

    PANTHER, Very few people - cricketers, could match your all time records. So, who has the LAST LAUGH. You Ricky.

  • on February 21, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Though ponter behavior was bleak, he was no doubt one of the classic player. Its sad to see a good player say bye.

    so long ponter.. good luck in future

  • on February 21, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    ricky ponting no longer on the australian odi team is definitely the signal of the rapidly approaching sunset of his career. we in the west indies will be lucky to see him and i have the gut feeling he may retire after that tour. certainly one of the greatest batsmen the world have seen - after lara, tendulkar and company.

  • on February 21, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    Ricky belittled his wonderful career by playing on in a manner not true to his reputation and abilities . It is not disrespectful to his history , that he has come to the end of the parade . He will always be remembered for " second only to Bradman in the annals of Cricket Australia " . We will miss you Ricky , but we will never forget you . You did Australia proud .

  • S305 on February 21, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    It is a sad farewell to a legend: Ricky Ponting, your 2003 WC final innings will forever be remembered as a classic. Hope you keep playing test cricket. Best Wishes from a SL fan.

  • ForgeNZ on February 21, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    India would be better off removing Tendulker , Dravid and Laxman from the lineup. For Tendulker the selectors and the BCCI are paralysied by indesicion about removing Tendulker , he as been a hero to India since 1989 but at 38 years old the time has come for him to go. Tendulker should drop himself , surely he realises that. He is leaking runs in the field and his batting dissapointed in Australia. Problem is he is still scoring runs in India and that seems good enough for the BCCI to keep him on - India dont seem to care about away form for any games at the moment. Dravid and Laxman are also failing overseas as well. If all three are still around come WC time India will not win period.

  • on February 21, 2012, 0:08 GMT

    I think it's easy for people to forget, in light of Ricky's troubles the last 2-3 years, how he absolutely dominated opposing bowlers during the height of Australia's power over a period of 7 or 8 years. He almost never looked like he would get out and made good bowlers look ordinary. He was one of the most important factors in Australia's domination of cricket during the 00s. I saw your innings's, Ricky. I remember.

  • on February 20, 2012, 23:50 GMT

    probably a good idea, its better for him to retire on top, than to continue playing and burn out like so many other players have.

    Regardless whether you like him or not (i am not a fan) hes one of the best batsman of all time and he should leave it at that.

    personaly i believe that he nas nothing left to prove, his records both as a batsman & captain show to the world that he is one of the greatest.

  • Puffin on February 20, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    My my this looks like it might be an uncomfortable way to end an international career. It's better to go out on a high, one last ton, but that isn't always possible. It was great while it lasted and he sure kept the scorers busy. But this situation has been brewing for a while, and some time soon CA have to decide whether to keep him in or start afresh when building up for the next Ashes.

  • on February 20, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    Great as he was Ponting was starting to embarrass himself in the One Dayers. Good to see the selectors making the right decision. I think they gave him enough chances. Hang in for West Indies Punter.

  • Urajapakse on February 22, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    It happens to everybody & It had happened to 'all time legends' like Sir Viv. So Ricky you are no exception.

    You done your part for your country like very few people did. EVERY GOOD THING MUST COME TO AN END.

    PANTHER, Very few people - cricketers, could match your all time records. So, who has the LAST LAUGH. You Ricky.

  • on February 21, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Though ponter behavior was bleak, he was no doubt one of the classic player. Its sad to see a good player say bye.

    so long ponter.. good luck in future

  • on February 21, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    ricky ponting no longer on the australian odi team is definitely the signal of the rapidly approaching sunset of his career. we in the west indies will be lucky to see him and i have the gut feeling he may retire after that tour. certainly one of the greatest batsmen the world have seen - after lara, tendulkar and company.

  • on February 21, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    Ricky belittled his wonderful career by playing on in a manner not true to his reputation and abilities . It is not disrespectful to his history , that he has come to the end of the parade . He will always be remembered for " second only to Bradman in the annals of Cricket Australia " . We will miss you Ricky , but we will never forget you . You did Australia proud .

  • S305 on February 21, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    It is a sad farewell to a legend: Ricky Ponting, your 2003 WC final innings will forever be remembered as a classic. Hope you keep playing test cricket. Best Wishes from a SL fan.

  • ForgeNZ on February 21, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    India would be better off removing Tendulker , Dravid and Laxman from the lineup. For Tendulker the selectors and the BCCI are paralysied by indesicion about removing Tendulker , he as been a hero to India since 1989 but at 38 years old the time has come for him to go. Tendulker should drop himself , surely he realises that. He is leaking runs in the field and his batting dissapointed in Australia. Problem is he is still scoring runs in India and that seems good enough for the BCCI to keep him on - India dont seem to care about away form for any games at the moment. Dravid and Laxman are also failing overseas as well. If all three are still around come WC time India will not win period.

  • on February 21, 2012, 0:08 GMT

    I think it's easy for people to forget, in light of Ricky's troubles the last 2-3 years, how he absolutely dominated opposing bowlers during the height of Australia's power over a period of 7 or 8 years. He almost never looked like he would get out and made good bowlers look ordinary. He was one of the most important factors in Australia's domination of cricket during the 00s. I saw your innings's, Ricky. I remember.

  • on February 20, 2012, 23:50 GMT

    probably a good idea, its better for him to retire on top, than to continue playing and burn out like so many other players have.

    Regardless whether you like him or not (i am not a fan) hes one of the best batsman of all time and he should leave it at that.

    personaly i believe that he nas nothing left to prove, his records both as a batsman & captain show to the world that he is one of the greatest.

  • Puffin on February 20, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    My my this looks like it might be an uncomfortable way to end an international career. It's better to go out on a high, one last ton, but that isn't always possible. It was great while it lasted and he sure kept the scorers busy. But this situation has been brewing for a while, and some time soon CA have to decide whether to keep him in or start afresh when building up for the next Ashes.

  • on February 20, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    Great as he was Ponting was starting to embarrass himself in the One Dayers. Good to see the selectors making the right decision. I think they gave him enough chances. Hang in for West Indies Punter.

  • Burma_Boy on February 20, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    England fan thru and thru, and even in the last few series glad to see the back of him in matches, because always wary of what he is capable of, since the waughs left he has been their strongest batting asset, ( dont want to get into an argument over hussey, hayden etc ), he was a little younger so carried on in a changing aussie line up ( that is not as strong ) when all the greats were retiring. he has just scored big runs in a white wash against india, cant see him/australia having a high like that soon, and with the lack of top level cricket he will struggle just to drop in for tests ( too many ODI's not enough test cricket but thats a different subject ). please don get dropped on poor form Mr Ponting, go out on a high and a time of your own choice, you deserve that. Farewell and good luck to a Modern Day GREAT!!!!

  • bobagorof on February 20, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    So much sentiment, so much outrage from fans. The truth is that Ponting has been a great batsman for Australia, but his recent form hasn't lived up to his standards in his prime. He's had one mightily successful Test series, which followed an extended barren patch, and now he's gone 5 ODIs without reaching double figures. I'm sure that he would be able to find some form again but he's certainly not the batsman he was. There must be questions over whether he is better than the next guy, and the selectors no longer think he is (certainly not in the last 5 games). He can't play forever. If he weren't 'Ricky Ponting' he would have been dropped on form before now. How many matches should he be given? 5? He's had those. 10? 20? 100?

  • on February 20, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    Ponting is one of the best fielders of all times in cricket.Selectors must consider all factors. He should continue playing till the next world cup.

  • doubtingthomas on February 20, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    You've made cricket worth watching, Ricky ! Pugnacious, mean, sharp, talented, a leader, a fighter... you have definitely given fans across the world something to admire, aspire, respect and hate at the same time. In an era which will go down in history as the era of genius batsmen, you are right there, at the top with the best. As an Indian, how much I hated his on field zest ! Nevertheless, you were a worthy adversary to all the teams, even when at their best, often got the best of them, and more often than not, were victorious. Hats off to you.

  • CricketChat on February 20, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    Only a few hours earlier, I predicted that Ponting and Sachin would meet the fate of being dropped rather than retire. Didn't expect it to happen this soon. Not that it gives any of his fans fun, but these stalwarts refused to believe in their own mortality and leave the game gracefully. I am afraid similar fate awaits Sachin even in a cricket crazy country like India. Even though my heart wishes Ponting to continue as a Test batsman for another year or two, it would seem right if he were to call time now from international cricket. I do hope he continues to play for couple years more on domestic circuit to inspire next generation of Aus players. Well done Ricky, your place in world cricket is guaranteed!.

  • boooonnie on February 20, 2012, 22:41 GMT

    Does he really have to retire from both ODIs AND tests? Surely a couple of red ball shield games is worth more some cheap and nasty international ODIs? With our test top three still unsettled (even with the return of Watson) and no one in Shield cricket really piling on the runs Ponting and Hussey's experience are still required in that middle order - the middle order that saved Aust's summer against India.

  • mgzak on February 20, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    Why do selectors treat great players like this? Ponting has a lot to offer cricket and I am BEGGING Ricky and the selectors to please let him come to the WI. I have been looking forward to this series and I would be at the Queens Park Cricket Club in Trinidad cheering the WI and hoping that I see Ricky Ponting make a test century.

  • lotto3 on February 20, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    For goodness sake, please allow the man one more ODI!! The least he deserves, after all his service to the game, is a proper farewell. The fans deserve that too. Don't just try and act tough just because. It would be quite despicable to just sideline him like this. Really? I would be appalled.

  • mahesh8811 on February 20, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    it's time to go pointing.you r a great player and tough captain. we all remember u for a long long time.

  • anuradea on February 20, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    For a person who had for the first time in his 375 ODI career had 5 below 10 scores to be dropped id inhuman and hartless. After serving Aussie cricket for 15 years and 13000+ runs, if this is the way you get treated, I wonder what kind of a message that is sending to the youngsters. Just for the service he had provided and the # of games he had won for Australia, he should have given at lease the full seiris to get runs as it is definitely nothing to do with the form as just 3 weeks ago he got a 200 in a test and it is only a matter of time he comes up with a 100 in a ODI (hopefully not against Sri Lanka) and continue till the next world cup. He is a great player and you can not keep great players out of runs for too long. I wish Inverarity and the panel reconsider and rest him for a couple and bring him back only against India!!!!!!!!!

  • JG2704 on February 20, 2012, 21:52 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?

  • on February 20, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    Have fun...Ricky Ponting...

  • on February 20, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    Ponting should not resign bcoz He cannot be judged by 1 series . He is 1 of my all time favourite player. He should play till age of 39 years . He is True Legend ....

  • on February 20, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    Though ponter behavior was bleak, he was no doubt one of the classic player. Its sad to see a good player say bye.

    so long ponter.. good luck in future

  • SirViv1973 on February 20, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    I think RP is still really hurting over loosing the last 2 ashes series and is desperate for one last crack at Eng next year. With this in mind I'm very surprised he didn't retire from ODI's after last yrs world cup which looked to be the perfect time to bow out. I'm surprised CA have continued to pick him in this format as you would have thought they would want to build a team for the 2015 WC, the same could also be said of Brett Lee who is highly unlikely to be around in 3 yrs time. It remains to be seen if RP will make it to Eng in 18 mths time, his couple of 100's against Ind recently would have bought him another series in the WI, but I think ultimately it is Aus lack of quality young batsmen who are keeping him in the test side at the mo and if that doesn't change soon then he could still get his wish and have one last crack at Eng

  • HimanshuKapoor on February 20, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    It seems Ponting will retire as he has some self respect after being dropped from 1 day team but neither BCCI will remove Tendulkar nor Tendulkar will retire, this is the irony with Indian cricket. Selects will blame board, board will say its selectors decision. In India Personal milestones are important than country's pride.

  • Beazle on February 20, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    Second only to Greg Chappell among solely post war Australian batsmen and one of the greatest all round fielders the game has known. Not quite on the same level as Warne, Lara and Tendulkar, he was nevertheless, one of the modern greats.

  • on February 20, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    it would be sad to see him go for me as he is my all time fav player....... wish his all the best and cant wait to see him in the WI series.......

  • CricfanAustralia on February 20, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    Ponting is one of the batsman of all times in cricket. He should continue playing till the next world cup. How can selectors forget his contribution in two successive world cups wins and bringing Austrlia cricket to No 1 for long long time. Ponting you are really the best........

  • ssmith123 on February 20, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    Best Wishes Ponting.. I wish some big shots like Tendulkar and Sehwat in India realise that their spot in the team is wasted...our national selector has to make some brave decisions like this to keep the team winning...They have to realise that history will not secure a place in team...

  • Ozcricketwriter on February 20, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    He is out of form in test cricket for much longer and much more severely than in ODIs. Yes he scored a couple of centuries recently, but that doesn't suddenly make him in form. He should have retired a couple of years ago when he could have gone out in dignity. This is his last chance to save some face.

  • on February 20, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    he is useless know great decision by john inverarity & co. great for the game. no one can go on forever. all good things comes to end someday. i hope indian selectors are watching. i wish they can take such decisions. at least for the sake of indian cricket

  • on February 20, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    From all I have read over the last day regarding Rick'y future I can see that Inverarity is a very good spin doctor. Here is Ponting who has achieved heaps being spoken about by a guy who played very little cricket for Oz, who is sounding like an expert. Ricky's error of judgement was he should have retired at the end of the test series.

  • on February 20, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    Ricky is of course i a great sportsman, and always will be. Aussies are always known for their professionalism in sport. Ricky knows it too. I am sure he'll bounce back. And no retirement is permanent anyway. Dropping non performers is part of the Aussie culture. Ponting not playing more ODI's in this tournament would be because of his current ODI form. He knows it. And he also knows what all he's achieved. He knows best what to do. To let his bat to the talking and perform ! If that happens, he'll be right back very soon. And no need to blame the Australian selectors. I am not an Australian selector, but yes i am sure they themselves would love to be proved wrong by Ponting himself. It only shows that in Austrailia , NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE, ONLY PERFORMANCE can GET YOU A PLACE IN THE TEAM. Respect to Ponting! And Respect to Baggy Green !

  • on February 20, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    I still feel Ponting is needed because his experience will rub on the other players and he has been such a great player at One day level, an amazing record since his debut at the age of 17, where he made his first one day hundred at the MCG against Sri Lanka. This started off his incredible love affair with that ground. I can still remember the teenager scoring hundred after hundred for Tasmania before that and marvelling at how incredible a player he was. That seems like yesterday, then he was part of the 1996 world cup side , in which in made one century during that series and of course he was part of the 1999 world cup winning team and performed solidlly, but it was the world cup final of 2003 where his finest one day hour came where he hit six after six to thrash the indians. Such wonderful memories of a great player, its sad to know it has all come to and end, but he is paid to make runs and he hasn't made any recenytly so maybe the axing is justifiable.

  • amitksingh on February 20, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Ponting is a very dangerous batman no doubt about that... i love the way he plays.. Being an Indian i love to watch his batting, a true legend ... best wishes for him. I HOPE will bounce back from this poor run in OdI.

  • Nathan30 on February 20, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Funny that, just in time for IPL.

  • on February 20, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    He should retire now. Bow out on a double century high like that other great batsman Jason Gillespie.

  • on February 20, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    I think decision made by CA is wrong. He should have been given more opportunities or he should have been asked to retire after the on going series with pride. This decision perhpas due to Ponting being relectant about he being appointed as the captian instead of Warner.Politics.................

  • SantoshGhirnikar on February 20, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    Dropping Ponting from the ODI side clearly shows that CA consider the game and team greater than the individual. Even the great Steve Waugh was nudged out as he aged and was clearly not the future of Aus. cricket. Indian selectors do not have the guts to tap SRT, RSD and VVS on their shoulder and tell them that their time is up and they should plan their retirement before facing the ignominy of being dropped. Three Indian greats, Gavaskar, Kumble and Ganguly could have played more if they wanted to, but they saw the game as bigger than their personal aspirations and retired. SRT should be embarrassed that he is still chasing that elusive 100th 100 even after being more enough opportunities to get it. Karma is ruthless, because of his selfishness, he is not going to reach that landmark!

  • on February 20, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    O K PONTING IT IS GOOD DECISION.

  • on February 20, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    I disliked Ponting greatly when he was skipper.. he was rude, arrogant and an obnoxious spitter.. but all credit to him for the way he has always answered critics with his bat.. Ponting was perhaps never as good with the blade as Sachin is / was but then Sachin ddint lead the side for 10 years and nor did he dive around at backward point. Ricky Ponting shall be remembered as the most complete batsman Australia has produced since Don Bradman

  • j_a_g on February 20, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    What a brilliant, brilliant cricketer with a phenomenal career tally in all forms of the game. Hats off to Ricky who has prevailed and tested himself despite pressures from the public and selectors alike. He was fantastic against the Indians in the Tests and has so much still to play for and to offer younger cricketers. Tendulkar is still around but maybe it is time for him to go too. And as for Graeme Smith, 'stop hanging on in an outdated regime' - move over for the future of SA cricket.

  • Erebus26 on February 20, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    I hope he doesn't go. This is been another example of shambolic treatment by the Aussie selectors. Mind you Ponting's performances in the test series with India mean that if he does retire he goes out on a high.

  • hhillbumper on February 20, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    Bye Punter.Thanks for being in charge 3 times when we beat you in the Ashes.It was always a pleasure watching you strop when you lost.But seriously a great batsmanand possibly second best after Lara in last fifteen years.Can play both attacking and defensive which sets him apart from Kallis who is too slow.

  • on February 20, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    I think he should play the IPL now. Because people say, thats where the cricket is dying but its obviously a good place for dying careers.

  • on February 20, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Un like India Australia is keeping current form and performance in mind and taking bold steps which are good for their team. No past performance should guaranty any player position in the team if their current form is not up to mark.

  • on February 20, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Ponting is a very great player ever.

  • Rakim on February 20, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Greatest of all time (Only Lara from modern batsmen comes to mind)... fearless... pure class... from a Pak fan

  • on February 20, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    He is undoubtedly an excellent cricketer...... Hope we see more of his abilities in Test cricket ahead....

  • ravi_dip84 on February 20, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    BCCI should learn from this..

  • Andy83 on February 20, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    @sohaibahmad. I know you are referring to SRT here. But do we have someone like Forrest, Wade etc in the current Indian team who can challenge SRT? All the so called replacements play such rash shots and get out when the team needs them the most.

  • 6sir on February 20, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    Theaaustralian board has done right to drop Ponting. He is now a liability for ODI team, Alas, Indian board had the same vision and courage in dropping their aging cricketers (Dravid, Laxman and Tendulker) and Dhoni from captaincy).

  • Prema1948 on February 20, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    Ponting is a great batsmen in the same class of Lara &T'dulkar, that has maintained 1st Cla Bat.Ave. around 55. There are only a handful of such quality. This type of batting average could be achieved only by those quality batters who 've b'n fortunate enough always to bat as front-liners. Among Sri Lankan players only S'weera can come anywhere close to those three, unfortunately this class player has always been sent to bat at odd places and sometimes dropped (SL s'lctors of last 25 ys 've bn very much allergic to quality batters of Drvid's Class & always preffered reckless hitters) to make way for VIPs. Great players should retire when they are still in demand making way for the youngsters in line. It's good for T'dulkar if he too had announce his retirement before too long. It 'd do a world of good for him as well as for the immensely talented young cricketers in India. If Sir DGB could retire at an Test Ba.Av. of 99.94, It won't do any halm if T'dulkar retire at 99 Int.100s.

  • street_smart on February 20, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Indian selectors- plz learn & show courage...

  • on February 20, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    we know PONTING has served the mighty aussies for more than a 15 years. i, as a great fan of australian team, would reccomend the selectors to make gateway for new talenteed comers. Ponting should retire and be remembered as a legend after sir bradman. ponting is and was a grest mentor to new players and shared his experience, that would be missing in the team now. but no problem with new taented players like warner, siddle, hilfenhaus and experienced duo of hussey brothers and clarke would gain mometum from ricky.

  • on February 20, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    One of the most gifted and stylish players in world cricket. Can't forget his 100th test match.

  • on February 20, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Brave decision...but not the end of life for punter...he can now relax and prepare himself for the next series...

  • on February 20, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    Please dont force RICKY to take such a decision in haste.Its absolutely ridiculous nd mindless tactics from AUS selectors of dishonoring a great legend like RICKY PONTING.HE is still an exceptional fielder at covers nd gully positions nd he runs fast between wickets.Please dont retire from cricket immediately.Punter

  • on February 20, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Its a shame that a man who has been a part of 3 world cup wins and has captained 2 of them he has to retire this way.. He deserves a better farewell.. A legend of the game, beyond any doubt!!

  • HLANGL on February 20, 2012, 17:25 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!.

  • world.cricketer on February 20, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    need not drop ponting such a great player should be picked for WI tour for both TEST'S and ODI's.He should be given some chances such a great player can play for 1 more year sure..

  • on February 20, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Great form, the selector is dreaming.... he played well against india, he had a bad run for the past three years.

  • drnaveed on February 20, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    every cricketer has to retire one day,so will be Ponting.we will definitely miss him.but, it is a bold move by the Australian selector.i hope, the other countries will learn something from it,and look towards best interest of their country rather than looking towards individual player or his past record.

  • Baber_Baloch on February 20, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    Ricky we love u much,.... you will be remeber all time good player....you gave 2 world cup to Aust.....but dear every player have to face this time.....good luck in next life.We miss u always as Legend of cricket.

  • torsha on February 20, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Good decision. It could have been better if he had done that before by himself. Lol some idiots talking about Sachin. Sachin is not even playing regular ODIs, so leave the matter there only. Enough about Sachin.

  • on February 20, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Well done Ricky on a brilliant ODI career for Australia a big part of some of the best Australian cricket I've seen in his time in the side. In the end though the right decision by the NSP, time to move on and start getting blokes the necessary games under their belt in prep for the 2015 WC. Guys like, Forrest, Finch, Cowan, Voges, Bailey, Marsh, Ferguson, Burns, Lynn, Cooper, Klinger etc need to be looked at or considered over the next 18 months and combinations established. Mike Hussey probably helped bring Punter's demise quicker as he has been in good form but near the same age and when a team is looking to regenerate for a big tournament, it comes down to performance. Are the Hussey brothers, Harris and Lee going to make the next WC, who knows but there will be more permanent changes to come.....!!!

  • on February 20, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Shame-Shame Australian Selectors .................

    This is how you treat a Legend ..........

    Am Indian, though am praising Ponting bcz he is one of the finest ........

    Again, SHAME-SHAME Australian Selectors ...............

  • on February 20, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    I wish the India will do the same to Sachin since there is no point wasting time to wait for the 100th century at the age of 38 as you can no longer play a match winning innings.

  • on February 20, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    now this is funny...get his captain one match...and then sayonara...first steve waugh and now ricky has to digest this bitter pill.

  • SasiGladi on February 20, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Atleast they should have asked him to play one more ODI and take the bow from the crowd for whom he played like a legend and kept them happy....I think Aust cric brd after hearing his recent interview about his ability to continue ODI decided to push him out of the team forcefully....I wonder whether same thing will happen in Indian team but definetly it will not happen with Sachin........it will be an very very painfull day when Sachin retires....I thank these legends (including dravid) who generated never ending love on cricket in me....

  • Thisismyopinion on February 20, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    Shameful act by Cricket Australia and John Inverarity - you're a disgrace. Even Pakistan did better with Shoaib Akhtar. It's okay to let someone with Punter's experience know that he will be dropped at the end of the series. Or to let him know that he has another 2 games to turn things around or step down. Sri Lanka did an awesome job with Murali.

    I have seen many professional sports and greats are treated with respect and given that Ponting was in Australia, the crowd could have had a chance to pay their respects. It's not like Ricky scoring less than 10 has caused the team to be at the bottom of the table. A big boo to the Aussie Selectors. Ricky, Wish you the very best. Results are important, but so are relationships.

  • LordOfCric on February 20, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    All of you who are praising him about being good human being, captain, batsman & feilder doesn't mean anything. The guy has been dropped by selectors you know what that means? His services is no longer required. Is this what you called a LEGEND? He has three world cup under his belt, second most profilic run getter. Should have retired after WC-2011...... Now he is one of those players who were dropped by board and selector. I dont call that a LEGEND or Master Batsman..............................

  • Indian_Fan2011 on February 20, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Its very rude....from selection panel. One day he is the best man to lead and the other day he is not fit to be in ODI.

  • bramo on February 20, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Ricky Ponting is a Legend of Modern day Cricket

  • abhi026 on February 20, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Yes he is certainly been a great cricketer.Every person of any field has his days.Now its ponting's time.I think he should retire from all format of the game because then he will go on a high.Having beaten india 4-0 and two centuries includiing double hundred is the ideal time to go.It would have been greater had he declared it so that he could have left the cricket with honour onthe ground ,But still he will be honoured.One another thing that I want is that if ponting retires completely then he should be given chance to play in the cb series regardless of his performance so that he could get the feeling of playing last time.I was not one of the great fans of ponting but he does require anyone to be,because he has so many,but still I feel there would be a space created after he goes.really it will be an imotional time to leave him.Surely if not the greatest ,he is one of the most dominant player and caption of his era.

  • Jaggadaaku on February 20, 2012, 16:06 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!

  • John-Price on February 20, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    "There are three Tests in the West Indies, then as I understand it no more Test matches until October-November"

    "as I understand it"? Doesn't he know? Why not look at the fixture list?

  • on February 20, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    if he retire he will not be my god anymore coz god never dissopointed his child .......comman ponting

  • on February 20, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    This will happen when the players are legends and the selectors are the ones who never scored even a century in cricket and for the nation. Ricky is on the way of Hayden and Gilchrist who were also treated very badly by CA.

  • on February 20, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Words can't express how sad I am due to this. My only request to the NSP - Let him play till the Ashes!

  • on February 20, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    That's all the stupidity of selectors if they force Ponting to retirement. He ain't currently playing well right now because he's just out of form, like could see clearly he played top class innings just recently with Clarke against India in tests.So, he shouldn't get retired till the next world cup in 2015.

  • Riderstorm on February 20, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    All I hope is that ponting had prior discussion with the selection panel over the possible exclusion. It seems to be the respectable way. He deserves it. Although, asking him to captain for two ODIs and then dumping him doesn't seem that way. It might not be the most efficient thing to do allowing a great player the chance to bow out of the game, it is a sporting thing to do and best way to thank for his dedication to the game.

  • kitten on February 20, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    I know it had to happen sooner or later, but dropping Ricky in this manner was not the right way to go. He should have been given another game to use as a final farewell, and told so. He would then be able to perform for the last time in front of his beloved fans and the rest of the world(who have always loved his performances on the field). It's happened, and it's a shame. But nothing will take away the wonderful memories. Ricky, you are a class act, and your fantastic performances over the years all over the world will always remain etched in our memories. If you do intend to retire from all forms of cricket, then I, on behalf of millions of fans around the world, wish you and your family all the very best of Good Health, and Happiness in the years to come.

  • on February 20, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Any private organization which is developing will let go employees If they are not productive for the company, But Government jobs dont care much about the quality, once you are employed you will be there for life time .. Wont care about country and forget about producivity .. Difference between Aus ans Indian way of handling things.. Hatts Off...

  • Alexk400 on February 20, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Ponting should retire and show world he don't need stats like sachin do , only wins he care.

  • LockyerValley on February 20, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Inverarity mentioned in another article that it's a possibility that Watson will train with the Australian team throughout this week, and officially take Punter's place in Sunday's game. If this materialises, I think the most loyal thing that the selectors could do is to, despite current form, give Ricky an official send off on Friday night in his home state. Let him play that one last 50 over match, and give him the opportunity to walk off to a standing ovation in the green and gold. For any Australian that watches cricket, we have no-one to be more proud of in the cricket world, and it certainly makes me feel empty inside to know that he's just leaving without a proper goodbye. It's like when you suddenly lose a family member. You didn't have the time to say goodbye.

  • samudralakiku on February 20, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Well done NSP. Ricky is a great player and everyone knows that. Infact he is a legend. But he is not the future. Great decision by NSP. BCCI can learn a lot from these guys.

  • on February 20, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Tendulkar take the hint please....

  • on February 20, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    That's all stupidity of the selectors if they force ponting to retirement

  • on February 20, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Very wise and well timed decision by CA .That shows where they stand and other boards stand . BCCI can never dare to drop legends like this and thats why india s future is uncertain in cricket . Ponting should play two years more in test cricket and retire gracefully after Eng ashes next year by winning ashes which i am sure they will win if hilfy hussey clarke ponting watson cummings siddle and pattinson r fit .He should have been retired after making century in WC QF against india but i don know why he delayed. Legends has to go one day . Everybody said what will happen when warne and mcgrath retire but we saw young blokes fitting in .So happened for gillchrist and hayden timely retirements .I am pakistani and imy dream is to win test series in australia which is the most tough thing in test cricket and when we ll achieve that i ll consider my team a top nation.Beating Eng SA is nothing compared to Aus.

  • myStraightTalk on February 20, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    PONTING WILL BE JOINING THE INDIAN TEAM SINCE IN INDIA THE SENIOR HAS THE SAY WHEN COMES TO RETIREMENT AND NOT THE SELECTORS. THE AUS SELECTORS GOT PRESSURE FROM PUBLIC AND HIGHER AUTHORITY. HOPE THE INDIAN PUBLIC JUST NOT WATCH CRICKET AND HAVE A SAY.

  • sandyyy on February 20, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    They should have told him that this will be your last series if you want to retire from ODI's on high note. This would have motivated him to perform well. Even if he fails, he could have retired in front of his home crowd. If he did not plan to retire from ODI's, then sacking is good so that he can play domestic games and come back. But I really doubt if he can comeback atleast to ODI team. This is very different with Indian culture. In India, except Ganguly, all other great players (not talking about who came and gone) were given a chance to retire respectfully in front of home crowd.

  • AKS286 on February 20, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    hero never retires.... ponting the best.... he is my hero.

  • playitstraight on February 20, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Take a bow, Sir Ricky Ponting, for all these years of sincere dedication for Australian cricket! We Indians cannot forget the amazing knocks you have played against us, including the 140* in the WC 2003 Final and the recent knocks in the Test series. You will forever be remembered!

  • RK.Chandru on February 20, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    If only Krish Srikkanth and the other selectors have the guts and vision of their Australian counterparts.... Our grandpas aren't matured enough to stay aside and give way for youngsters on their own. We can only pray, selectors have the guts to tell them "enough is enough! we had enough of u and thanks for what you did!"

  • on February 20, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    this is for crist sake dis man got double test hundred few weeks bck now selector n spectator talking abt his ability on onedayers sick selection without ponting n wat i can say i hv no words 4 aussie selector de 4 get things so easily i wonder y clark is captain he is t20 most worst doesnt suite him also in one dayers i jus dnt like his captaincy n also his batting ......

  • on February 20, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    This is why the Aussie ruled the world of cricket and will continue to do in the future. The team comes first and not individuals.

  • Joninnorwich on February 20, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Even us Poms will miss yer Ricky! Pretty much the last link of the great Aussie sides of the mid nineties til 2008. And he stood out as a star even in that company. Great value as a batsman, fielder, and his tendancy to a little temper tantrum every now and again just added to the flavour. But overall, us Brits have got a lot of time for Ricky and we'll miss him if he goes. I think the selectors are just a bit premature in elbowing right now, just like they were with Tugga!

  • on February 20, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Dear Indian Administrators, Did you notice the last phrase in the write-up. "....the best decision in the interest of Australian cricket". Is there anything called. "....the best decision in the interest of Indian cricket" ?

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

    It's not surprising given his form. he was never going to be at the next world cup so we need to shift our focus to finding someone new. I really hope he continues playing test cricket after the form he found against india. He deserves to milk another 10 centuries being shielded down the order without the pressure of captaincy. But for a guy who has unjustly been hammered in the media in everything he does, now would be a good time for him to pull stumps. awesome ODI career - highlight of course being his 140 odd in the 03 final. you watch that, or his 160 odd in the famous loss against SA (400+ match), and you realise he just isn't the same these days. He was a ODI batsmen without peer and produced his best when it mattered...and let's not forget probably the best one day captain of all time. I hope CA are really working on him to keep playing tests, we dont have anyone who can come in to replace him and we need to keep that winning feeling going.

  • sohaibahmad on February 20, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    time for Indian selectors to take a cue and drop somone like Ponting....

  • orangtan on February 20, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Sachin, let us remember you as the most outstanding batsman India has ever produced and among the world's top 3 during your glittering 22-year career. We salute you humbly, but Sachin it is time to retire as a player from all forms of the game and serve the game in another capacity. It'was sad to see you struggle at the 'Gabba two days ago culminating in an inglorious end to your innings. You have slowed down in the field and can no longer run well between the wickets. So,please do the right thing, and increase the esteem in which we all hold you.

  • Noball_Specialist on February 20, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Ponting lost his mojo.

  • on February 20, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Ponting scored a double hundred recently; has failed in 5 ODI's; is still one of the sharpest fielders in the game. I have a feeling that the selectors don't value his hundreds much because it came against a mediocre Indian attack.

  • maddinson on February 20, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Ponting is still the best fielder in Australian team at this age, compare with some one like Sehwag, Laxman, Dravid and Tendulkar who putting them-self ahead of their team despite of being failing almost as much as Ponting did in last few years. I would any day prefer to being dropped rather than playing selfishly despite being hurting future of their national team.

  • nathangonmad on February 20, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Ponting go on! Go play the West Indies tour then come play some county cricket get ready for the Ashes! It wouldn't be the same beating Aus if they didn't have their star batsman!

  • on February 20, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    I think it is a kind of good move. Like how players retired from T20 so that youngsters can fill, Ponting can do the same in ODIs. He can continue playing for Australia in tests for sometime. This will allow someone like Forrest or maybe Michael Clarke / Mike Hussey to move up to no3

  • praveenchopra on February 20, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    we indians do not want to treat like aussies did ponting,we respect our senior players ,i do hope sachin will play a long time and we do not care how long sachin will take to score his 100 th hundred,we all are with you ,sachin can decide when to play and where to play because he is a legend,sachin is like a god to us,sachin bashers get lost

  • on February 20, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    Tendulkar Should'nt face such agony.....So he should retire now...As such Dhoni has clearly stated that he is very "SLOW"On field...So the Begining of end of tendulkar has started?

  • on February 20, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    I dont think he should retire and i dont think CA should force him to do so from any form of the game

  • 777aditya on February 20, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    sad end to a great career - I will never forget the World Cup final century he scored against India almost a decade ago - that for me was his best innings! He has been a major force not only because of his batting and fielding but also his amazingly consistent captaincy - WELL PLAYED PONTING! This might be the beginning of the end of the greats of the current era with Sachin, Dravid, Laxman to follow

  • bigwonder on February 20, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    @Sampath_KCS, I agree that Pointing has been great at batting and captaining but to call him a gentleman is overkill. Let's not get emotional and over-react. Every players has positives and negatives. While Pointing was great with bat during his prime his on-filed behavior was not so great. Some may see that has a necessary evil, I see that as a lack of professionalism. It is still sad to see him retire (most probably) this way. I have seen similar fates of few Indian players as well but I am certain that it will not happen to Tendulkar - but he too should be proud enough and know when it is time to stop.

  • on February 20, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    i think ponting should not consider retirement from ODIs >he is retiring from this form of cricket because of poor form !!!!!!!!! if thats the case then he should have considered retirement from test cricket also because of poor form.He didnt do that he waited for the oppurtunities and succeded!!!!!! now of one day cricket he should wait for oppurtunities to get his form back!!!!

  • on February 20, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    As a WI fan nothing better than winning against Aus. But i would love to see Ricky play on Test until the Ashes if FIT. The Ashes will be a great Farewell for him and keep Test Cricket interesting.

  • on February 20, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    @AB99 : excellent comment :) :)

  • on February 20, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Like most England fans, we have had a love/hate relationship with Punter over the years, he's been cast as the 'pantomine villain' by us, but we've always had the highest admiration for Punter the man, and Punter the cricketer...So the aussie selectors have seemingly called time on his ODI career, so what?....he's still a quality test match batsmen with plenty more gas in the tank for test match cricket, and in with that in mind and in closing, on behalf of the many english fans on here and around the world in general, don't you dare retire yet from test cricket Punter, and we look forward to you stepping out to bat in the lords test match 2013!

  • on February 20, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    I think the BCCI should take a cue from CA. Have the guts to say to big guys - you had your days, now move on! I think it is difficult for a player to judge when it is time to go. You think maybe another year and then another year. It is like our actors in Bollywood. When their movies crash on the box office, it is only then they realise that they are not selling any more. Here the BCCI has to take the harsh step! Get new guys in! If we have to loose, might as well loose with the new breed! That way one does not feel embarrassed to see the greats & legends being turned to mortals.

  • whitesXI on February 20, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    I don't mean to belittle punters good name, but this decision was long overdue. To all those crying out about harsh treatment of a champion - if this decision was made 18 months ago I'd agree with you, but Ponting has had ample time and oppurtunity to either make big scores or make the decision himself, he did neither and left selctors little choice.

  • cricfanraj on February 20, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    I really felt sad on the way this whole issue is handled . feel sorry for Ricky. He definitely deserves graceful exit. Not sure he was informed in advance.Ricky we enjoyed watching you.

  • on February 20, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    Dropping Ponting in the middle of the series is very unfair in my view. Ok if selectors wanted to drop ponting and look for new players, they should have done it before ODI series. It is very harsh decision and I feel sorry for Ponting. When Ponting feels that he has lot to offer for Australian cricket, selectors should believe him. After this series he can be dropped. I do not think neither India nor Sri Lanka can beat Australia on pitches like Perth, Gabba and Melbourne. Only Sydney and Adelaide are the pitches where India or Sri Lanka can beat them if their big stars click. When playing against such sides Ponting will definitely play a big innings. Ponting must not retire and to me he is looking very fit and fine. He should try playing ODI's in other countries and do not quit the domestic cricket of Australia as well. I wish him all the best.

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

    Good job Australia. I hope he goes away from test cricket as well. Scoring runs against India when India has 100% loss rate playing outside India is not a big achievement. Moving forward, if Ponting plays in tests, you always have to keep your fingers crossed as to what he might score. Australia deserves better because if Australia is weak, other teams don't have any reason to improve themselves. Cricket was at its best in and around 2005. Since then it has become a joke. All kinds of formats, DRS and lack of talent. Players today are pretty average and demand higher salaries. Cricket has become a welfare and retirement system for players.

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

    ponting is the greatest captain and batsman for australia.Inverarity can axe him now but he should definitely include him in the odi squad against west indies andl england where he is going to make a strong comeback.He can still play till the 2013 ashes and win it back for australia.I don't think he should retire at them moment and he will not leave the team so easily.

  • reddawn1975 on February 20, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    I cannot believe Cricket Australia your decision to drop with out a doubt the best batsman and modern day player in Australian cricket history bar Sir don of course is a complete disgrace so he had a few failed innings i am preety sure he would hit some run's just like he did in the test matches and silenced his critics.Give the MAN at least until the end of this series he deserves it and not an axing from the side shame cricket Australia.....I am a 100% aussie cricket fan, john inverarity & co you need to have a good look in the mirror lads a player of Ricky quality deserves better.

  • on February 20, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    without ponting... it is not australia.... i think after clarke...Now ther is no good batsman in their line up... may be watson,hussey(ll soon retire) after that nobody.... this is too soon.... could have waited till the end of this year....

  • MaxG9 on February 20, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    elle139, great comments. breno104, had Ponting been dropped at the start of the series people would inevitably have said that the NSP was not giving him a chance to carry his form from the test series to the One day triangular. It was better that he was given the chance & found wanting. His recent one day record before this tournament has been poor & definitely on the wane. AB99, Ponting repeatedly said he was not ready to retire as yet. There was no way the NSP could have told him to captain twice & then leave & risk to be seen as somewhat blackmailing. To leave is the player's decision before he is pushed. Which is what has happened now to Ponting in his International one day career.

    I am no personal fan of Ponting's but whatever said & done he was a classy batsmen & will remembered as one of the legends of the game. I wish him well.

  • on February 20, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    AUSTRALIA HAVE TO MAKE GOOD FOR THIS

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on February 20, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    I have always said Haddin and ONE of M Hussey & Ponting would go during 2012 if Australia were serious about looking towards the 2013 Ashes and reading between the lines you get the impression that Ponting may have asked for some thinking time and the chance to retire from Tests on his own terms. Either way there is a desperate need for new Australian batsmen to emerge. The return of Watson & the promise of Forrest might have made the selectors task a little easier.

  • yorkslanka on February 20, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    Personally I didnt like his attitude and some of his behaviour on the cricket field BUT I have to say he was a superb player..I think he has been treated poorly by the selectors who old have gone about this differently..

  • on February 20, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    will the bcci take such decision, on sachin

  • on February 20, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Always ODI is a big ask for ageing legends.It's in a way wise decision from NSP.But I hope ricky continues to play test cricket for atleast another year(ASHES 2013) to win in England.Absolute legend of the game!

  • on February 20, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    I should think that Ricky has the ability to bounce back from such a setback, and as John Inverarity has said, who knows down the line things might change. I would think that if Ricky does well in List A matches, he might make his way back in, but off course that is a very long shot. Would still want him continuing in the Test format, he's in sublime touch there.

  • mughal29173 on February 20, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    i think tendulkar and dravids and sehwags should take a lead from ponting. Oh i think BCCI selectors should take a lesson from ACB. ACB has taken an unpopular step in the larger interest of their cricket and not for the money which big batsman bring from advertisements and home crowed. Hats off the Ricky Ponting and the ACB. I am sure Autralian cricket will be benefitted. thanks

  • Scube on February 20, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    @King99: Ricky hit all of TWO 6s and NO 4s off 17 deliveries from Bhajji in that innings! Is that what you call repeatedly despatching into the crowd!?! It was a great innings though! But, nothing will take away the fact that Bhajji unquestionably had Punter's number! And I doubt Ricky will announce his retirement even from ODIs anytime soon!

  • on February 20, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    about bloody time

    lets hope it doesn't take 2 years of poor form to drop the next veteran, because taking them out as soon as possible is the best thing for the sport to retain the number 1 mantle in australia

    Haddin should be next then the Husseys then Clarke and bring in some good youngsters

  • on February 20, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Its a touchy subject for me. I am a true fan of Ricky's and I am upset at the decision. But in saying that no man is greater than a team. I want him to stay on and play in the test in West Indies. I think it is too early to take him out of that aspect of the game. You could see it in his eyes when he got out. He knew it would be the last time that he play in the One Day Internationals. I felt for him. I guess if he was in form we wouldn't be having this conversation. I just hope they still take him to West Indies and he produces the magic we know he has as a true batsmen of the game. I want him to be a part of the ashes tour in England before he retires. I am being optimistic as I know its a long way away, but it would be a great send of for such a player of his caliber. Only time will tell.

  • Gordo85 on February 20, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    How much longer can the older firm stay in the game? There does come to a point where it is obvious age is an issue.

  • on February 20, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    As a Sri lankan I used to hate Ponting because he is a one batsman who can change a game with a split of a second. I still remember how he batted against SL in the VB series.. he completely took away the game from SL. But when he play his natural strokes i really love to watch them. Specially when he play those against India! I'm sure he will bounce back. Really hope to see him in the field as a One day international player. It is bit sad how NSP treated him. he was dropped soon after he lead the team to a win against india and its like 'hey ponting we dnt need u now just get lost'. I think NSP should have given more time for him. If he was under performing why did they appoint him as a captain which will put more burden on him. Hope Ricky will bounce back! Good Luck! Even though i used to hate u! (Not because of u ar a Aussie but because of u are a devastating batsman who can turn any game )

  • CheeseOnAStick on February 20, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    The way this came about should never have happened to Ricky. I blame the selectors for not having a deep talk with him after the world cup. The only logical reason (in terms of Australia's development) for Ponting to continue playing ODIs after the wc would be for younger batters to learn from him; and with Clarke, Watson and the more dynamic M. Hussey his experience was not even required. All of that aside though, as an unbiased spectator, I will surely miss Ricky's presence whenever the aussies play ODIs from now on.

  • on February 20, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    DO NOT RETIRE UNTILL 2015!!!!

  • popcorn on February 20, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Form is temporary,Class is permanent - so is that out of the window? The Selectors could have waited until the Commonwealth Bank Series is completed.Bad manners towards the next best batsman to Sir Donald Bradman.

  • on February 20, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    That's the difference between Australia and India.Team before Individual vs individual before team.How long Tendulkar will play in ODIs?

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

    Just as he did in test cricket Ricky will just be a couple of games away to regain form in ODI's. I think the Aussie selectors took this decision under pressure and to some extent show they are up for change!! Ricky, one of the Greatest, deserves a better deal! Ponting's pull is my favorite among shots in cricket and surely the game will be poorer without him. Given India's recent form, a guy like Ponting can easily make his way into the Indian team!!

  • on February 20, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    This is no way to treat a legend like Ricky.....India had done the same with Dravid too back in 2007, but at least the selectors tried to categorize it as rest although they never picked him after that. But this one is even more embarrassing. It is not that people like Warner & Wade had done something spectacular either to retain their places. India did this mistake with Anil Kumble when Amit Mihsra burst into the scene with a 5 Wicket hall.Since then Mishra has done nothing and India missed Kumble's services thereafter. What did act of arrogance from the Aus selectors will do is to make Ponting think about his future with Australian cricket. He might call it a quit and Australian test team will suffer which is far from settled. Neither do their one day team look settled either. Common sense would have suggested the management to talk to Ponting and get him to retire from ODI which a man of stature would have done if he had found out that his services are not longer needed.

  • Abdurrazaaq on February 20, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    Maybe Sachin and Ponting can have a joint retirement?????

  • shrastogi on February 20, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    All said and done he has gone on a high. Though not in terms of runs from bat but by leading the ODI side to victory.

  • on February 20, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    sad...........but in a way its probably the right decision made....his scores in this series tell the tale....but i think the selectors will give him a final chance to say farewell

  • on February 20, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    hopefully this axing from the one-day squad does NOT result in him ending his test career. Australia have South Africa visiting the country next summer and having Punter there in the trenches,especially if Steyn and company dismiss Clarke and Hussey early, will be exceedingly helpful. As to whether he does enough in the West Indies to retain his place for next summer's home campaigns and possibly(but not probably) involvement in the 2013 tour to England IS UP TO HIM. If ever there has been a gift for the Tasmanian state team it is to have Punter playing for them while Clarke and company fight it out with India and Sri Lanka in the current triangular tournament.

  • yoohoo on February 20, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    For all those commenting about sachin, please remember that unlike ponting, sachin voluntarily stopped playing ODIs a long time ago. He picks and chooses a few interesting and marquee series to play in only. In fact, after hitting his 200*, he didn't play a single ODI until the worldcup 11 months later. And then again after the Worldcup this is the first series he is playing ODIs in. He is pretty much defacto retired from ODIs.

  • on February 20, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    Ponting - one of the greats of cricket. hope he will play test cricket for some time. this is the ultimate truth, you have to go. Let BCCI learn from this and show the door for underperforming big guns ....

  • WRX_STi on February 20, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Considering his test match performances should have kept him till the end of the series. At least as a respect to this legendary cricketer. Despite his poor performance in the last few one day games, we all know what he is capable of. We all remember his great innings at the recent world cup semi finals in India.

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

    Great Test form? really? he's been poor for 2 years, has a very good series against a bowling attack that was completely out of its depth for the majority of the series, and suddenly hes back in form? his time has come and gone, unfortunately for him. He's also not a true gentleman like some people are sayiong, even many australians accept that hes the complete opposite of that.

  • on February 20, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Good decision, the good show of Wade and Forrest, helped this. But the fact remains, he will always be remembered as a legend. He should continue at least till end of this year in tests

  • varunrallapalli on February 20, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    Good decision by Australian selectors it is good for the game and australian cricket....he is a strict liability in the team as Sachin Tendulkar is for India in ODIS...it seems he has completely lost his touch like Ponting....better for game if both stalwarts quit shorter format...earlier rather than late........I also think that he found form in test cricket against a weak bowling attack like India........he will be found out against other countries and in overseas...then he will be dumped out of test cricket too.............RIP ponting

  • on February 20, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    They could have rested him and phase him out politely. Whats wrong with people these days, they can never end things on a good note(Recent personal experience lol)

  • ultimatewarrior on February 20, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    When the time will come that Indian selectors will be as brave as Aussies counterpart to show some of Indian legends the door.....

  • Oldpunk on February 20, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    When JI was appointed we kept hearing what a great communicator he was. There are a lot of mixed messages here - RP has been excluded from the squad for the next two games, RP ODI career is over, Ricky may announce his retirement from ODI in the next day or two, and he may decide to retire from Test Cricket as well. JI needs to stop "communicating" - it's total confusion.

  • on February 20, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    New guys in Aussis are still lack in surviving in pressure situations. I have seen only Ponting and Clarke who just were able to build innings under such pressure situations (with due respect to other players who are much successful in normal conditions). By droping him suddenly like this, it will open other teams to slash aussie team through more easily ... Unfair call from panel by just considering two or three recent games. Dont look at short term up-and-downs, but long term consistancy...

  • on February 20, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Take a bow Ricky Ponting, you've been one of the very best. Even though I always thought when he was at his peak he was brash & arrogant, but still I wanted him to go out on his own terms but I guess when you don't do that the selectors rightly had to do so. What is admirable is the communication between the NSP & the player concerned. How I wish Indian Cricket learns from the Aussies & even from England, there is communication between players, NSP & even board unlike in India where communication doesn't exist at all. Even Indian selection committee just doesn't have it in them to take such bold yet correct decisions. Recalling Rahul Dravid in England to play the ODIs was a joke & asking Sachin to play ODIs in Australia is another joke. I mean high time they pull the plug. Even in Test Matches time to take DECISIONS by asking ageing players to move on. Sad Indian Cricket Administrators will never ever change.

  • nithesh_87 on February 20, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Ponting Axed- not goo denough for international cricket anymore

  • on February 20, 2012, 10:17 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... ponting should be given rest for some ODI then he should continue playing

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

    As a selector, Inverarity is invariably a rarity for making Ponting retire involuntarily.

  • ALATIFUSMAN on February 20, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    SAD DAY FOR CRICKET. PONTING SHOULD NOT RETIRE TRY DOMESTIC ONE DAYERS AND MAKE A COMEBACK.

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

    OK This is not a Good News at all! They should have dropped him!! They should have had bit more faith on him for ODI's like they did for test matches!! Yes Watson needs to come in and that is not issue becuase he has been in there with Ponting!! They should have leave out someone else instead of Ponting!!! C'on!!!!!

  • on February 20, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    I shall remember Ponting as an aggressive batsman whose strike rate never dropped, no matter, what the situation was!!! thanx for the memories Punter!!!

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

    Agree with AB99 - Aus dropping their captain midway through a series just shows how clueless their selectors are.

  • Nischal82 on February 20, 2012, 9:42 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!!!

  • Sampath_KCS on February 20, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Of course he 's being a true human being & a gentleman,a great master of the game of our time. I still remember he scoring 96 on his debut against Srilanka & over the years have come up to become a legend of the modern game. The way he behaved during the last tough four months was amazing & it sets a great example for the budding cricketers, The way he kept calm when things not going his way & responded with his bat is quite amazing. That's the discipline this great game teach you. Well Done Champion. You'll be ever remembered !!!

  • manish666 on February 20, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    world cricket is gonna b poorer without ponting...i hated him all life long for his arrgance at his peak,pushing sharad pawar to collect a cup,treating opponents with little regard...BT HE IS ONE OF THE FINEST BATSMAN OF ALL TIME N DESERVED SOME GRACEFUL EXIT...ITS RUDENESS FROM AUS SELECTORS TO HV NT GIVEN HIM CHANCE TO TAKE A BOW...

  • elle119 on February 20, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    A lot of people are commenting on the NSP's decision to drop Ponting as rude given his great service for Australian cricket over the years, and in a way that's true. Conversely, I think everyone should also remember that the role of the NSP is to pick the best possible team so that the team has the best possible chance of winning its next game. The NSP's role is not to coddle players and bow to their whims however sentimental the situation might be. Therefore, if considered in that light, the NSP was really only doing its job, which is no small feat considering how inept the previous selection board under Hilditch was. I guess at the end of the day, I would rather have a seemingly "rude" or "unfair" NSP who can make the really harsh calls when the occasion calls for it, over a bumbling, incoherent board without any appreciable evidence of planning, reasoning or thought. No one here can argue that on form alone, playing as batsman, Ponting rightly should have been dropped.

  • thinktank1 on February 20, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Considering the way Australia plays cricket, this news is not shocking. They play tough. They think big.. but Ponting is always a great personality on field, very active and tough. He is a good example to youngsters :)

  • ravi_hari on February 20, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    The NSP has done some wise selections recently. Picking Hilfy, Wade and Starc on potential, persisting with Ponting and Hussey and giving Warner and Marsh longer gestation periods. All excepting in case of Marsh have worked very well. So, there is nothing wrong in they deciding to drop Ponting. However, fans and Ricky will find it difficult to digest. In a highly competitive world, form is the in thing. As Ricky's coach commented - Runs are a batsmen's currency! You cannot stay without performing. Ponting stayed only because Clarke got injured. Otherwise he would not have played at Brisbane. I am sure Ponting will realise this and will take a decision in the best interest of CA. I personally feel he should continue playing tests like Dravid and chase the 50 ton mark. He definitely has about 2 years of cricket in him, can play without much pressure and can call it quits in England helping Aus win the Urn back. He teams up well with Clarke and the two can push Aus back to test No.1 rank.

  • AB99 on February 20, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    NSP "Hey Ricky - Clarke is injured - you will captain next two games" ... Ponting does that with a victory against India ... Shane Watson is fit again ... NSP "Hey Ricky, you are useless now ... that was your last ODI for Austrailia" Please forget the 375 matches, three World Cups (two as skipper), 30 hundreds, 13000+ runs and go away .... It would have been better "Hey Ricky, Clarke injured ... you captain the next two games and announce retirement from ODI cricket ..." This is how you shd have treated a legend ... Before they do this to you in tests, please retire. It appears as in superstores that the item is discounted as the expiry date is closing in. Australian and World cricket is poorer today ... Thanks for the great time Ricky ... we shall miss you ... LET THE BEST BE YOURS ...

  • breno104 on February 20, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Full credit to Ponting for finding his form in the recent test series against India, after 2 years of mediocrity I was glad to see the Ricky of old back. But this is where it should of stopped! The NSP should not have selected him for the ODI's, as they were looking to blood youngsters for the future. This would of been a much better way to handle it, and Ricky's confidence still would of been sky high for the Test series in the WI. But allowing him to play on in ODI's and lose his form and confidence, and now being AXED, is not the ideal situation at all. Invererity should of handled this at the start of the tri-series.

  • on February 20, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    sachin fans "This is SPARTAA"

  • JesseV on February 20, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    I hope he continues to score runs in Tests and doesnt retire before we win the Ashes back in 2013!. If he can stay sharp, maybe get a county contract(depending on his wife's say, of cos) and not go out with a whimper in the Windies.

  • dwivedy on February 20, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    great decision by john inverarity & co. great for the game. no one can go on forever. all good things comes to end someday. i hope indian selectors are watching. i wish they can take such decisions. at least for the sake of indian cricket.

  • on February 20, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    How can the Australian selectors be so rude to Mr. Ricky Ponting. The man who lead Australia to two world cup wins. If he is willing to play for Australia, how can they drop him. Mr Ponting should decide when to retire, not the Australian selectors. He is a great cricketer.

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

    Interesting Invararity would come out and say this. There must really be something to the story. Before reading this I'd never have expected a retirement from Ponting, but now I'm not so sure. Would be great to be able to say your last innings was a double hundred though. Either way you go Ricky we'll support you.

  • ajayrcs on February 20, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    After two ODI they will bring back Ponting because India now feel easy to crush Australia by that time it will be too late Now I wish from my heart that India to win this CB series By Thumping Australia.

  • on February 20, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    hi ponting, pls do not retire from odis or test matches. make a comeback like you did in the test matches and then put a slap on the selectors face. you have won 3 world cups in your career and 2 as captain. who is john inverartiy to decide future of ponting. has he played any international match? they should have rested you but not dropped. that too saying it publicly makes a an arrogant clarke like dhoni. this will be the beginning of the downfall of clarke.

  • on February 20, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    This is sad news, but the right decision. It was painful to watch Ponting playing yesterday. The over-riding message from the Argus Review was to reward performance and to retain Ponting after 5 consecutive single-digit ODI scores would absolutely go against that message.

  • ghtvnath on February 20, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    true zenboomerang,its not ethical that Inverarity publish these words before man himself decide so.This is like persuading ponting to retire with few sweet words.Say "Its time for Ponting to retire" straight if u think that what is best for Aus Cricket, be a man Inverarity.

  • dj97 on February 20, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    Why would the selectors drop Starc to bring in Ryan Harris. Harris isn't bad, but I don't think that Starc bowled that bad

  • smudgeon on February 20, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    To all the people saying "poor Ricky, he's a legend, he deserves better, etc.": do you honestly think Ponting expects to be carried out of the game on his own terms? The selectors have made it very clear that performance matters, and Punter's ODI performance this summer has been dreadful. Ponting's an adult, an excellent cricketer, and a realist. He knows he's not bigger than the game - and poor performance shouldn't be overlooked for the sake of sentiment. Punter took it on the chin - don't assume he's crying into a cup of warm milk over this.

  • katandthat3 on February 20, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    Well done Ricky on a brilliant ODI career for Australia a big part of some of the best Australian cricket I've seen in his time in the side. In the end though the right decision by the NSP, time to move on and start getting blokes the necessary games under their belt in prep for the 2015 WC. Guys like, Forrest, Finch, Cowan, Voges, Bailey, Marsh, Ferguson, Burns, Lynn, Cooper, Klinger etc need to be looked at or considered over the next 18 months and combinations established. Mike Hussey probably helped bring Punter's demise quicker as he has been in good form but near the same age and when a team is looking to regenerate for a big tournament, it comes down to performance. Are the Hussey brothers, Harris and Lee going to make the next WC, who knows but there will be more permanent changes to come.

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

    Feel sorry for Ricky. I understand him being left out of ODIs, but he was in such fantastic form in the last test series. Would be sad if he retires without so much as a farewell test match. What a batsman he was....

  • somebody93 on February 20, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    Now all those Sachin Bashers are going to have a field day.

    All Sachin fans brace yourselves for impact.....

  • AB99 on February 20, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    This is very sad and Ricky Ponting shd go ain a high of the great test series against India and his last test score of a double hundred ... Thanks for everything Ricky ...

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

    it will be surprising if it happens. ponting has only recently found form in the tests. can continue for at least 20-24 months. cant believe a player of his ability is going through all this.

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

    Kudos to the Oz NSP! Hope the BCCI Selection Committee learns a thing or two. Still hell bent on retaining the 37+ veterans. I'm not questioning their greatness or their contribution, only a fool will. However, the BCCI needs to realize that the void (hopefully not for long) and legacy they leave is inevitable. But they'd rather bite the bullet now when there's a reasonable bench strength available than later, when this bench strength gets close to their late 20s. The fact is a lot of these youngsters are still playing for their places because they're not getting a long enough and consistent run - 25 Matches at least (1-2 years). I'm happy that this ODI series is a bit different, but the selectors need to have the courage to take this approach on to the Test arena as well. There needs to be a healthy and tough competition for the places on offer, sadly, it's not the case yet in India, at least not in the Test team.

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Sad to see him being axed. Such a great player. Hope Sachin avoid such embarrassment. The recent rotational policy and Dhoni's assertion he does not want to play all the 3 is a strong indicator. Sachin should retire from ODIs and save the blushes or else it'll hurt to see such great players getting dropped.

  • zenboomerang on February 20, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    Actually, I'm wondering if Inverarity is sending Ponting a message - another series failure will not be tolerated & out you go... With three 3 Test series between now & the Ashes series there is a reasonable possibility that his Test form will falter & he wont make it that far... I guess maybe it is time for Ricky to think about where he finishes his last Test... AB's last Test was in South Africa so maybe it would be fitting if he retired at home next summer against the Saffa's...

  • David_Boon on February 20, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    Pushing Ricky Ponting into retirement - how dare he! After the Test summer he just had how can they think about pushing him out? Arrrggghhh!

  • gkr1234 on February 20, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    Truly unfair towards great crickter

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

    whatever you do NSP...but you should have at least let ponting play one game at least...so that he could have been given a great farewell...i would have wished him being carried on shoulders by his team on his home ground..and that would have made the man proud who did so many things for his team and always led from the front...that would have been really nice..you should have acknowledged at least the guy won you two world cups as a captain and team remained on top under his reign..michael clarke got a great side from ponting...hats off to u ponting..if not given the chance to bid farewell to ODIs in a proper manner..make a comeback and call it quits on ur own terms..wish u great luck..but dont go out of odis like this..just announce on tuesday about ur come back..good luck...indian fans salute u..!!

  • cricket-is-passion on February 20, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Thats really a rude decision, atleast selection panel should hv talked to Punter before begining of the last match abt this so it wud hv become a nice farewell from ODI's. It is really pathetic, that is definitely not the way to treat a legend. I dont care whether Cricinfo post this comment or not but to me Aussies selection panel was brutal and mindless atleast the way they treated Ponting. Sorry Ponting, take a bow my friend you were a great legend still you are.

  • MisterObvious on February 20, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    "Inverarity was generous in his praise of how Ponting took the news of his one-day axing . . ." -- Yeah, this is how it's stated in the traditional diplomacy of the Gentleman's Game but I reckon Invers probably had to cover the earpiece on his phone a few times, knowing Ponting. The trouble is that he is like the irascible old grandpa who won't hand over his car keys even after consistently running over rubbish bins & pedestrians. He won't face the reality of his own mortality, the inevitable waning of his skills. He really thinks it's a lean run he's having & that centuries are just around the corner. He is in complete, total denial about the erosion of his batting abilities that go hand-in-hand with reflexes & hand-eye coordination -- which are the monopoly of youth. Ricky, thanks for the memories, mate, but don't make this any more unpleasant than it needs to be. Ride off into the sunset with class & dignity. Please. I'll salute you as you go.

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Ponting dropped and being pushed towards retirement. Aussies again showing reputation matters little and performance is the currency to survive. Will BCCI ever learn? Would like to think that we have seen the last ODI innings of Punter at Brisbane. Never liked his arrogance during his peak but loved his batting and especially the famous pull shots. What a player. Surely one of the greats!

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    As much as I hated teh man, always had a grudging respect for the man. So long, Punter!

  • zenboomerang on February 20, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    I guess if Ricky really wants to make the Ashes series next year then he will stick it out until then - he sets a goal & goes for it... England captain Strauss & Prior don't play ODI's & neither will Haddin - so I don't see an issue there... & don't forget he can now become an IPL superstar & play for another 5 years... :P ... lol...

  • farkin on February 20, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    ODI axing may push Ponting towards retirement - Inverarity . we can only hope so ,he past his best before date

  • Aussie5566 on February 20, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    This selection also wrong as WC 2011 team. One stupid selector's decision will lead to a great disaster for Cricket Australia. Very sad about Cricket Australia. If you dropped Ponting from Test Squad for Indian series because of the out of form,100% sure,there won't be a whitewash. This is a plan to force Ponting to retire.Anyone can understand it.I don't know what kind of benefit they get.

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

    Amazing professional decision from australians, I don't expect the similar from india, in taking a bold decision to axe dravid/laxman/shewag from test squad.

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Right decision from the board..

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    He may have saved his test career but has not saved his one day career. Australia are definitely moving forward. Why keep persisting with someone who is not performing. With only 3 tests in between now and next summer, Ponting might consider giving everything away and call time on his career. His departure heralds a new era in Australian cricket. Led by Michael Clarke with Warner and Watson.

  • smudgeon on February 20, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    I think Ricky understands he's at the tail end of his career, and he knows where the current management stand on performance. I think if anything, being dropped from the ODI side will drive his test performances in the Windies. Expect a big series from him, although I wouldn't be surprised in the least if he announces a retirement from all forms in the next 6-12 months.

  • King99 on February 20, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Sad but time moves on. Well Played Punter--it was great while it lasted. The wonderful century in the World Cup Final of 2003 will be an everlasting memory--Harbhajan Singh being repeatedly despatched into the crowd!! Take a bow champion!

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  • King99 on February 20, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Sad but time moves on. Well Played Punter--it was great while it lasted. The wonderful century in the World Cup Final of 2003 will be an everlasting memory--Harbhajan Singh being repeatedly despatched into the crowd!! Take a bow champion!

  • smudgeon on February 20, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    I think Ricky understands he's at the tail end of his career, and he knows where the current management stand on performance. I think if anything, being dropped from the ODI side will drive his test performances in the Windies. Expect a big series from him, although I wouldn't be surprised in the least if he announces a retirement from all forms in the next 6-12 months.

  • on February 20, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    He may have saved his test career but has not saved his one day career. Australia are definitely moving forward. Why keep persisting with someone who is not performing. With only 3 tests in between now and next summer, Ponting might consider giving everything away and call time on his career. His departure heralds a new era in Australian cricket. Led by Michael Clarke with Warner and Watson.

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Right decision from the board..

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

    Amazing professional decision from australians, I don't expect the similar from india, in taking a bold decision to axe dravid/laxman/shewag from test squad.

  • Aussie5566 on February 20, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    This selection also wrong as WC 2011 team. One stupid selector's decision will lead to a great disaster for Cricket Australia. Very sad about Cricket Australia. If you dropped Ponting from Test Squad for Indian series because of the out of form,100% sure,there won't be a whitewash. This is a plan to force Ponting to retire.Anyone can understand it.I don't know what kind of benefit they get.

  • farkin on February 20, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    ODI axing may push Ponting towards retirement - Inverarity . we can only hope so ,he past his best before date

  • zenboomerang on February 20, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    I guess if Ricky really wants to make the Ashes series next year then he will stick it out until then - he sets a goal & goes for it... England captain Strauss & Prior don't play ODI's & neither will Haddin - so I don't see an issue there... & don't forget he can now become an IPL superstar & play for another 5 years... :P ... lol...

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    As much as I hated teh man, always had a grudging respect for the man. So long, Punter!

  • on February 20, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Ponting dropped and being pushed towards retirement. Aussies again showing reputation matters little and performance is the currency to survive. Will BCCI ever learn? Would like to think that we have seen the last ODI innings of Punter at Brisbane. Never liked his arrogance during his peak but loved his batting and especially the famous pull shots. What a player. Surely one of the greats!