Ponting’s last over?

2012-02-20 09:40

Sydney – Ricky Ponting was dropped from the Australia team because of poor form with selectors indicating a possible end to the career of the second most prolific batsman of all time in one-day internationals.

The 37-year-old, who captained Australia until last year’s World Cup (co-hosted by Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka) and took over as temporary skipper for the last two one-dayers in the absence of the injured Michael Clarke, made just 18 runs in five matches in the Tri-series against India and Sri Lanka.

“Ricky Ponting has been dropped from the Tri-series,” chief selector John Inverarity said. “The door is never closed but it’s a strong indication that we have the 2015 World Cup firmly in mind.

“I spoke to Ricky this morning and he was disappointed but he took it on the chin. He’s a gem of a man.”

Inverarity said Ponting would take time to decide on his future and may opt to retire from one-dayers, adding that he hoped Ponting would remain available for Test cricket.

All-rounder Shane Watson, sidelined for three months by injury, returned to the 13-man squad for the one-dayers against Sri Lanka in Hobart on Friday and India in Sydney on Sunday.

» Team: Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Dan Christian, Xavier Doherty, Peter Forrest, Ryan Harris, Ben Hilfenhaus, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Brett Lee, Clint McKay, Matthew Wade and David Warner.

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