Monday, February 20, 2012

Ponting consider play future after ODI axing

Sydney- Feb 20. Ricky Ponting's ODI international career appear over on Monday after he was dropped from Australia's team after a dismal run of form, and was consider his future in the game.

Chief selector John Inveracity announced the axing of Ricky Ponting, the 2nd all-time leading runs corer in ODIs, after he scored just 18 runs in five tri-series knock against India and Sri Lanka.Ricky Ponting has be dropped from the (ODI) squad due to his lack of form in the five tri-series matches to date," Inveracity said. Meeting reporters in Perth, Inveracity also said there were no guarantee Ponting continues playing Test cricket, and that the former captain was pondering his next steps.

Ponting is going to think his future over the next couple of days and he'll talk it over with his family and with his manager, and my estimate is he'll be giving a press conference in the next two or three days," he said.Ponting, 37, said earlier that he wanted to battle during his current slump. He has averaged just 3.60 in his five tri-series innings. But Inveracity, while praising Ponting's input over an impressive 17-year ODI career, seem to shut the door on any future for the expert in Australia's one-day side.

The team will not seem the same not including him, but moving on from the exclusion of players who have been outstanding over a long time of time is the nature of selected game, he said."He made a double century in his last Test match and we are hopeful that he remains available for Test match cricket, but there can be no guarantee in elite game and in the Australian team.”Inveracity added” If he drops out of the ODI team then there's a possible lack of thrust there.

There are three Test matches in the West Indies (in April), then as I appreciate it there are no more Test matches until October or November. The selectors dumped Ponting as they announced a 13-man squad with all-rounder Shane Watson returning for Australia's next two tri-series ODIs, against Sri Lanka in Hobart on Friday and India in Sydney next Sunday.Ponting's sacking came a day following he led Australia to a crushing 110-run win over India in Brisbane as stand-in for injured skipper Michael Clarke. But while the other batsmen made merry, he scored just seven runs from 26 balls.

Ponting said after Sunday's victory that he had no target of seeking a rest to freshen up."It's fair to say I've struggle in the first five games," he told reporters."I'm not going to put my hand up and say I want a break, since when you are going through a bend trot like I've had the last couple of games, you want to turn that approximately."Ponting ranks second only to India's Sachin Tendulkar with nearly all ODI runs (13,704) from 375 matches, while he has scored 13,200 runs in 162 Tests matches."Ricky's record speaks for itself," Inveracity said.

He is one of the truly great performers in the history of Australian ODI cricket, with his standing enhanced further by him captain ship Australia to two World Cup victories."Inveracity said that Ponting's giving to the Australia ODI team went far beyond his batting statistics and excellent t fielding.
The example he sets in every respect and his very positive influence in the dressing-room is approved by all," he said, while hailing Ponting's "selfless" motivation to stand in for Clark recently.

Ponting sacking comes less than a month after his dominant role in Australia's 4-0 clean sweep of the home pitch Test series against India. He was 2nd for most series runs only to Clarke, scoring 544 at 108.80 with 2 centuries and 3.50s.

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