Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne, 4th day December 29, 2010

Ponting fights for his captaincy

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Ricky Ponting knows his case to hold on to the captaincy is not strong, but he is desperate to retain the job and lift Australia from their lowest period since the mid-1980s. Ponting lost the Ashes away in 2005 and 2009 and he has become the country's first leader since Allan Border in 1986-87 not to hold the urn at home.

England celebrated as Ashes winners with their innings victory at the MCG and while the series can still be drawn in Sydney next week, the reality is Australia have lost. Ponting is no certainty to hold on to the leadership after being unable to inspire his team-mates with his batting or captaincy.

"The fact that I've lost those three series is disappointing for me," he said, slightly prematurely. "Hopefully I'm not only remembered as that guy, the guy that lost three Ashes series. There's lots of other great things I've been lucky to be able to be part of as a player throughout my career. This result is not one of my proudest."

Ponting is second on Test cricket's run list with 12,362, but he has added only 113 in eight bats in this series, which is more concerning given the damaged state of his side. Australia's squad for the fifth Test will be named on Thursday and the selectors could point to Ponting's broken left pinky if they want to ease him out. Ponting thinks he will be able to play but understands the situation might be taken out of his bruised hands.

"It's out of my control, I can't think too much about it," he said. "I've tried my hardest over the last couple of weeks to try to play well and try to lead the team as well as possible. I've felt I've led the team as well as I can. I haven't performed the way I wanted to perform, but I certainly haven't done it without trying, that's for sure."

It seems the only way Ponting will be dethroned is if the selectors force him out, either publicly or privately, and if they do it now they risk upsetting him before his defence of the World Cup starting in February. Ponting has never lost a World Cup game as captain and Australia are pushing for a fourth consecutive success at the tournament.

"Whatever decision I make, it's really important it's for the betterment of Australian cricket," he said. "I want to keep playing, I would love to keep leading the team. I still think I've got a lot to offer in both those regards."

Ponting took over from Steve Waugh in 2004 and since then has developed an excellent record of 48 wins in 77 games, but over the past two years the change of personnel has resulted in the side falling to fifth in the world. However, the number of his team is not as painful as another below-par Ashes campaign.

"I probably haven't got much of a case at the moment," he said of hanging on to the captaincy. "I've got a lot of knowledge on the game, the fact that I've played 150 Tests and won 99 Test matches.

"I've captained a lot of winning teams. There is no doubt that the experiences I have in the game will hold me in good stead. I feel I am well equipped to bring on some young guys and we have got a few of them in the side now."

The resume is impressive but time is moving fast for Ponting, who is now 36, and the selectors must decide whether he is worth holding on to. Not having a ready-made replacement is one major issue, with Michael Clarke struggling with the bat and at times behaving like someone who doesn't want the extra responsibility. Clarke is 29, enjoys an A-list lifestyle, and has a heavy influence over Phillip Hughes and Steven Smith, his young New South Wales team-mates.

While there is currently strong public sentiment against Clarke and Ponting, the incumbent said he has received encouragement from the majority of people he has run into recently. "I've received great support in the last few weeks," he said. "I've had other international players in the last couple of mornings send messages through to me about different things."

But there are growing elements of despair in the masses and Ponting does care what the public thinks. "Yeah of course, we all do," he said. "But quite often there's a perception out there which sometimes you can't change. No matter what you do and how well you do things, sometimes you can't change things.

"I'm trying to do the right thing by my team and by Australian cricket. I think that right through my career I've been able to do that most of the time. I haven't been able to do it in the last few weeks and for that I'm bitterly disappointed and so is the rest of my group. We will soldier on."

Australia lasted for only 83 minutes on the fourth morning and with Ryan Harris not batting due to his stress fracture, the end came when Ben Hilfenhaus edged Tim Bresnan behind. The mood of the hosts has swung dramatically over the past week with a huge high in Perth and now another low to match the one of the other innings defeat in Adelaide.

"We weren't doing handstands," Ponting said of the post-match mood in the dressing room. "Only last week we were on top of the world. We didn't do anything different this week than we did last week, we just haven't played well."

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • kool_Indian on December 30, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    @popcorn - LMAO... as someone pointed out 'popcorn' is nothing but ponting in disguise...btw - I dint know Peter English n Ian Chappel are Indians... hahaha

  • mistertee on December 30, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    I've said before , Ponting will not leave the position he holds whilst he is receiving $4M a year . Neither would I , but the difference is that he is not contributing much more than I do! As for the Captain designate M Clarke , he is an embarrassment to Cricket Australia , but no-one is big enough to announce that fact . That Andrew Hilditch is Chairman of Selector's is really laughable when you look back at his miserable career in cricket . I hate myself when I have to complain , but I would like someone in the media to really spell it out to Board Members , very loud and very clear , just how bad Australian Cricket appears at present . Surely they would be able to draw some answers from all the contributions on this sight alone ! Oh o , here comes the Warden , to lock me in again .

  • bigwonder on December 30, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    I wish Pointing continues as Australian Captain. He needs to go through the same agony and pain as other teams have when rebuilding their team. Pointing can be compared to spoiled little Stuart from England. Pointing has been lucky to lead the team with one of the best players in the world, but now we see the real Pointing without the great players behind him. Anyone can score big runs when you have great players in your team to back you up. I have no sympathy for Pointing.

  • suresh_sksj on December 30, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    so the obvious has come, i expected this some days ago....he could have left of his own by anouncing his retirement some months ago....but some things take it's won turn over a period of time.....and Ricky will be remembered for his onfiled pranks with Alim Dhar.....as people's memories are struck to the last few days of a person, i still rememeber Steve Waugh being carried thru the stadium on his last day of test cricket, same memories of Glen, Gilly, Tubby, Test cricket a great leveler, some years ago the Same Ricky was considered the best, but look at Sachin....he was so sober and humble, he just went about his job clean and quietly.....Ricky should pickup a phone and call Sachin and take some tips....there is no harm in being humble, just leave the arrogance and ego....

  • AMBH on December 30, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    hey all those who comment on Aussies, shld comment ly on them n Eng,dont cmt on india and its future. indians always skilled players whether its batting or bowling. but don go too futurous. what ll be india in 2 or 3 yrs. every team goes that phase but not like Aussies. inspiration shld come from captain and team. that s not happening. they wont be good as before in anywhre now. because of consistently underestimating teams like ind,Eng,Srilanka also a major reason for there dwnfall.respect was never given by them to visiting teams,so they failed to know there oppts form and aggression. any way they never going to change there approach but teams around world ll be keen to put aussies in rock bottom.don ever compare Sachin and pontin. Sachin s not only a great cricketer but a Legend by passion control character discipline. even more.it s not a case for ponting,a worst example of a captain on-field as all knows indians ll be in a transition state by 2011 end bt thr r plyrs to cope 70%

  • kdcricket on December 30, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    @RASAD03..Letz not talk about India's bench stregth...They have a 22 year old first class batsman averaging 68(Rahane). Virat Kohli, Pujara and a few other who are also capable of taking over the reigns of batting. Obviously transition will have issues but not to this extent. Bowling also looks good with some good leggies (Chawla Mishra)and offies(Ashwin) in the fray. Seam bowling options(Mithun, Pankaj Singh, RP Singh and many more) are good as well.

  • Philsy on December 30, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    I agree with those commenting that there needs to be a purge. Although a team rebuilding needs some experienced players, there are too many players in the current Aussie team with baggage associated with recent losses. All credit to Hussey, Haddin, Siddle and Johnson, they have been the best players, but it sounds like some of the younger guys are performing well enough at state level to represent their country, conservatism won't work in the long run. It was a myth that the current bunch were all a young team, anyway, many of them had been playing around the backblocks of state cricket for years. It may seem like a shock to do this, but a new look team can't really be any worse than the current bunch, can they?

  • Kirk-at-Lords on December 30, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    If nothing else Ponting's and Australian cricket's situation can remind us all of what happens to a dynasty when the king is toppled from his throne or simply runs out of time and energy. In this case, the crown princes retired or proved less than suitable replacements, so Ponting could not even consider a decent retirement. And there was the carrot dangled before him of setting all-time batting records. For a time he seemed set to catch Satchin, but no more it seems... Lo, how the mighty have fallen! Now it is down to the selectors, perhaps inspired by Punter himself, to make hard choices that just might cut short the interregnum. Interesting possibilities mentioned here for at least interim captain: Mike Hussey, Cameron White. Hadden could give it a go, but he is a far cry from MS Dhoni and would suffer from the comparison. Why not Hussey, with White as vice? Let Clarke and Ponting, when healthy, return as pure batsmen. Bring in the young guns. Have a "wild XI" for the SCG.

  • TheVindalooKing on December 30, 2010, 2:46 GMT

    Did anybody watch the India vs. NZ series where NZ were white-washed. That was an entirely young team; no Tendulkar, Khan, Singh, Dhoni. Sure India have a struggling lower order but this series just proved we can win with ease with a younger team. Speaking of Australia winning the U19 world cup, how many of those players are in the Australian team now? I doubt very highly India will struggle in oncoming years.

  • popcorn on December 30, 2010, 0:52 GMT

    Look how short public memory is! Look how the public castigates Ricky Ponting for riding on the "luck" of having the greats - Damien Martyn, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist, Mathew Hayden in his winning sides! Look how they forget that Ricky Ponting led an inexperienced side to South Africa in February and March 2009 and THRASHED South Africa 2 -1 with novices - Phil Hughes,Mitchell Johnson, Ben Hilfenhaus, Peter Siddle,Andrew McDnald,Brad Haddin, Marcus North! EAT YOUR WORDS, you critics of Ricky Ponting - here is a Captain who INSPIRED his NOVICES to beat the next best Team in the world ON THEIR SOIL.I rest my case.

  • kool_Indian on December 30, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    @popcorn - LMAO... as someone pointed out 'popcorn' is nothing but ponting in disguise...btw - I dint know Peter English n Ian Chappel are Indians... hahaha

  • mistertee on December 30, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    I've said before , Ponting will not leave the position he holds whilst he is receiving $4M a year . Neither would I , but the difference is that he is not contributing much more than I do! As for the Captain designate M Clarke , he is an embarrassment to Cricket Australia , but no-one is big enough to announce that fact . That Andrew Hilditch is Chairman of Selector's is really laughable when you look back at his miserable career in cricket . I hate myself when I have to complain , but I would like someone in the media to really spell it out to Board Members , very loud and very clear , just how bad Australian Cricket appears at present . Surely they would be able to draw some answers from all the contributions on this sight alone ! Oh o , here comes the Warden , to lock me in again .

  • bigwonder on December 30, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    I wish Pointing continues as Australian Captain. He needs to go through the same agony and pain as other teams have when rebuilding their team. Pointing can be compared to spoiled little Stuart from England. Pointing has been lucky to lead the team with one of the best players in the world, but now we see the real Pointing without the great players behind him. Anyone can score big runs when you have great players in your team to back you up. I have no sympathy for Pointing.

  • suresh_sksj on December 30, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    so the obvious has come, i expected this some days ago....he could have left of his own by anouncing his retirement some months ago....but some things take it's won turn over a period of time.....and Ricky will be remembered for his onfiled pranks with Alim Dhar.....as people's memories are struck to the last few days of a person, i still rememeber Steve Waugh being carried thru the stadium on his last day of test cricket, same memories of Glen, Gilly, Tubby, Test cricket a great leveler, some years ago the Same Ricky was considered the best, but look at Sachin....he was so sober and humble, he just went about his job clean and quietly.....Ricky should pickup a phone and call Sachin and take some tips....there is no harm in being humble, just leave the arrogance and ego....

  • AMBH on December 30, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    hey all those who comment on Aussies, shld comment ly on them n Eng,dont cmt on india and its future. indians always skilled players whether its batting or bowling. but don go too futurous. what ll be india in 2 or 3 yrs. every team goes that phase but not like Aussies. inspiration shld come from captain and team. that s not happening. they wont be good as before in anywhre now. because of consistently underestimating teams like ind,Eng,Srilanka also a major reason for there dwnfall.respect was never given by them to visiting teams,so they failed to know there oppts form and aggression. any way they never going to change there approach but teams around world ll be keen to put aussies in rock bottom.don ever compare Sachin and pontin. Sachin s not only a great cricketer but a Legend by passion control character discipline. even more.it s not a case for ponting,a worst example of a captain on-field as all knows indians ll be in a transition state by 2011 end bt thr r plyrs to cope 70%

  • kdcricket on December 30, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    @RASAD03..Letz not talk about India's bench stregth...They have a 22 year old first class batsman averaging 68(Rahane). Virat Kohli, Pujara and a few other who are also capable of taking over the reigns of batting. Obviously transition will have issues but not to this extent. Bowling also looks good with some good leggies (Chawla Mishra)and offies(Ashwin) in the fray. Seam bowling options(Mithun, Pankaj Singh, RP Singh and many more) are good as well.

  • Philsy on December 30, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    I agree with those commenting that there needs to be a purge. Although a team rebuilding needs some experienced players, there are too many players in the current Aussie team with baggage associated with recent losses. All credit to Hussey, Haddin, Siddle and Johnson, they have been the best players, but it sounds like some of the younger guys are performing well enough at state level to represent their country, conservatism won't work in the long run. It was a myth that the current bunch were all a young team, anyway, many of them had been playing around the backblocks of state cricket for years. It may seem like a shock to do this, but a new look team can't really be any worse than the current bunch, can they?

  • Kirk-at-Lords on December 30, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    If nothing else Ponting's and Australian cricket's situation can remind us all of what happens to a dynasty when the king is toppled from his throne or simply runs out of time and energy. In this case, the crown princes retired or proved less than suitable replacements, so Ponting could not even consider a decent retirement. And there was the carrot dangled before him of setting all-time batting records. For a time he seemed set to catch Satchin, but no more it seems... Lo, how the mighty have fallen! Now it is down to the selectors, perhaps inspired by Punter himself, to make hard choices that just might cut short the interregnum. Interesting possibilities mentioned here for at least interim captain: Mike Hussey, Cameron White. Hadden could give it a go, but he is a far cry from MS Dhoni and would suffer from the comparison. Why not Hussey, with White as vice? Let Clarke and Ponting, when healthy, return as pure batsmen. Bring in the young guns. Have a "wild XI" for the SCG.

  • TheVindalooKing on December 30, 2010, 2:46 GMT

    Did anybody watch the India vs. NZ series where NZ were white-washed. That was an entirely young team; no Tendulkar, Khan, Singh, Dhoni. Sure India have a struggling lower order but this series just proved we can win with ease with a younger team. Speaking of Australia winning the U19 world cup, how many of those players are in the Australian team now? I doubt very highly India will struggle in oncoming years.

  • popcorn on December 30, 2010, 0:52 GMT

    Look how short public memory is! Look how the public castigates Ricky Ponting for riding on the "luck" of having the greats - Damien Martyn, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist, Mathew Hayden in his winning sides! Look how they forget that Ricky Ponting led an inexperienced side to South Africa in February and March 2009 and THRASHED South Africa 2 -1 with novices - Phil Hughes,Mitchell Johnson, Ben Hilfenhaus, Peter Siddle,Andrew McDnald,Brad Haddin, Marcus North! EAT YOUR WORDS, you critics of Ricky Ponting - here is a Captain who INSPIRED his NOVICES to beat the next best Team in the world ON THEIR SOIL.I rest my case.

  • Jaggadaaku on December 30, 2010, 0:51 GMT

    Ponting is not stupid, he knows if he would step-down from the leadership, his own and his cousin-Hilfy's place in the team would be doubtful. So, that is the reason, he is not stepping down from the leadership besides he and his cousin-Hilfy get fail in every innings. He is giving more and more overs than the other bowlers to his loving cousin, but having opportunity to bowl most number of overs won't earn him success. Hilfy carries 73.50 runs per wicket (Total 4 wickets in 294 runs) in this series. Even the all-rounders like Hopes could have better bowling average. But still Australian Board doesn't have gut to tell Ricky about this issue.

  • On_me_head_son on December 30, 2010, 0:31 GMT

    Ricky,you were one of my all-time favourites. "You don't pitch it short to Ponting" was something I got used to the commentators saying but man you let yourself down with the outbursts.I know Australia needed you to fire in order to stand a chance against a good England side who WERE clicking,but who cares if you didn't? You were one of the reasons Australia dominated for so long. When you were doing well your fans loved you,then as soon as you start losing or experience a slump in form you're the fall-guy. Well if it's any consolation, you are not the ONLY one to blame. So Ricky, you might have lost the Ashes, made less runs than Boycott's Grandma and given the umpires a bit of chirp but you were a GREAT batsman. One word of advice though...Just cos you look like George W Bush it doesn't mean you have to act like him. Sorry mate.

  • Mikepillar on December 30, 2010, 0:08 GMT

    Ponting even after repeated failures he still wants to stick on in the squad. That is too selfish. You need to groom and encourage young generation. Ponting was a fortunate captain not due to his greatness, only because of good and fit players who performed well consistently. It looks like he will still play even he makes ten consecutive duck outs. May be he will play until he becomes 50 years old who knows !!! God save this aussie team. Regarding captaincy I feel Mike Hussey should be given chance since he is also nearing to end his career.

  • 5wombats on December 29, 2010, 23:32 GMT

    Ponting's achieved effect since since 2006/7 has been the diametric opposite of what he intended. Why? Because his core values - the values that motivate him are flawed. This transmits as arguing with umpires, shouting and carrying on when run-out, etc. He has led his side DOWN as gracelessly as his character flaws suggest. Pontings "leadership" has done a lot of damage, because he doesn't have the vision; hubris causes him, and thus his team, to not learn from mistakes. His dumping of Hauritz for example - for whatever reason - is just mistaken, as many Aussies have commented here on cricinfo. Also - he has ruined Micheal Clarke as a batsman and potential captain. I honestly think that if you live by the sword you shouldn't be surprised if you end up dying by it.

  • goodlife9 on December 29, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    If Ponting is smart he'll give up the captaincy and focus on his batting in his final years. Then he may, just may, end on a high note by breaking a Tendulkar record or two. Otherwise he'll get bogged down trying to strengthen a team of youngsters - He's not up to it as the Ashes have amply shown. Ponting was a great captain when surrounded by world-class players like McGrath, Warne, Hayden, Gilchrist.. One wonders if his captaincy skills were overblown, after all, since he was out-to-sea with this team of newbies.

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 29, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    Do Australia have a succession worked out? Would Clarke have the side behind him,because from where I am sat, I would choose Mr Cricket as captain. Clarke for all his skills seems to be gettting a bit introspective.

  • RASAD03 on December 29, 2010, 22:19 GMT

    Haha. People are so quick and witty in their judgement. Guys, who are the current under-19 champions? Give them 6-7 years. Aussies will be back. Mark my words. As far as India's concerned, after Zaheer and Tendulkar, they really have no future. Pujara is the only impressive young player I've seen. So, they'll go through a rift as well. Ryt nw it's upto SA and England to share the spoils. Watch out for Bangladesh though. It's a young team that's starting to play well on home soil. If they can replicate that success abroad, they might be a break through.

  • on December 29, 2010, 21:50 GMT

    Ricky Ponting has always been a great batsman and will always be remembered as one of the best no.3 to have ever played for Australia but unfortunately his captaincy skills leave mush to be desired. He was always made to look great by the likes of warne,gilchrist,mcgrath,langer,martyn etc. A great captain is someone who can lift a team down on form and morale but sadly ponting has not been able to do that.

  • OutCast on December 29, 2010, 21:37 GMT

    ponting considers a move down the order to as down as 12....

  • krik8crazy on December 29, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    As long as Aussie selectors don't realize that Ponting is the problem not the solution, they will continue to suffer embarrassing defeats like this. He is clueless as a captain and not a tactician at all. But Aussie selectors and media seem to have this notion that Ponting must be continued because there is no one better to replace him. Well, how will they know there's no one better unless they appoint someone else?

  • sunil_just_loves_test_cricket on December 29, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    Really disappointed i watched all four matches (waking up 5 AM in morning ) to hope a great knock of pure supermacy of Ponting is due to come but nope nothing was there he disappointed everyone. The best hooker and puller of the red chilly didnt went to the occasion sad. Well whatever u guys says when u have MCgra, warne, gilly, hayden, langer, lee the list go on u r already in comfort zone. ponting did his best to lift these young side with transition going on consistently but he himself let him down by not setting examples by scoring runs heavily luk at Sachin whatever u say criticize him he still scores 100 whether on loosing or winning side he gives confidence to the team everytime we can win on any deadly track he inspires everyone. I am not comparing the two greats Sachin is one and the same with Ponting. He has to lift his own game score hundreds which he customed too and give confidence to this side that we are still the force to reckon.....hope he will do in last match..

  • on December 29, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    I believe it is time for change in Australian Captaincy and emergence of young players who can work together for a long period. I believe the right choice for this position is Cameron White. He has a cool head and can bat well and bowl a bit when needed and if given responsibility. I would still Like Ponting to retain his place in the test squad though along with Hussey. Not so sure about Michael Clarke, He needs to be dropped to get his form back.

  • on December 29, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    hey - england has some very average players - i don't think any one of them is a world class player - pietersen had that potential but that is all - flintoff was one - otherwise the players are merely average but as a team, they are very very good - a true team environment - and that makes a difference - i think on the paper, australian attack is better than england's but they don't play as a team - there are too many egos - and not constructive ones like Lillees, Thompsons, Boons, Marshes and Mervs - need to move from A-class lifestyles to team attitudes like Eng and SA. btw India will be going through this phase in a couple of years too (at the latest)

  • nlambda on December 29, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    This is all bad karma for the 2008 Sydney test. Since that game, Aus and Ponting's fortunes have nosedived. What goes around comes around...

  • phoenixsteve on December 29, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    Ponting has played badly along with the rest of them! England have played very well. Result = Aussies lose! Not the end of the world and maybe time for a lesson in humility? The selectors are suffering from "Old Mother Hubbard Syndrome". Shame.... but there it is!

  • pankajupadhyay on December 29, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    The one thing i like about Ponting is his true passion for the game. No matter he wins or loses, scores or not, but the fact is that he is a true passionate gamer. Whenever he is on the field, he is there with a will to win. One of the very few who plays the game for passion and will. 90% are running after money, record or fame but this guy is there just to play and that will be his hallmark. I admire him for this and have no issues whether he is selected or not.

  • Agus2010 on December 29, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    Why ICC always follow double standard between Asian cricketers and others?????????? when Asian team player do anything umpiring they will get match ban along with their match fee, but if White players did any mistakes means they can manage with money, I am talking about Ponting case when he had problem with umpire, he didn't get any match ban only managed with fine, why this double standard? I think better ponting should retire himself before the team management throw him out

  • Hayatsanaye on December 29, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    I agree with VipulPatk. As much as I hate Ponting's attitude, I still have a lot of respect for him as a player and think he is still the best option to be Aussie's captain (Who else have they got)? His averages speak for themselves.

  • shameerpvt on December 29, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    Well.... Too much proud lead them to this position. No match-winners like McGrath, Warne, Gilchrist, etc. & suddenly Aussie's in total disarray. This proves Ponting has less effective captaincy skills, but over the years have ride on match-winners performance. Its good that, Aussies also hit the bottom, coz' they should also experience it to give a fair share to other teams. - Shameer, Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • Douggy on December 29, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    Ponting can do nothing more at this point he has merely done his best with the available team that he has. Australia have made the same mistake the West Indies team made all the great players retired in a quick space of time and not grooming the younger players. If anything Ponting should be sacked for his batting not his captaincy he is the most capable person they have now. Judging from his career he is a great batsman and given time he can regain his form.

  • on December 29, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    australia his always gud team wat t problem now..... opening bating after hayden nobody was standing gud partner wit watson so now they need usman khawaja bcz he s not hitter & he can play wit watson & other batting orders r gud .tis my opinion

  • icon666 on December 29, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    ppl keep saying pointing had warne,mcgrath etc..why do they forget..pointing was also one of them...he is going through a bad phase...i can't believe ppl are dis-reputing such a legend...

  • swarzi on December 29, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    I fully agree that Pontin played his heart out for Australia. But we all know that his efforts were not only for Australian cricket - you know the commercial perks that are also associated with the job of Australian captain. He is fighting now not only to maintain his captaincy position, but also his own place in the side; since he is bound to lose a lot endorsement opportunities on both counts. Hence, you see the desperation by the poor gentlemen not to quit at this moment.

  • on December 29, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    agree@Bhatin

  • Scube on December 29, 2010, 18:12 GMT

    Contd...Any Ass will win 9 out of 10 games with Haydos, Gilly, Langer, Warne, McGrath & Martyn but will lose the 10th as it's only an Ass! ;-) I rest my case!

  • Scube on December 29, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    I'm not sure why everyone is still calling Ponting as Punter when his favourite name seems to be Popcorn! Surely it can't be anyone else but Ponting himself to keep writing such adjectives like winningest captain, etc. despite such a terrible record since 2008! AB turned a team of no-hopers into one of the most competitive teams! Steve took them a step further turning them into near invincibles and left a team that'll win no matter who the captain was! Obviously, all those greats can't play forever and the next captain's ability should be gauged after all of them are gone! If we look at Ponting's record after the exit of Hayden, last of the greats, I'm afraid, the stats will be that of the losingest captain! I can't imagine what would be Ponting's record if he only had the bowling strength of the current Indian team during his entire tenure! Most probably, next to nothing! That's where AB, Fleming, Brearley, Dhoni, etc. stand out: Getting the most out of limited resources! Tbc...

  • SultanBaba on December 29, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    Ponting shouldn't have to fight for his captaincy or his place. He's done more than enough for the Australian cricket and stats speak for itself. Definitely, he has more to offer. It's the media and some Australian pundits like Chappell who don't want Ponting to carry on. Most key players have failed in this Ashes; it's not only Ponting. Then why should he be blamed for everything. Just losing a series or Ashes doesn't necessarily make Ponting a bad captain. Or is it because of his poor batting? I mean look at Tendulkar- the entire Indian cricket board has been supportive. They literally want Tendulkar to carry on as long as he wants to. Of course Tendulkar has also gone through downtime many times in his career just like Ponting is now. Tendulkar was never forced to retire and neither should Ponting be. One needs to understand that these players are genius and they will bounce back sooner or later. Cricket Australia needs to be supportive and harboring Ponting to bring back his best.

  • on December 29, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    for the metal fans among us, i am reminded of a certain song by metallica that more than aptly describes messrs ponting and his preidcament. reading this article was more like reading the lyrics of "king nothing". warne n mcgrath prettymuch set their own fields, at most taking 'advice' from ponting. how no really saw it coming (not the fall itself but the extent of it) is a bit of a wonder. icing on the cake was the aleem dar incident. dear ponting, get out while you have some semblence dignity. at best drop down the order and give up captaincy. the next captain will surely benifit from his experience if ponting does choose to continue. mate, youre no allan border, deal with it

  • on December 29, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    Its the Aussies' fault themselves. They pressurized him too much. Some of you people don't value him as much as you should to a legend. I guess if you were frmo some other cricketing nation, you'd understand. Indian haters don't count.

  • on December 29, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    Mr. Ponting is saying that he has played 150 tests and has won 99 tests. But I will ask to Mr. Ponting that against whom and with whom have you played these many tests which you have won. You had world's greatest players in your own team. You haven't played against Warne, Mcgrath, Gillespie and Brett Lee. In addition to all these, you had masters like Gilchrist, Hayden, Martyn in your team who can change the scene of the match single-handed and can take pressure off your shoulders.

    And how many tests have you won after retirements of these players?

  • HLANGL on December 29, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    It's very sad to see such a great batsman who dominated even the best of attacks at his will, is struggling so miserably now. But in my opinion, Ponting should be given a bit longer run even if he fails these days. At least to make sure the game of Cricket won't miss such a great player too prematurely, it's worth giving some more chances to him expecting he would deliver some day in near future. Sacking him at this point won't solve the issue, we all know what he's capable of & what he has done in the past. Ponting still may have 1-2 years left in him if he can find his touch sooner than later. Australians have already lost most of their prominent players after WC2007, so I don't think they can afford to loose the biggest of them all at this point. At least, it's not the right time yet. Just remember how the sacking of Richie Richardson after WC96 served WI Cricket, it only made the situation worse.

  • Adesh_Goyal on December 29, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    I have great respect for Ponting as a batsmen. However if somebody says, he is honest, then I'm sorry he is big time dishonest. Who can forget the Sydney test? I can still recall, one incident in which Murali Karthik was out caught behind off Lee in one of the ODIs in 2007, but was given not out. And in the post match presentation, Ponting said that Karthik should have walked if he was out. I guess he never applied that thing to himself when he was out to Ganguly in Sydney test, but given not out and also never told that thing to his team mates. Who can forget Symond's big nick and his thanks to Steve Bucknor for his century? Ponting was leading the side then. He never walks himself when out and he is given not out. He shows his arrogance time to time. Misbehaving with other players smaller in status than him, it's also been seen on the field at times. If only he could get away with his arrogance, he would be great player.

  • on December 29, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    Well said by my friend Sridharan Ramalingam. You need to do the best out of fringe players. Best example is MS Dhoni, we won the first edition of T20 World Cup in 2007 with a young and inexperienced bunch of players later he went on to lift the Tri-Series in Australia, which used to be a rare feat then. Two more examples we have in the past, Stephen Fleming and Arjuna Ranatunga. Though Fleming never won the World Cup but he took NZ cricket to new heights

  • on December 29, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    I truly hope that it's the end of Australia's dominance, as well as Pointing's test career as captain. Pointing was always lucky to have exceptional players, but at last it seems his luck has run out. Do urself a favor Ricky and step down as capt, in fact just retire.

  • on December 29, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    first the selectors need to be sacked, when clarke ponting hughes were not in best of form, they shd have covered batting by having an extra batsman in the form of cameron white, playing smith who contributed very little wit bat and nothing with ball was a foolish decision.. some one like shane warne or steve waugh shd take over the role of selector

  • on December 29, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    Ponting really needs to stand up and actually have the courage to state he is past it and needs to retire now making way for new talent. He wont however do this as his pride seems to be getting in the way. Ponting is a terrible captain and lacks imagination. This can be seen in his field placings, strategy and preparation. Only reason he won before is because he was given an exellent and already well maintained team that Waugh and Taylor had honed. Those days are gone and he is not a good enough captain to hone and nurture a rookie team. They need some one like Border to do this. Ponting is only concerned about his own stats, i.e. where he is on the run lists and mark my words this is the only reason he wants to keep playing because he wants to over haul tendulkar.

  • madscientist001 on December 29, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    Michael Clarke cannot command his place in the team, as for him captaining the team even worse. There are many replacements for him but they are classed as one day players. Give them a chance dump Clarke!

  • on December 29, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    Great teams sometimes treat players like dirt when they are on top. It happened with the West Indies and look what happened to them. Australia did it to Symmonds and look now...... maybe there is vengence even in sports.

  • gooey_kablooie on December 29, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    It would be better for Ponting to look at some past captains and follow their methods of leadership and especially take tips from them. One such cricketer who comes to my mind is Sourav Ganguly. He took young talent and moulded them into special players. Ponting should do that or step out. But WHO will replace him ? Who has the capabilities of becoming a great leader ? Tough times but the Aussies will be back strongly pretty soon. Thats what the Aussies are known for.

  • FAB_ALI on December 29, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    I think Australia should retain Ponting as captain with the world cup round the corner. Ashes is already gone and Australia cant save it by removing him but it can really effect their world cup campaign!!!

    Another reason- I REALLY WANT TO SEE HIM LOSE THE WORLD CUP!!!

  • uchitdesai on December 29, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    He was known as Punter, with an effective Hunter; From an excellent fielder at the position of point, to a position where fingers point towards him; Yes He is Ricky, once again in a position called Tricky; He has gone Mad and that's why people demand his Head; Leading Austrailia to the Lost-trail-lia O poor Ponting, o poor Ponting.

  • sunny1307 on December 29, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    I beg aussie selectors not to let go punter.........he is in his lowest phase of his life and he needs support......he was won everyting except series in india and the ashes....he has records that no captain in future will be able to break...i feel the ashes is gone buut its just the lull before the storm......wait for the world cup let marsh,tait and lee return and then see how aussies perform in the world cup..........after that give time of 2 years to punter to rebuild the team..........coz aussies might not get another ponting for the next 80-100 years.........

  • on December 29, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    Where is the great Aussie Bench Strength? No point hunting for the current captain. He is only as good as his side.

  • ajetti on December 29, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    All things come to an end, good or bad (or as in the case of Ricky Ponting, should I say ugly? I agree its too harsh but I confess I'm tempted!). Ponting has been a great batsman of the modern era, even a die-hard Indian fan like me will agree. But forgetting his indiscretions over the years and most recently a few days ago, I'd still say he should move on for the benefit of the Australian team. Lifecycle - that's the keyword. Australian cricket has come full circle after a good two decades. One needs to do some spring cleaning and plan for the future. I see Ponting as a throwback to an older era now. His batting has definitely fallen to pieces. Yes, England have comprehensively won the Ashes but their bowling is certainly nothing to fear. And Ponting has failed over 4 tests against an average bpwling attack. Advancing age? Slowing refelexes? Whatever, he's past his sell by date. The less said about his captaincy. He has never been a good captain. Period. Thank you Ricky! Take a bow!

  • MandarSathe on December 29, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    I don't understand why Cameron White, David Hussey are not in side instead of Ponting & Clarke. White & Hussey are talent that have proved on international stage. Also if Sehwag & Hayden can be successful in test cricket then why not.. David warner..?

    My changes for next test: Ponting --> White Clarke --> David Hussey/Khwaja Hughes--> David warner

  • asif_the_spotfixer on December 29, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    No. 3 batsman struggling these days look at Rahul dravid and Ricky ponting both are good batsman but struggling these days...

  • Bhatin on December 29, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    Over the years there has been so much talk about academy system in Australia and bench strength. A failure to have a quality bowling attack and lack of good middle order batsman has spectacularly exposed this myth. Philip Hughes was one of them and he had failed to replace Katich. Rest of the batsmen have not been tested so far in tests. The biggest worry is the bowling where Australia could not field a quality spinner and seam attack looks out of sorts. If Ponting & Clarke are to be dropped, where are the batsmen to replace them ? After Warne, where is a spinner half as good as him ? Australia tried as many as 8-10 spinners after him. Which academy are the next McGraths, Lee, Gillespie coming from ? And above all where is a thinking brain for captain going to come from ? Also, get Greg Chappel out of the system as soon as possible. This guy has some stupid ideas and can do nothing of use. Look at India, they dumped him and today they are best in the world. Start rebuilding now.

  • VipulPatki on December 29, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    Would be foolish to sack Ponting now. He still remains their best player by some distance. Australian selectors have made too many blunders already. Can't afford to make what would be the biggest of them all.

  • on December 29, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    Ponting is nowhere in comparison to the great captains australia has had. He still has that awesome captaincy record b'coz of the great players he had at his disposal, Glen McGrath, Warne, Hayden, Langer, Gilly, Symonds, Gillespie, Martin to name a few... Now that they are gone, look at the number of home mathces he has lost....

  • Bhatin on December 29, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    Ponting had been a good batsman over the years and a very lucky captain. His failure to get best out of the guys on hand has been exposed after the stalwarts have retired. Also no other Australian captain has such rude behavior and have been involved in so many controversies. A captain should be composed and well mannered on and off field and Ponting is way below par. The latest fight with umpires and the infamous Sydney test saga against India in 2008 are well documented examples of this. Its time for him to accept that he was lucky captain and step aside. The problem Australia has is lack of a suitable candidate at the moment. Hussey looses on Age, Clarke is in same boat as Ponting, Watson does not appeal as captain.. Haddin is probably the only choice.

  • on December 29, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    I think Ponting can be blamed for his batting form which hasn't been awesome of late, but as a captain, I don't see what else he can do. A captain is only as good as his team and the reality is the Aussies don't have a settled side. I haven't seen so many changes and replacements brought into a Aussie side for nearly a decade. So once the Aussies get back some rhythm and a stable side, and the players will regain their confidence and the Aussies will be back to where they were. I cant see a better man than Ponting to carry the team through this phase. If they sack him as captain they'll surely regret it later.

  • on December 29, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    Arrogance never helps...you should play with a true sportsmanship. Australia's over confidence did them in.

  • CricTheory on December 29, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    Kallis had a bad year in 2008. He averaged less than 32 in 15 Tests. People in SA were calling for his head. Luckily the selectors stuck to their guns. Kallis rewarded their loyalty by averaging 70+ over the last two years. Like Kallis, Punter is quality. I would not write him off quite yet.

  • on December 29, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    EVERY PLAYER HAS BAD DAYS IN THEIR CAREER.EVEN BRADMAN FAILED IN HIS LAST TEST WHICH MATTERED MOST.WITH SUCH GREAT PERFORMANCES BEHIND HIM YOU CANNOT REMOVE PONTING FROM THE TEAM. CAPTAINSHIP IS OFCOURSE DIFFERENTCUP OF TEAM.

    SACHIN WHEN STARTED FAILING AS CAPTAIN GOT HIMSELF REMOVED FROM THE POST INSTEAD OF FIGHTING HIS WAY WITH THE SELECTORS.SO GOOD ADVISE FOR PONTING WILL BE TO REMOVE HIMSELF FROM THE POST.IN FACT WITH THE BAD TEMPERAMENT AND UNSPORTSMANLIKE ATTITUDE IT IS SURPRISING HOW PONTING COULD CONTINUE SO FAR AS A CAPTAIN .MAY BE BECAUSE OF THE STRENGTH OF HIS TEAM WHICH WAS SO GOOD THAT IT REALLY DID NOT MATTER WHO IS LEADING THEM.

    MY PREDICTION IS IF PONTING REMOVE HIMSELF FROM CAPTAINSHIP AS SACHIN DID HE WILL OUTSHINE HIM AS A BATSMAN IN HIS REMAINING FEW MORE YEARS OF CAREER

  • on December 29, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    Punter - Challenge is not winning the matches with match winners like, Hayden, Gilly, Mc Grath, Warne, Martyn & Lee. It is how manage with fringe players. CA should have utilised the rotation policy better, Transition phase is absolute failure. The worst part is having Greg Chappel in selection board. The man who destroyed India and players in India like Sourav, Irfan & Kaif who are potential match winners on any given day. Now, no one knows who could replace you, as no one in current Aussie team is captaincy material.

  • landl47 on December 29, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    Yes, Ponting has won a lot of tests as captain, but to judge a captain you have to look at the progression of his record. A captain who started with a mediocre side and finished with a champion side is a great captain. Allen Border could make that claim. A captain who started with a great side and kept it great like Steve Waugh, or who started with a mediocre side and left it in the same position like Bobby Simpson is an adequate captain. A captain who started with a great side and left it in disarray, which is Ponting's record, is a poor captain. The side he inherited was one of the best ever to be assembled, not just in the talent of the players but in their attitude. That carried him through his first years as captain and lingered on into 2008. Since then it has been steadily downhill and the side now isn't just not playing well, it's being beaten with ever-increasing regularity by everyone. That's not bad luck, it's disintegration. Ponting's right, he hasn't much of a case.

  • mrgupta on December 29, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    @popcorn: I am an Indian and i usually don't like your attitude towards Indian side and specially your biased opinion on my favorite player Sachin. But for once i agree with you here. People are targeting Ponting wrongly. He is a good Captain but he can plan tactics only and then its upto his bowlers and fielders to do the work and sadly for Australia they are not doing it correctly. Ponting is a great and a Legend and this fact cannot be taken away from him. He has been one of game's greatest players and holds the best records as a Captain. As a fan of the game i sure hope Ponting is respected rather than crucified. Its sad to see one of game's greats like Ponting getting treated like this in his own country.

  • Craving4Cric on December 29, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    Ponting is one of the best batsman. He had no pressure on him as there is always there was some one (batsmen or bowler) in the team who will perform when needed. Now, its totally different the young players are tumbling. This is the time a star player should perform and set an example to the new ones. Unfortunately, Ponting is getting old and challenges are well taken at your young age, when your mind and body is bubbling with energy. Sad to see a great captain, who ruled the game of cricket left all alone in a war field. He should retire as a winner not as a looser.

  • Stark62 on December 29, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    The best thing ACB can do right now is stop being little cry babies and actually recall Symo!

    He is a match winner and teams feared him. He will strengthen that middle order significantly because Ricky and Clarke aren't doing much plus, Hussey can't do everything alone!

  • on December 29, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    @ popcorn Yeah Indians like Steve Waugh more than Ponting. What's the big deal?

  • on December 29, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    I'll just make one point about Ponting's captaincy. Had he not been successful (specially in TEST matches) because of Shane Warne, Gilchrist and Mcgrath? Ponting was dominant based on these legendary players (not doubt he himself is legendary too), which he is missing now badly. The true test of captaincy is when you make the young guys fight hard, where he seems in trouble. Me being Pakistani, I can refer to Imran Khan in World Cup of 1992. He made those youngsters fight - it was only him and Javed Miandad the most senior players then.

  • advsathish on December 29, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    Hi guys,

    I am not a great fan of Australia but still what is meted out to Ponting is far from fair. Just a few years back, you had a captain called Mark Taylor whose form was woeful but the team was doing the work and still he retained his job. To me, Ponting is unarguably one of the best no.3 batsmen in the world and you must give him time. But then if australia does not care about theirbest batsmen and great leader whose loss it is?

    And then again, who will lead the side? Clarke? I think if they are looking for change,they should probably look at Hussey and let ponting remain in the team.

    Regards, Sathish

  • on December 29, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    Ricky Ponting is the best batsmen in the world.He has scored most of his runs in bowler friendly conditions.He has not lost a single match in world cup as captain out of 20 matches.he won 2 world cups for aus under his captaincy.he was instumental in australia's world cup success in 99 and world cup final in 96.THERE IS NO PLAYER IN THE HISTORY OF CRICKET WHOSE CAREER IS AS SUCCESSFUL AS PONTING'S.ponting should retire from odi after 2011 worldcup and concentrate on 2013 ashes.many others like clarke,north,steve smith,katich,hughes failed in this series.

  • on December 29, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    what is wrong with popcorn? You lost to Poms. Why do you think that Indians have anything to bay for his blood? We too agree that Australian team is ONE of the best teamsin the world...not the only best team!!! ok?

  • westindiancanadian on December 29, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    I wish we could separate the batsman from the cricketer....great career batsman but terrible cricketer. Too bad Ricky, you will NOT go out on top whether it was forced or not. Stay on: you are being rewarded for past efforts. Leave: you were secretly pushed out. You will not win this one. Maybe give Bucknor a call to help out in Sydney.

  • number-09 on December 29, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    Pointing is saying all the right things. But wheather he remains captain or not Oz has to begin a rebuilding process, with or without him as captain. Personally I think pointing should see the world cup thru, and if his form is still poor then he should relinquish the captaincy to concentrate on his batting. The team playing poorly is wrecking havoc on pointing's form. He is probably putting too much pressure on himself.

  • anur8g on December 29, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    I guess all forgot the Champions Trophy 2009 & India tour 2009, Punter with this C team & won the series.

  • satanswish on December 29, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    JUST SACK THAT LOSER PONTING IMMEDIATELY.

  • cricinme on December 29, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    Ponting is no doubt a good batsman. But as regards captaincy, he is no where near the calibre of Steve Waugh, Alan Border or Mark Taylor. His success as a captain was due to players like Hayden, Gilchrist, Symonds, Mcgrath, Lee, Warne etc. playing in his team. His bad behaviour with Aleem Dar, one of the most respected umpires was seen by millions over the world and set a bad example in cricketing terms. He showed the world how bad can he be when the chips are down against him. Now that he is nearing the end of his career he should show respect to the game that gave him respect and retire gracefully. Congrats Engand for bringing out the venom from this guy and winning the Ashes.

  • on December 29, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    tell him that please announce your retirement.

  • Silloh on December 29, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    Great win by England. Well played and full kudos to Strauss and the team. Disappointing Aussies didn't put up a better performance but there is still a test to be played and the focus by the Aussies should be to pick up the pieces and level the series. Hopefully Ponting will win the toss and also regain his form. It's not only him alone but as the leader his responsibility is prime. Of course all the arm chair selector generals will want to provide their distractions at least give Ponting a chance for the next test.

  • on December 29, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    Ricky Ponting has won the 2003 and 2007 World Cups for Australia, who were undefeated in ALL their matches, and the 2006 Ashes. This guy is the most successful captain in cricket history. The only reason he may have to quit is because of passage of time, not a problem with his record. Ponting should not worry for his legacy of 8 years - he's done a better job than captains of all Test-playing nations combined.

  • on December 29, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    Ponting is still the best man to lead us. clarke is a noob. He has been voted as his deputy so that he can grow up like him but he grown up to be a posy boy, nothing more. We potrayed him totally wrong. We will be now playing for pride and make this series drawn rather than a defeat. It will look like 2-2, tbh Urn returns to england but they will not be claimed as Series clincher.

  • on December 29, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    Blimey give the bloke his due - he lost his rag out there in this test, but Ponting is clearly a very good bloke, a deeply honest person and a genuine great of the world game. They say that all political careers end in failure; perhaps, reflecting on recent resignations in the game, we can say the same for cricket captains' careers too. I hope England wins the final test, as it deserves to. Equally, I hope that Ponting continues to play on even if not as captain, towards one final flourish at the World Cup, perhaps.

  • on December 29, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    I think major difference in Aussi team from last 2-3 years is players like Gilli,Symands,M'grath ,Haden & one & one only Warn.Those playes hve the capacity to pull the game from any team any time. now in current team only M hussy can do this. This is not enough if u want to be a no.1 team..............

  • on December 29, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    Really feel sorry for Punter..... Once a great player and a fierce leader. Seems your times up...!!!!

  • bigduhu on December 29, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    Ponting is a great player but his performances as a batsman have suffered (a batting average of 40 over the last 40 test matches) due to the increased stress of leading a weak team after the departures of McGrath and Warne. In my view, the best way for him to get back to his best form and level again is to give up the captaincy and concentrate full time on batting like Tendulkar has done. This will obviously resurrect his own career as a batsman but I am not sure who has the best credentials to lead the team. Clarke is not inspiring nor does he have the form to support his captaincy. Might be best to give the captaincy to Haddin for the short term and during this time identify and groom someone for the long term.

  • Mikepillar on December 29, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    If anybody in Ponting's place they would retire gracefullly and support young players. Ponting is too selfish. Hope this is going to be his last test series. He should announce his retirement and encourage new guys.

  • Sprewell on December 29, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    Watson moves to no.4 - he will have time to rest make large score & bowl more as a fourth seamer and a genuine allrounder. Hussey should open giving stability at the beginning of the innings rather when 3 down. Katich other opener, Kawahja @ 3. Clarke @ 5, he is not a top order batsman and 4 is too high (becomes captain like he has been groomed to be). Ponting, now with slower reflexes/eye, can drop to 6 like S.Waugh & Border did. Haddin @ 7 + made Vice Capt. Spinner should be Hauritz, but if Smith is going to play he has to as a spinner ONLY - he is not a test batsman (decent ODI/T20). Harris is out injured, so Siddle & Johnson will play despite neither being consistent and Bollinger should be given another go if he is fit. Hilfenhaus needs only play in swinging conditions. Maddinson, Hughes, S.Marsh, Ferguson, Lynn, McDonald, Paine, O'Keefe, Butterworth, Copeland, Faulkner should all be considered for rebuilding this side which shows there is plenty of talent.

  • vikramg on December 29, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    pointing needs to get that captaincy monkey down his shoulders.cos its hurting his own batting.pointing needs to do a sachin and let some other guys take up captaincy...cos if he continues captaincy then it may affect his career as a whole..

    @pointing:mate.you got a great career ahead.getout of captaincy..u will still be in the team anyday coz ur one of all-times best..

  • Jaggadaaku on December 29, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    Any good hearted human can leave the leadership if he passes through the crisis like Punter is passing, but this guy showing you his history of winning the matches by him telling he is the best. We are not talking about the history here, we are talking about the present here. And in present, you struggle a lot-as a batsman, and as a captain, and moreover; you are an injured. Punter, when you won 66 matches as a captain, you had Mc Grath, Warne, Heyden, Langer, D. Martin, Beven, Gillespie, Symonds, Lehman, and other strong players in the team. With these kind of cricketers in the team, anyone can have the great success. If you are still the best choice as a captain, then train the current team and get success, but before you do that you have to become a role model scoring some runs, which is not possible for you these days, stop bullshiting what you did some years ago.

  • on December 29, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    ponting is a looser he should be thrown out of the team..

  • Qureshigm on December 29, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    The game of Cricket is not One Man Show. There ought be blames to rest of the Team Players... If teams have good players and winning matches, it can not be said the team does not need Captain... Ponting has led the team superbly and winning 48 out 77 is incredible. You can't sack one player/captain for the loss of one or two series. I guess Fielding was one factor in the Ashes loss (One match remaining). Australia was below par in the Fielding............. However Hats off to Punter for incredible record in all formats of the game... He has been True Leader and Player for CA....

  • montywolf on December 29, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    Ponting is a great player and the comment posted by popcorn is completely true. Australia need him in the test side as a player and skipper. Michael Clarke is not yet ready to captain the test team full time, but in a few years when Punter retires I think Michael will be ready. I am confident that Australia will perform pressure free in Sydney and that Ponting (and also Clarke and Hughes if Katich does not return) will silence some critics.

  • Okakaboka on December 29, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    Come on you jelly fish selectors, Cameron White MUST be made Captain and allowed to rebuild the team from the ground up...new coach, batting coach is useless...You don't teach batsmen to hang the washing out by putting their bat on a 45 degree angle reach out to a ball a foot and half outside off stump, shut your eyes and have a swish. Some of them...CLARKE...reminded me of Harry Potter performing a spell. The bowling Coach needs to be dropped.... bowlers are supposed to hit the pitch regularly...and errr...swing or seam the ball. Who was responsible for Siddles 's tactics in Adelaide and WA.....The bowler?? I don't think so...he is our best bowler by a mile. He doesn't take prisoners and is always trying to fire up and encourage team mates. Pity a few more didn't have that attitude. If Dougie B. is fit time for him to come back. Johnston......keep him as a WACA specialist only....He'll only damage the ball and the grass along side the pitch in Sydney.

  • satya99 on December 29, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    Get Symonds back . Get Watson to play in the middle order which is weak right now .Ponting with his experience should stay on as captain ..I mean who's there to replace him ?

  • prashbhaw on December 29, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    This downslide could have easily started when Mark Taylor or Steve Waugh took over. Mark Taylor lost his first series in Pakistan and Steve Waugh barely hung on to a 2-2 draw in the West Indies followed by a 1-0 loss in Sri Lanka. However, both of them did some serious thinking and lifted the team by its bootstraps. When Waugh was captain, Australia was struggling to find openers and the bowling attack didn't go beyond McGrath/Warne. What Waugh did was bring in two players who had been in and out of the team and transform them into a lethal combination. Ponting merely inherited the good work done by Waugh and Taylor and, in the process, got too used to winning. As a result, when the first cracks started to show, he ignored them. He is merely paying the price for complacency.

  • Jaggadaaku on December 29, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    @ Babar Durrani, You are right, the captain shouldn't score a century in every innings to prove he is still the best to lead. But at-least the captain should score some runs (One fifty) once a while. Ponting gets fail to score 20+ runs in every innings, and moreover; he recommended to include his cousin-Hilfy in the team besides his cousin also fails to capture the wickets, even though he gets most number of overs than the other bowlers in every innings. So, this is the issue.

  • on December 29, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    to get to 2-2 australia need serious selection decisions tobe made...ponting could be kept on as a non playing captain..bring in hussey or shane watson as a stand in captain...it is not captaincy alone that loses matches and australia should look at the four problematic positions...hughes, ponting, clarke and smith...o keefe has made his case and should replace smith as spinner...that leaves at least three to four batting positions to consider......sydney is probably a fast and spin wicket ...probably there is a case to bring in an inform bowler as well...that should be easy with the harris injury...if sydney is a spin track than play three fast men and an extra batsman...australia has a wealth of talent and should be able to pick a good side even without ponting and clarke...u can reconsider ponting and clarke after a rest for the worldcup

  • cgkirtikar on December 29, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    Really unfortunate that public memory is really short. They prefer concentrating on current glory than an overall track record ! Ponting is one of cricket's modern greats. It will be really unfortunate to be remembered as the guy who lost three Ashes series, rather than the guy who won three World Cups !

    I can compare his predicament and relate it although on a much lower scale to poor Chetan Sharma, who is remembered by every Indian as the guy who was hit for a last ball six by Miandad rather than the guy who took the first hat-trick in a World Cup ! Regional / Traditional rivalries do tend to outlive other great memories.

    Ponting will always live on as only second to Bradman, as the greatest batsman that Australia has ever produced. My commiserations and salute to a super cricketer. Not my favourite, but definitely has been a treat to watch over the years !

  • niravkd on December 29, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    ponting has ego of an elephant , he just cant accept defeat

  • Jaggadaaku on December 29, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    Ponting is not stupid, he knows if he would step-down from the leadership, his own and his cousin-Hilfy's place in the team would be doubtful. So, that is the reason, he is not stepping down from the leadership besides he and his cousin-Hilfy get fail in every innings. He is giving more and more overs than the other bowlers to his loving cousin, but having opportunity to bowl most number of overs won't earn him success. Hilfy carries 73.50 runs per wicket (Total 4 wickets in 294 runs) in this series. Even the all-rounders like Hopes could have better bowling average. But still Australian Board doesn't have gut to tell Ricky about this issue.

  • number-09 on December 29, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    CRIMSONBULL - There is a big difference between Pointing and Clive LLoyd. Pointing was handed the best team, a top coach and all that goes with it. LLoyd was the brain child of the West-Indies resurgence after inheriting a losing team. Go read on history, and stop making these sorry comparisons.

  • Cricket.Nellore on December 29, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    Ponting must be respected for the maintaining the reputation of Aussies cricket team for long time and i suggest he must signoff from the Skipper role now for tests. Lets who will succeed him, clarke will not be a best pick.

  • madscientist001 on December 29, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    The experiment at #6 has failed, Ponting spent the early part of his career at #6, he should look to end it there. Hughes was unfortunate when he started to look good and deserves to continue, if Katich has recovered he should play. Johnson should be given the boot, one of the most frustrating cricketers to look at, his bowling and batting suffers when he has to think, if he is having off field problems, during play is the best way to forget them for a while, a lobotomy will do him some good and when his cricket career is over he can be a politician. What do the selectors have against Hodge, considering he is included in the preliminary list of 30 for the world cup, he should be given a chance to replace Clarke in the middle order, with the bowling try some of the youngsters, you can't win back the Ashes. Smith could develop into that could bat, not be used as a batsman that could spin, let someone work on his bowling there is something that could become worthwhile.

  • on December 29, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    of the 19 test ricky pointing was captain against england, his team has drawn 5, lost 6 times and won 7 times!!

  • on December 29, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    Pointing like many great players have gone through a bad patch. and it seem we always forget the character and their contributions because they have lost their form. Class however is permenant, and at 36 Pointing can bounce back, much like Tendulkar, Lara, Dravid, Kallis and some of the other great player who went through their our trials. As for a replacement Clake has lost form and confidence, Hussey"s important batting role will be affected , so that leaves Watson or Haddin. It's not an easy choice, espically if Clarke is to remain on the side as well. whatever the selectors decide, Hussey should be made vice captain

  • SnowSnake on December 29, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    @popcorn: The longer Ponting plays the worse his track record will get. It is not how many wins you have, it is about win-loss ratio that determines a captiancy. Also, ponting batting average has declined from over 57 to around 53. Keeping him in the team would also see his average drop. If Ponting plays for another one year, he will retire as an average player.

  • zaragon on December 29, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    I agree with all those who say that Ponting should continue - because there is no better candiate. He's in terrible form with the bat - but so was Hussey and look how well he has played in this series. Ponting is still a great test batsman. I think the 2006/7 side that thrashed England 5-0 was one of the best ever - but also (I think) one of the oldest Ashes teams in history. It was predictable that when all those players retired they would be impossible to replace en masse. Any top team has to keep the balance right between experienced and young players - something England are now doing well. Alex Ferguson is brilliant at it - balancing the needs of short term success with continued team development. The Australian selectors have failed to do that and are now paying the price. They must now find a new crop of brilliant young players. Turning them into a winning test team should be Ponting's last job for Australian cricket.

  • ShinMinJin on December 29, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    PONTING & CLARKE should remember the way INDIA was illtreated and Humiliated in Sydney last time with their worst sportive actions. Let them see how many tests they have won after that match anywhere...... Someone is watching...:)

  • on December 29, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    This really proves that a Captain is only as good as his team.A captain can save himself in a lost series by at least performing better than the other team mates. Same thing happened with Sourav as he too became a monster for public and Dhoni has proved his intelligence by scoring good runs in lost matches.That way at least the pressure is reduced slightly.Successful Captaincy requires good luck and stable head both.Aussies should not hate him for his recent loses but praise him for his fantastic career.

  • goodhoot on December 29, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    In response to Considered,onfield performances go a long way to garnering respect from supporters,not going out to bat when the team's 3/30,making 20 and then playing an irresponsible shot cos it's too hard.Australia's heading to the bottom and we need a captain with b*lls to lift us up,Michael Clarke aint that despite his record.1st innings runs are always a good indicator,OK he's done not bad there,but not against quality attacks and now the Poms have shown his technique to be faulty,he's anybody's in world cricket,good luck Australia!

  • on December 29, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    Ponting is not the only one responsible, A captain should lead the team from the front, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he has to score a century in every match, I know that ponting is not in form, but even sachin tendulkar and other great players have been passing through this kind of form, Ponting is a great team leader, but he seems to be frustrated a little with his team mates, I think Australian selectors should seriously think about Michael Clarke, Marcus north, and philip's position. You know, dhoni wasn't scoring well, but his other team players did the job for him. even in the past, Players like whenever ponting didn't score players like andrew symonds, hussey, hayden used to do the job for australian team, and ponting used to lead the team.

  • Evangelyst on December 29, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    Ponting should speak with Tendulkar after the series and get tips on how to get back his run making form. There is no shame in reaching out to a fellow great. I am sure if Ponting can take a break for a month or so, refocus and return he could be a better player.

  • poderdubdubdub on December 29, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    Its the natural cycle of this universe, Australia are down right now, they will be emerging back in due course, look at other teams too, India used to be at the bottom of rankings, now they are top. Australians will bounce back, probably quicker than others.

  • on December 29, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    Something to think about and this is applicable to life too. When your team is Good, you do not need to perform at peak and your mistakes aren't that much noticed. But when your team is about average, your performance and mistakes are noticeable every time; therefore a good performance is needed for your own survival...

  • crimsonbull on December 29, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    Ponting and Clive Lloyd had fabulous teams that made them 'LOOK' like good captains. Ponting captiancy IQ is in the low teens.

  • givemefood on December 29, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    Ponting isn't going anywhere until the end of world cup 2011. If Selectors downgrade him or replace him Australia will start as minnows in the world cup. Ponting is out of form.. so is Australia. Give them time.. but its time to start planning for a new captain post 2011 world cup - perhaps Cameron White?

  • argylep on December 29, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    Ponting needs to get real!! Great players don't make great captains. His time has come and.......gone!! Despite this however he will still go down as one of the finest bastmen of his era but also as one of the poorest leaders. Moreover his cricket sportsmanship and on/off field conduct (as both player/captain) has been and still is a disgrace to the Spirit of the Game. His batting is in obvious decline and his leadership - certainly during this series - has been weak and ineffective. Truly great cricketers just know when its time to go so for Ponting to hang on in this way is selfishly delusional. He's right tho' in that Cricket Australia must be allowed to move on but it must do it without him.

  • goodhoot on December 29, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    I concur with redneck,keep Ponting as captain cos Australia's gonna get worse before they improve.Looks to me like it's jobs for the boys,batting coach,bowling coach etc.The way the top order plays is basic juniors,bat away from pad,play away from the body,head in the air,eyes not on the ball,can anyone add more?Bowlers too short on a very helpful deck,seam upright,jam up the batsmen to help your bowler at the other end pick up a wicket.Love Peter Siddle for his determination and price he puts on his wicket,but bowling he does so good ie beats 'em,has a word to tell 'em how they can't bat,then gives a 4 ball to 'em at nearly 1 per over.This test was an exception cos he bowled well,but the rest?Others were shite,cricket is a thinking man's game,it's about bowling to a plan,like the way Strauss worked over Hussey having him caught at cover,he noticed Huss hits the ball in the air through cover and set him up,The bowler worked to the well thought out plan,goodbye Huss,goodbye ashes

  • popcorn on December 29, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    Technically, Australia have NOT LOST The Ashes 2010 -11.The series could be 2 -2 after Sydney.England would have retained The Ashes - not won it.Unfortunately, no one seems to be interested in history at the moment. People, not necessarily Australians - largely Indians only, are baying for his blood. History will salute Ponting as the ONLY Australian Test captain after Warwick Armstrong, 85 years ago,to give England a 5 nil Ashes hiding in 2006 -07. History will salute Ponting as the winningest Test captain EVER in Test history, anywhere in the world - 48 Test wins so far - a feat that will NEVER be equalled BY ANY CAPTAIN.History will show that Ponting is the ONLY Australian Captain to have won the ODI World Cup TWICE, and the ODI Champions Trophy once. Calls for his head are premature. This is NOT the AUSTRAYLIAN WAY. Ponting SHOULD Captain at the SCG as his farewell Test, he SHOULD captain the ODI World Cup side and come away with a THIRD consecutive win.Pup should take over then.

  • rwilo12 on December 29, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    @ streetblader how the hell can u say ponting is a loser he has the 2nd most runs in test cricket , his captaincy may not be the best but hey is a great play, one of australias greatest.

  • vichu0487 on December 29, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    Time up for Ponting, no doubt about it. But things will only get worse if he is removed now, ther is no proper substitute in the current side and world cup is not too far away. So for the time being he might be retained..

  • pranavg9994 on December 29, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    ponting is THE BEST MAN to lead australia.period.he has the best ever win record for a captain.as much as i hate his on-field antics and his arrogance,i admire his determination to got out there and win every time...he is THE BEST ever skipper in the history of cricket....he will bounce back soon

  • nair_ottappalam on December 29, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    Ricky's side has been outplayed by England and I had talked before the start of the series that England will emerge the winners.With the SCG test match coming, the presence of Swann in the English side will just increase the nightmares for Aussies. They are totally out off moods and unless and until England does something too silly, its going to be 3-1 in English favour. Well there has been a tremendous media attack on the Punter. He may not have done great over the past year or so. Yet he is second best batsman in the world. There is absolutely no doubt about it. Two years ago he was neck to neck with Tendulkar and looked as if he might challenge Sachin's record one day, having the age advantage in his favour. But a dramatic dip in form for Punter and continuous scaling of heights by Tendulkar has put it totally out of reach for Punter. I hope he will still continue to play good without attacking the spirits of the game the way he did at MCG. I respect you as a batsman

  • Paul_JT on December 29, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    A 'convenient' injury is in the interests of both Ponting and the Selectors. It is an opportunity for Clarke and a necessary stop-gap till after the World Cup. Cameron White would be my long-term choice for Captain, but can't see Hussey being dropped for Sydney. Consistent selection is the first step to recovery. Bollinger and Khawaja have already been called up this series and should come in. O'Keefe was ahead of Beer when the A side was selected, he should play at expense of Hilfenhaus on his home ground. MY XII: Watson, Hughes, Khawaja, Clarke, Hussey, Haddin, Smith, O'Keefe, Johnson, Siddle and Bollinger (Hilfenhaus 12th man).

  • MohitMishra on December 29, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    I think Ponting shud not be removed from the team neither he shud lose his captaincy.......because it really luks nice to see the luk on the faces of oz cricketers when they lose any match......loved the luk on Punter's face today.....they shud feel the pain of losing a game.....It's true that if australia is asked to play a game without cheating and without the help of Umpires like steve bucknor, then they will never win.....

  • Donut_Davey on December 29, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    time for changes. Ponting, Clarke and Hughes out of the batting line up. Replace with Kawahja, Ferguson and Nic Maddison in. Drop the whole bowling line up and bring in Luke Butterworth, Mitch Starc, Josh Hazelwood and Mike Beer he has been made to miss games for WA so it is only fair. The Capt should be tough nut Shane Watson. Well Done England and also Barmy Army

  • Chapelau on December 29, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    We cant know what it is REALLY like in the Oz dressing room but with such a bad sport and a negative personality "leading" the team, they cannot have good morale. His batting is barely average at best now - the English attack is a good one and they have got his measure, but maybe he will score runs avgainst klesser attacks, so maybe he needs to hand over the captaincy, but bat lower down - say No.5 and his "wise head" (questionable) can still be of use to the new captain.

  • prasad.mandali on December 29, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    No issue what h've happened, but Punter is the best ever man to be in the game, geatest players have gone in the recent years, so i'll take some time to bring new energy into the team. But every'e must remember that 'PONTING IS THE ONLY MAN WHO CONTRIBUTED TO 99 TEST VICTORIES" in his carrer, so we must encourage him to re back as early as he was in the earliest days. PUNTER YOU MUST BRING BACK YOUR FORM OF PLAY. ALL THE VERY BEST. i"m hopfully waiting to listening to the victory of Aus's Victory at SCG.

  • on December 29, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    I think the ICC should take over the Australian helleven, with Pawar as captain and Lorgat coming one-down also being the vice-captain.

  • on December 29, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    Actually its been ages since the Aussie coach has been in the news. Wonder why. Buchanan used to be in the pages often, doing new things and crazy things with the Aussies. After that, its been all on the players and Ponting. Remove the entire old guard or whatever's left of them(Ponting) and select a new team for the future. It can't get any worse. I don't think the Aussies can win this World Cup, India at home is as formidable as opponents come. If they do win, well, it will be an extremely fortunate win based on current form, but who knows what can happen after 50 days!

  • baskar_guha on December 29, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    Time for to rejuvenate with a new captain. Watson is a gritty player who can do the job. Ponting should contribute with the bat in the twilight of his career.

  • on December 29, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    they should go for brad haddin, hussey is too nice person to be a australian captain as we all know aussie captaincy doesnt require being a polite gentleman like hussey.. hope hussey wont spoil his game by becoming aussie captain

  • on December 29, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    I am Sure Tim Neilson is not playing out in the Middle....Last Year in the First Test match of the Summer The West Indies Team Lost by an innings and there was all sorts of Garbage talks about West Indies should be Remove from Test Cricket,But Ohhh How the Tables Turn...Australia has been Completely Outplayed in The Series...Am Interesting to hear what the Cricket Gods and Pundits in Australia are Saying...They always Love to count their Chickens Before they Hatch...Am expecting the Fat Lady at Sydney to do her Final rights and say Dust to Dust,Ashes to Ashes and Earth To Earth to The Ashes Series...

  • Kothandaram on December 29, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    Ponting's place is on the chopping block. He is a great batsman and a fine leader, but he needs to take a call. A great player should never reach point where questions are asked about his presence in the team. it should be a question of 'why he quit' and not 'why is he still playing on?' apparently there aren't players capable of stepping up and leading the Australian revival. Clarke seems to be out-of-sorts. maybe the Aussies can think of a stop-gap arrangement before finding some long-term captain in a few months time. also, its time to identify young talent and give them time to develop into the roles and make a permanent place in the side.. ferguson, Khawaja and the others need to rise to the challenge. Oz in for tough times, but need to endure it. a strong Aussie team is needed for test cricket to survive

  • on December 29, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    "Congrats to England team for retaining Ashes". I wonder why ponting would think to change the his batting order, of course he's got tons of runs in that position and according to the situation their should be someone to defend the team late in the innings. Unfortunately things didnt work for him and situations wen mere worse after Hussey wicket.

  • on December 29, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    Only thing Ponting can do for Australian cricket is to step down from captaincy immediately....& give way for a younger player to serve Aus. cricket in a very near future. Ponting should be past of Aus. cricket ASAP.

  • on December 29, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    Ponting may stay on solely because there's no viable alternative. He's one of the all-time greats as a batsman, done very well as captain and seems a good bloke. It's just gradually fallen apart for him. His form's shot, the selectors are swapping players like England used to do a while back and he's had to suffer the retirement of virtually all of Australia's best players.

  • Chris_Howard on December 29, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    "Only last week we were on top of the world," said Ponting. The Aussies should have taken a leaf out of Essendon 2000's book. Don't over celebrate the battle victories, it's the war that counts.

  • streetblader on December 29, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    "There's lots of other great things I've been lucky to be able to be part of as a player throughout my career..."

    Words of a desperate man, desperately seeking greatness... He is nothing but a loser who made hay while Hayden, Gilly, McGrath, Warne etc shone... Once those bright lights extinguished, Punter figured his own light wasn't bright enough to show the way... Australia has lost way with him at the helm... Ponting is dead... Let's give him a decent burial...

  • h4hamid on December 29, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    Mr. Cricket is the best man to lead aussies ...

  • Dheepak.cs on December 29, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS.. WELL DONE ENGLAND by trashing Aussies.. Its great to see ENGLAND defeating Aussies @ Home .. This requires a lot of self belief n commitment, which ENGLAND have proved whet are they capable of.. WELL DONE ANDREW STRAUSS N BOYS

  • redneck on December 29, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    yes we suck at the moment, but i dont think sacking pontings going to improve anything. i would even go as far as saying it would make things worse! he brings more to the table as captain and player than any other non retired cricketer in australia. we need a wise head to lead the team out of this predicament and ricky can do this. never mind theres no one else ready for the job. australian captains to me need a bit of that steely AB resolve. taylor had it, waugh had it and ricky has it. i dont see this in any of the other candidates at all. on his batting he deserves to be given time to work his way out of the rut, an avg 53 after 152 tests speaks for itself. imagine if india cut tendulker after his lean patch in 2006 and the last world cup (he was the same age then as ricky is now). look at him now, hes been in the form of his life this year! loosing the ashes in australia is really disapointing but calling for ricky's head isnt going to help the team at all!!!

  • jagatr on December 29, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    "We didn't do anything different this week than we did last week, we just haven't played well." - thats the problem Punter...England DID do things differently AND they played well....you're still stuck in the same-old same-old rut. Good luck to Oz with you at the helm!l

  • jagatr on December 29, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    " I've felt I've led the team as well as I can" - WOW! God help Oz cricket if this is the best Punter can do...makes me wonder about the Oz selectors too.

  • on December 29, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    Ricky was never a good captain (although his record will always suggest otherwise) but is a great batsmen, who is currently out of form. Perhaps steeping down as captain will do his batting some good! It been a while since we got to see a special innings from Ponting!

  • _Australian_ on December 29, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    It would be a crying shame if Ponting lost the captaincy. There is nobody better to do this job currently in Australian Cricket. Clarke is not the man and all the other state captains are simply not good enough players for test cricket. We supporters of Australian cricket need to bite the bullet and realise those great days are over. Series losses are going to happen more often and mass changes are not going to acomplish anything. We simply don't have the pool of talent we recently did.

  • mathewsphy1 on December 29, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    you should sack tim neilsen as he is not atall giving any input to the team. Only ricky is trying so hard for other teammates. So now what is happening is the result sack coach he is not all having any standard compared to great coach buchanan

  • Aussasinator on December 29, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    Oh come on. Ricky Ponting is Australia's greatest captain and batsman. Three Ashes losses, a home series loss to South Africa, two away series losses to India, a few ODI series losses strewn in, an exposed inability to cope with a slightly quicker short ball, an apologetic bat towards off spin and top class sportsmanship displayed on the field - all these should stand in good stead for his reinstatement as the country's all time great skipper and batsman.

  • capetown-pom on December 29, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    Ricky Ponting tearfully announces his retirement from Test cricket after the humiliation at Melbourne. "But where one door closes, another opens," he says, before unzipping his tracksuit to reveal a sequinned top and announcing his participation in the forthcoming series of Dancing With The Stars.

  • Faizan-Ul-Haq-Fareedi on December 29, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    Ponting Must Think about his and Country.. Now he should come on 2nd one down...now doubt he has a leading Ability...!!! Be Positive.. +

  • FIPL on December 29, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    Goog BYE Mr Punter ..... will see you again doing match commentory in BASH 20 .....

  • ausindo on December 29, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    I think after loosing 3 ashes series (Home and Away), its time to go mate. To let the aussie cricket to regain its past glory, we need to do some changes both in the team and also in the selection panel.

    any comments guys

  • Ozcricketwriter on December 29, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    Cameron White as batsman and captain. Very, very simple and, dare I say it, obvious, in all 3 formats.

  • on December 29, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    ponting is ofcourse a great player, but things are changing very quickly from the last 2 years. This is the time when Australia need a new leader, having aconfidence in himself. The pressure of not performing with the Bat is destroying Pontings captiancy career. But he will be remembered as one of the best Captain forever.

  • danithereddevil on December 29, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    when there was hayden martin mgrath...warne..lee.gilli..it was easly for ricky ..to win...but now its so much hard to win for ricky..coz aussies got no talent left even in hteir domestic......

  • masterblaster1971 on December 29, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    Hang up the boots Ricky, your time has come. Resign now and walk away gracefully to take up bowls or croquet.

  • on December 29, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    It is the time for Ricky to say bye Cricket.If it is happens very first of his carrier my comment be very soft. But now I say Ricky you are totally unfit for cricket Australia and matches..

  • sonofchennai on December 29, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Mr. Punter, be more humble. Do not talk about ur 99 winning matches and all these bloody numbers. You played in a largely winnign team that had champions beside you and you never had the pressure to perform every single match and score in every single innning. The last 3 years show how much of value you bring to the team when it is needed the most and imo, its close to zero. So, think long and hard, ofcourse u need to be in the team. get Hussey to No 3 followed by haddin. Play at No.5 and get pup out of the team.

  • Marcio on December 29, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    Yes, it's time to hand over the reigns, but the axe has to go higher. CA and the selectors are simply incompetent, and if they were on the stock market, shareholders would be rioting. The side is dumb as dog poo, to put it bluntly.They are playing really stupid cricket, botching opportunities, & about as in control as the Keystone Kops. That culture of stupidity - e.g. having SL 8-100 chasing 250 to win, and then letting them get there with ease while their #10 batsman (av. 6 runs/innings) carts them all over the park. This sort of dumbness has happened over & over again. Hughes' run out yesterday was yet another example. "Hey, we're looking good, 5 runs an over, wicket flat, bowling is soft, let's have a run out!" Watson adds, "Yeah,& I'll leave this one on mid stump!" Michael Clarke and Ponting (if retained) will regain form, but Clarke is not captaincy material. That job should go to Brad Haddin for 2-3 years while we are waiting for a suitable younger player to come along.

  • on December 29, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    Well no issue about his ability. Because he is the one off the finest player on field. I thing he just have to take some time to thing about him self. I mean take rest like Sachin took all the time and come back. After he will be blast for sure.

  • on December 29, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    just sack him and send him across the tasman

  • DoctorOxmoor on December 29, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    Great captain and still a great player, but perhaps time to move aside for someone else to take the captaincy. He's had a truly awful series by his own admission, but is still worth his spot in the team. Why not drop down to six, they've had problems there with North and an inexperienced Smith, or would that just be papering over the cracks? The question the selectors have to consider is whether Clarke is the right man for the job. He's been groomed for a number of years, but is currently woefully out of touch and, we'll possibly find out after the series, has been concealing a back injury far worse than anyone has admitted to. Ponting's contribution to the Aussie team and Test cricket in general shouldn't be overlooked, but it's time to step aside. The problem for him is that traditionally the selectors have been ruthless with their former captains.

  • on December 29, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    So long Ricky.... Thank you.

  • on December 29, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    Ricky has to continue as the skipper in both versions and after the world cup Cameron White needs to take over as captain in the one day side. Selectors needs to develop a permanent skipper for tests with Ricky still captaining the test side. Micheal Clarke should only be a player and he is not suited to be even the vice captain. He is highly pressurized with the tag "Next Skipper".

  • KAIRAVA on December 29, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    With the Ashes lost and now left with nothing to lose, Australia should look out for the future and should make wholesome changes for the next test. So my Aussie XI for the Sydney test should be: 1. Shane Watson, 2. Mark Cosgrove, 3. Shaun Marsh, 4. Usman Khwaja, 5. Mike Hussey (Capt'n), 6. AB McDonald, 7. Brad Haddin, 8. Nathan Hauritz, 9. Mitchell Johnson, 10. Peter Siddle, 11. Trent Copeland.

  • on December 29, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    ponting need warne mcgrath gillchrist and hayden to win matches........he doesnt hv any gr8 ability.....he won on basis of some gr8 players . now they retire and fact is infront of u.............

  • The_Wicked_Wicket on December 29, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    It's quite sad to see Ponting going on a down hill ride. I'm an Indian and haven't liked some of his on-field antics especially the one on day 3 at Melbourne. But to sack him for something that's got a lot more to do with the 10 other players in his side is sad. I think the Oz media and public need to bite the bitter pill - the greats have gone and so has the greatness. It's like a life-cycle thing. India will face it in the next year or 2 when they're going to have a "backbone replacement surgery" of sorts in their batting line up. If Australia need to hold on to the WC, then they cannot sack Ponting at this juncture. They do not have a worthy replacement - batsman and skipper. I'm not sure if Ponting has it in him to do a Mark Taylor like finish to his career. Taylor went through 2 years of run scarcity before scoring a big one in Pak and then rediscovering his touch before retiring. This great needs to walk out on his own terms and I hope he will. Good luck Punter!

  • suresh_sksj on December 29, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    all these discussions and debate about where Ricky needs to bat is fine, but 1st should he still be there ?.... is it not time for him to groom someone who can take up his position, it's clear that when Glen, Shane, Hydo, Gilly, Lee etc were there, the ACB did not have any proper bench strength plan..all that they had was these small time guys who were either part of the local Shield games and / or were in IPL / 20-20 games trying to earn some $$$ ASAP...so all the exp and trg they got were in the shorter version of the game...never in the 5 day version...so all these issues now comming up....i guess many countries will face this issue soon.....as most of the guys currently are using the time to play the shorter version rather play the full version....all for just Quick money...and ASAP

  • Satwikrossbones on December 29, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    I don't think Ponting should be removed from captaincy. As an Indian, I hate Ponting severely and thats the reason he should remain captain. Over the last six years he has made millions of opposing fans hate him and fear him. He still has it in him. Do not force him out of captaincy. This is a minor loss of form that a player of his caliber will get out of.

  • ygkd on December 29, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    "Ponting knows his case....is not strong" - well it should be. A case strong enough to hold all his beach balls, boxing kangaroo towels and flag-themed speedos should be given to him right now. Just please don't include a microphone and a Channel Nine blazer.

  • on December 29, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    I think the fall of autralia is no less then fall of an empire. I think after the west indies debacle, this is the biggest fall of a cricketing kingdom. The exit of stalwarts like shane, glenn, hayden has definitely been the reason for the fall and it corroborates the view of many that the captain is as good as the team. It is no different with ricky pointing either.

    The fall also puts a question mark on the great laboratories(academies) that australia has built. You would wonder what happened to those great invention centers, have they ceased producing the legendary cricketers? Which brings me to another question. Are the dons and sachins produced in labs orare gods gift.

  • on December 29, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    People say that Ponting should retire. Ok. But will it improve the performance of the team. I really dont think so. Can you expect Ponting will play well with out pressure just because he gives captiancy to any other guy. No way

  • on December 29, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    Ricky has been a great player and a great captain. Recent retirements of about 12 top players had a negative effect on Aussie cricket. In 80's when Kim Hughes, Graham Yallop and Allan Border came into the Aussie side when Aussie cricket was hampered by Kerry Packer Series - the selectors had the patience to build a team which comprised the likes of Steve Waugh. Making drastic changes will not help Aussie Cricket. Like Steve Waugh has said selectors must keep faith in a set of players and allow them to perform during a period of time. Now being in the 5th place Aussies should not rush to win back the number one slot in short time. Nothing to fall further below. But selectors should know Micheal Clarke is not suitable to captain Aussies right now. Best option is to retain Ricky and develop a solid player - not Clarke - to take over the reigns within two years. One day captaincy should go to Cameron White for sure - after the world cup while Ricky captaining the world cup and give up.

  • PlayingItStraight on December 29, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    Time to go Ricky, if not from the team altogether then at least from the captaincy. England thoroughly outplayed Australia in all departments and deserved their victory, but the contribution from Andrew Strauss as captain was a stark comparison to that of Ricky Ponting - smart use of bowlers, plans to attack opposition batsmen and bowlers, good field placements, and most importantly respect for officials and the opponent at all times. Oh, and he also accepts responsibility for his own poor performance. You were a great player Ricky but now it's time.

  • bobagorof on December 29, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    I am sure that Ponting is genuine in his desire to remain, but there have been a few ugly incidents under his captaincy that show he isn't suited to it - his outburst when the media questioned his claiming of a catch a few years ago, his fining in this match for disputing the umpire's decision, pre-empting the selectors' decisions by announcing the team before the selection is made... On the field the Australians have slow over rates because of constant time-wasting and re-setting fields, selection of 4 fast bowlers on a pitch that will take turn halfway through the match, and setting of bizzare fields. If Ponting feels "I've led the team as well as I can", then perhaps it is time for him to give it away and play as a batsman only. If he's still selected, he could then lend the benefit of his experience to the new captain before he retires.

  • badusha_saji on December 29, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    Ponting is a great leader, but now it time to get down from the leadership. this is correct time to retired, then only he will able perform in wc 2011. or else ACB selector will not select wc squad. M Hussey will be a captain to weak side......

  • on December 29, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    I pity ponting for he is still a class player. Having said that he has a tinge of arrogance which has sometime been his nemesis. Winning or losing is apart of game but grace & humility are very important at any stage. As for the ashes, england played better and deserved to win. Australia was winning everything few years ago but world is round and this was meant to happen for any team. Look at present westindies team. I still beleive ricky & his personnel are class palyers but just low on confidence & collective lack of form. Neverthelss good teams dont take time to turn things around. As for england they have been superb and meticulous in their approach & deserve full accolades. Hope they do well in onedayers as well. That will make world cup exciting with india, SA, Aus & pak.

  • shri619 on December 29, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    evry one talks that ponting has won more matches and his centuries helped aus to win the matches, but that centuries have backed by some brillient bowling by warne,lee etc. that's why ponting percntage of winning is high. in case of tendulkar he has some of the world's worst bowler's and then people says he is not a match winning guy how could you win matches without the good bowlers.check ponting's percentage of winning after the all the big guy's retirment you will see a diffrence.he is not a good captain and if he stay's on his decision soon he will be out of the team. so it's last chance for ponting give up the captancy play as no.3 batsman.

  • Considered on December 29, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    Another article, another seemingly baseless allegation directed toward Clarke. On what evidence do you base the finding that he does not want the extra responsibility of test captaincy? He has always embraced the role when T20 or ODI cricket - indeed he led the T20 team to the WC final. This guff about his A list lifestyle is also outdated and irrelevant. He dumped that girl. All marketable players cash in on their image which fund extravagant lifestyles - Johnson, Watson, Pietersen, Tendulkar all do it. Why is Clarke always singled out for attack? As for his influence over Smith et al - what is your point here? He is a senior member of the NSW squad - such a relationship is natural. Let's focus the debate on Clarke's onfield abilities and forget these lazy, tenuous connections people seem to forge with his lifestyle. If you don't like him as captain fine but don't base your decision on the fact that you don't like his as a person or disapprove of his increasingly popular lifestyle.

  • on December 29, 2010, 7:03 GMT

    its time to include usman khawja and klinger in aussie team, ponting / clark must go with there poor form. klinger should be made captain

  • KingofRedLions on December 29, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    A good sensationalist headline. Nothing in the article suggests that he has a fight on his hands for the captaincy.

  • TheOnlyEmperor on December 29, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    Ponting is 36 and Clarke 29. If Ponting is to be retained as captain, it ought to be till 2012, at least a couple of years. That would make Ponting 38 and Clarke 31. I think then, the entire aspect of "grooming" a captain gets defeated. However, the way SA have handled captaincy is not only interesting but enlightening. After Cronje, it was Pollock and then Smith, both very raw and not quite ready for captaincy. South Africa has built the team around sound solid players rather than around the captain. Likewise India. This seems to work. Replacing Ponting from the helm should not be about Ponting but about the future of Aussie cricket. I think Cricket Australia should be mature enough to rest Ponting from captaincy and allow him to function as a pure player. He would do well that way and also serve the cause of cricket and Aussie cricket before his rightful honorable retirement.

  • on December 29, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    Hope one of the World's all time great gets a respectful exit from the game that he has given so much to...

  • SRT99 on December 29, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    Everybody is talking about removing Ponting from captaincy but now he has seen the worst and I guess he might have learnt a lot from all the experience he has had as a captain so I feel that he is the right man to lead the team now and the team definitely needs some changes in the batting department and also Clarke definitely needs to find form else he will be axed from the team sooner rather than later.

  • TywinLannister on December 29, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    Ha Ha Ha.. Karma is a bitc*, punter - maybe you should have tried to be a little humble when you were lucky to be in charge of a star team that could have been lead by even a clown sitting on a donkey eating bananas.. yeah, time to put things into perspective, buddy.. although I doubt you would.. good luck.. NOT!

  • gujer on December 29, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    i stongly believe the asutalian must be ready to become next w.indians.... they have not got good bowlers neither good bats so australian plz be ready mentally.... as far as punter concern a proudy man but a legend..

  • on December 29, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    throw him out & autralia will wiin

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  • on December 29, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    throw him out & autralia will wiin

  • gujer on December 29, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    i stongly believe the asutalian must be ready to become next w.indians.... they have not got good bowlers neither good bats so australian plz be ready mentally.... as far as punter concern a proudy man but a legend..

  • TywinLannister on December 29, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    Ha Ha Ha.. Karma is a bitc*, punter - maybe you should have tried to be a little humble when you were lucky to be in charge of a star team that could have been lead by even a clown sitting on a donkey eating bananas.. yeah, time to put things into perspective, buddy.. although I doubt you would.. good luck.. NOT!

  • SRT99 on December 29, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    Everybody is talking about removing Ponting from captaincy but now he has seen the worst and I guess he might have learnt a lot from all the experience he has had as a captain so I feel that he is the right man to lead the team now and the team definitely needs some changes in the batting department and also Clarke definitely needs to find form else he will be axed from the team sooner rather than later.

  • on December 29, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    Hope one of the World's all time great gets a respectful exit from the game that he has given so much to...

  • TheOnlyEmperor on December 29, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    Ponting is 36 and Clarke 29. If Ponting is to be retained as captain, it ought to be till 2012, at least a couple of years. That would make Ponting 38 and Clarke 31. I think then, the entire aspect of "grooming" a captain gets defeated. However, the way SA have handled captaincy is not only interesting but enlightening. After Cronje, it was Pollock and then Smith, both very raw and not quite ready for captaincy. South Africa has built the team around sound solid players rather than around the captain. Likewise India. This seems to work. Replacing Ponting from the helm should not be about Ponting but about the future of Aussie cricket. I think Cricket Australia should be mature enough to rest Ponting from captaincy and allow him to function as a pure player. He would do well that way and also serve the cause of cricket and Aussie cricket before his rightful honorable retirement.

  • KingofRedLions on December 29, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    A good sensationalist headline. Nothing in the article suggests that he has a fight on his hands for the captaincy.

  • on December 29, 2010, 7:03 GMT

    its time to include usman khawja and klinger in aussie team, ponting / clark must go with there poor form. klinger should be made captain

  • Considered on December 29, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    Another article, another seemingly baseless allegation directed toward Clarke. On what evidence do you base the finding that he does not want the extra responsibility of test captaincy? He has always embraced the role when T20 or ODI cricket - indeed he led the T20 team to the WC final. This guff about his A list lifestyle is also outdated and irrelevant. He dumped that girl. All marketable players cash in on their image which fund extravagant lifestyles - Johnson, Watson, Pietersen, Tendulkar all do it. Why is Clarke always singled out for attack? As for his influence over Smith et al - what is your point here? He is a senior member of the NSW squad - such a relationship is natural. Let's focus the debate on Clarke's onfield abilities and forget these lazy, tenuous connections people seem to forge with his lifestyle. If you don't like him as captain fine but don't base your decision on the fact that you don't like his as a person or disapprove of his increasingly popular lifestyle.

  • shri619 on December 29, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    evry one talks that ponting has won more matches and his centuries helped aus to win the matches, but that centuries have backed by some brillient bowling by warne,lee etc. that's why ponting percntage of winning is high. in case of tendulkar he has some of the world's worst bowler's and then people says he is not a match winning guy how could you win matches without the good bowlers.check ponting's percentage of winning after the all the big guy's retirment you will see a diffrence.he is not a good captain and if he stay's on his decision soon he will be out of the team. so it's last chance for ponting give up the captancy play as no.3 batsman.