Ricky Ponting: Dropped after 13,704 runs and 30 centuries

By AFP
Published: February 21, 2012

The timing of Ponting’s ouster from the squad was quite bizarre, with the veteran having captained Australia to a convincing win over India just a day earlier. PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY: Former captain Ricky Ponting’s One-Day International (ODI) career appeared over after he was dropped from Australia’s team for the tri-nation series against India and Sri Lanka.

Chief selector John Inverarity said Ponting, who is second on the leading ODI run-scorers’ list, was axed because of poor form, which had seen him score just 18 runs in five knocks in the tri-nation series. But the chief selector, while praising Ponting’s contribution over a glittering 17-year ODI career, seemed to shut the door on any future for the veteran in Australia’s ODI side.

“The team won’t seem the same without him, but moving on from the omission of players who have been outstanding over a long period of time is the nature of elite sport,” said Inverarity.

The selectors dumped Ponting as they announced a 13-man squad with all-rounder Shane Watson returning for the next two ODIs. The former captain’s sacking came a day after he led Australia to a 110-run win over India as stand-in for injured skipper Michael Clarke. But the selectors signalled that time was up after his dismal run of late.

“Ponting has been dropped due to his lack of form in the five tri-series matches to date. His record speaks for itself. He’s one of the truly great performers in the history of Australian ODI cricket, with his reputation enhanced further by him captaining Australia to two World Cup victories.”

Test future in doubt as well

However, Inverarity said there were no guarantees Ponting would continue playing Test cricket either, and that the former captain was pondering his next steps.

“He’s going to consider his future over the next couple of days and my guess is he’ll be giving a press conference in the next two or three days,” he said. “If he drops out of the ODI team then there’s a possible lack of momentum. There are three Tests in the West Indies in April but nothing until October or November after that.”

Ponting will be addressing a press conference in Sydney today. His sacking comes less than a month after his dominant role in Australia’s 4-0 clean sweep of the Test series against India. He scored 544 at 108.8 with two centuries, second only to Clarke’s tally for the series.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 21st, 2012.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Zeffos
    Feb 21, 2012 - 7:16AM

    Professionalism at its best. Sadly here in Pakistan, we bring back senior players not because they’re scoring runs but just because the’re ‘seniors’. Such a shame

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  • Team Green
    Feb 21, 2012 - 9:19AM

    thats what makes Australia world’s best team and not just a good team… but here in Pakistan unfortunately we still keep Farhat’s & Malik’s in team at the cost of immensely talented youngsters sitting in dug out hoping that one day they too will get a chance. take a note PCB!!!

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  • THE
    Feb 21, 2012 - 12:10PM

    I really don’t understand why we have selectors like Illyas in PCB, the only thing he’s good at is selecting his son-in-law again and again. I think we need people in the selection board who can make decision like the Australians did with Pointing. We cannot be a good team, let again be no. 1 etc if we have people like Farhat, Malik and Cheema in the team.

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  • Aristo
    Feb 21, 2012 - 2:52PM

    Ponting was a treat to watch when in full-form. Unfortunately, time is up for an end to his illustrious career. I, still vaguely, remember, when he arrived on the international circuit, he showed all the signs to evolve into such a master batsman.

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  • Mohammad
    Feb 21, 2012 - 8:52PM

    An amazing player !!!

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