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I won’t captain Test team, says Ponting

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    Ricky Ponting isn’t expecting a return to the Test captaincy if Michael Clarke’s injury problems rule him out of any of the West Indies series.

    Ponting replaced Clarke as captain of the one-day side for two matches of the recently completed tri-series with regular vice-captain Shane Watson unavailable.

    Clarke’s hamstring injury has ruled him out of the Caribbean one-day series, which takes place before the Tests get underway in Barbados on April 7.

    “I stepped away for a reason and I don’t think they’d go back there,” Ponting said after making a hundred for Tasmania in the Sheffield Shield match against Western Australia on Friday.

    “Shane Watson’s stepped up and obviously won a one-day final last night.

    “I think that’s the way they’d go.

    “The only reason I probably captained those one-day games when I did was because Shane was out of the side.

    “We’ll wait and see what happens but I would imagine that Pup (Clarke) would be right for the Test matches in the Caribbean anyway.”

    Clarke’s injury is worse than first thought but medical staff are hopeful he will be right for the three-Test series.

    Ponting stepped down as skipper of the Test and one-day sides in March last year.

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    • March 10th 2012 @ 11:42am
      Swampy said | March 10th 2012 @ 11:42am | ! Report

      Normally expecting some vitriol from redkev in this comments section…

      Common theme through the summer has been how Ponting should have been dropped. Common counter argument was who was putting their hand up at domestic level.

      Well after finally being dropped Ponting has gone back to domestic and scored piles of runs which leads to 2 answers. Ponting is still among our best batsmen and averaging 65 at shield level should carry less weight than some people thought.

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      • March 10th 2012 @ 1:26pm
        Disco said | March 10th 2012 @ 1:26pm | ! Report

        I’d have thought the team would have gained more from Khawaja getting the opportunities that Ponting had this summer. Perhaps Khawaja would’ve scored heavily against India and now be an integral member if the side instead of battling confidence issues after being shoved aside.

        Let’s see what the Ponting does against a decent Test attack before falling back on “I told you so” as if it were a fact. After all Ponting’s two years of mediocrity is no myth.

        • March 10th 2012 @ 9:18pm
          Superd said | March 10th 2012 @ 9:18pm | ! Report

          You must be joking. Khawaja has failed miserably since going back to the Shield and never really looked the part in the Test side. Added to his mediocre batting is his average fielding.

          Ponting’s record speaks for itself. So he’s not as good as 5-10 years ago. Still, if he played with his little toe he would be better than Khawaja.

          • March 11th 2012 @ 3:43am
            pope paul v11 said | March 11th 2012 @ 3:43am | ! Report

            Irrelevant. if the selectors, not you, because Ponting is one of the best, had an eye for the future, they would be backing the next generation. Huss was no 5 in old Ceylon, now he’s six. Similarly the great Punter is 4, where he needed to be for him but they are both in survival mode. It is no coincidence that wickets are fiesty. it’s rained. The last three summers reflect that . The previous decade and a bit it was dry as. Disco is being kind. Apart from that look at the run past aussie selectors gave some of there players over there decades, Some get flyers, most str uggle.
            I’m tired of the Khawaja never looked like it view. He played a major part in a fourth innings win chasing 310. What do you want? And what is this can’t field crap ?. You or i could have taken some of the short leg dollys Cowan took. Anyway, Khawaja and probably the hapless Marshy should both go to the West Indies, particularly if Clarkey is injured.

            • March 11th 2012 @ 10:08pm
              Superd said | March 11th 2012 @ 10:08pm | ! Report

              You’re tired of the never looked the part view? Mate, it’s about scoring runs and getting starts is not good enough. I agree that he has a bit of style but he ain’t Ponting, especially in the field and he never will be.

              He’s not scoring in the Shield at the moment so forget about him. Let him have a season in county cricket where he can score a lazy 1,000 runs, get his confidence back and then see how he goes at the start of next season. If he is up to it he’ll respond to being dropped and become a better player. If I was coaching I would get him to stop hitting good shots straight to fielders, learn to rotate the strike and become more athletic in the field.

          • March 11th 2012 @ 4:31am
            AndyMack said | March 11th 2012 @ 4:31am | ! Report

            Bit quick to write Khawaja off there Superd. I think most learned judges thought he did look the part. He has been treated fairly shabbily, and its no surprise he is now struggling. For the first time in his career he cant get some runs. He will be back.

            But on Punter, very happy for him to be scoring runs again, hope it continues, but agree he should not be captain again, lets move on in that regard, if indeed it is an issue.

          • March 11th 2012 @ 11:02am
            Disco said | March 11th 2012 @ 11:02am | ! Report

            As I said, Khawaja wasn’t given the opportunity and his confidence was dented. Ponting was backed to the hilt (despite a two-year ‘slump’) and he rediscovered some measure of mojo against a crap Indian attack.

            • March 11th 2012 @ 11:40am
              jamesb said | March 11th 2012 @ 11:40am | ! Report

              Disco I agree.

              dropping Khawaja from the test side has dented his confidence. He still makes starts, getting 20s in shield cricket, so he is not failing.

              But if the selectors had faith in Khawaja, like they did in Ponting and S.Marsh, theres a good chance Khawaja would’ve made the number 3 his own by now

      • March 11th 2012 @ 3:15am
        pope paul v11 said | March 11th 2012 @ 3:15am | ! Report

        Swampy Marsh?

    • March 10th 2012 @ 12:18pm
      Brendon said | March 10th 2012 @ 12:18pm | ! Report

      Totally agree!!! Does it mean that pointing is beating the door down bye scoring runs in shield cricket????

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    • March 10th 2012 @ 2:24pm
      Pillock said | March 10th 2012 @ 2:24pm | ! Report

      Good on Ricky for saying he should not be captain.
      Hopefully the selectors take note and do the right thing and pick someone else.

    • March 10th 2012 @ 5:27pm
      Swampy said | March 10th 2012 @ 5:27pm | ! Report

      There is no doubt Ponting was out of form in the test arena. I don’t deny that at all. What I am pointing out is there was probably no adequate replacement based on what Ponting has since achieved in domestic cricket. It appears the selectors actually made the right decision in sticking with someone who had previously proved himself at test level versus someone who hadn’t.
      We won the Indian series which surely is the objective at all times – to win the current match.
      There is no world cup of test cricket or Olympics that serves as a pinnacle of the sport. Hence there is no point on picking or planning for the future. Pick the best team available in the present.

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