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Ponting being 'self-indulgent'

2012-02-22 09:07

Sydney - Ricky Ponting is being self-indulgent and should have retired from Test cricket as well as the one-day game, former Australian paceman Geoff Lawson said on Wednesday.

But others, including former skipper Allan Border, backed the 37-year-old's decision to continue playing.

Ponting, cricket's second-highest one-day scorer, was dumped from the limited overs side after 17 years this week but vowed on Tuesday to fight on in the Test team.

Lawson, a former coach of Pakistan, said that if Ponting wanted to go out on a high, as he has indicated, then he should go now.

"I thought the press conference was one of the most self-indulgent little pieces of self interest I've seen for a long time," Lawson, who played 79 ODIs and 46 Tests for Australia, told Sky Sports Radio.

"I listened very intently to it and there was a lot of 'I' ... 'I this' and 'I' that' and 'how I'm good for the team' and I'm really annoyed by it.

"I just thought it was incredibly self-indulgent. Maybe Ricky needed it but I don't think the team needed it.

"He said he wanted to go out on top. Well, he just made a double hundred in the Test match (in Adelaide last month). The only way he can go now is down."

But Border, who played 156 Tests, disagreed, saying Ponting remained a "walk-up start" to Australia's Test side given a lack of young batting depth.

"I'm always reluctant to push these guys into retirement when they're not quite ready because we haven't got those four or five young players pushing these guys," Border told foxsports.com.au.

"Ricky Ponting at his absolute best is a walk-up start. Ricky Ponting a little bit below his best is still heaps better than a lot of the young guys that we've got going around.

"He's got that passion for the game and the passion for the effort that goes in behind the scenes that people don't see. And while he thinks he can do it all, why not keep going?"

Ponting's ODI sacking came less than a month after his commanding role in Australia's 4-0 clean sweep of the home Test series against India, when he scored 544 runs at 108.80 with two centuries and three 50s.

He is now looking to extend his 162-Test career in the West Indies in April.

Fast bowler Brett Lee called Ponting a "great ambassador" for cricket and said he would be sorely missed in the one-day dressing room.

"Ricky Ponting has been a wonderful teammate, he has been a great ambassador for the game and a brilliant cricketer, almost akin to Sachin Tendulkar," Lee told reporters.

"The dressing room will seem quiet and empty now without him. It's quite a weird feeling actually to think that he won't be around in one day cricket, because he has always been there."

While axed from the international one-day team, Ponting will continue playing the format for Tasmania and was Wednesday named in their 13-man squad for South Australia on Saturday.

AFP

Comments
  • Yvette - 2012-02-22 09:47

    I don't like the Aussies, but Ricky Ponting is too good a batsman to retire from Tests now. can't help but wonder how many people in the Aussie cricket admin have it in for him.

      Grant - 2012-02-22 11:54

      There's few sportsmen I dislike more than Ponting, but I agree with Border! If there were youngsters pushing for a place, and Ponting wasn't up to scratch, then yes - drop him. But Ponting hasn't been bad of late, and there are no BETTER replacements, so no need to drop him. Also, dropping him without prior warning/discussion is just in bad taste. They made the same mistake when they dumped Hayden. Poor form, but I still hate Ponting! :P

  • Gary - 2012-02-22 10:21

    Good bye Ricking Poncing - Farewell, cheers, totsiens,lekker slaap, F-Off!

      Gungets - 2012-02-22 10:45

      Classy Gary, Classy. Kingswood turn out a lot of fine citizens like you?

  • graydon.meneses - 2012-02-22 11:06

    Every team captain has detractors, and Ponting has his share. Whether you like him or not, he's always been an extraordinary player and a very successful captain. imo he's still good enough for ODI and test cricket, and i bet every one of the top ten sides will be breathing sighs of relief about not having to try get him out in Tests anymore (even Harbajan).

      Kenneth - 2012-02-22 12:03

      He is very good, but its time for him to say good bye. The youngsters need the chance to prove themselves.Ponting did very well against India,time to go now.He must think whats best for Aussie cricket-not himself.

  • Kenneth - 2012-02-22 12:01

    I completely disagree with Border.You wont have youngsters to challenge if you dont give them a chance.The are a couple of youngsters already making good in the Aussie team.I agree with Lawson. Ponting should go now. After a great series against India,it can only go down hill from here.Ponting is being to selfish and not thinking about the whats best for Australin Cricket.Go Ponting,before its too late.

  • Raeez - 2012-02-22 12:10

    Geoff who? :S Ponting scored BIG runs in the last test series against India. If he stays in this type of form id pick him even if hes 40

  • cjamneck - 2012-02-23 19:23

    O did i love to hate him...still do...but the man could play...and still can...no matter what people say,when Ricky Ponting walks out to bat you get this "o SH*T " feelling that if he gets going there will be trouble.... i'll pick him above some "players" in the SA test team any day! Lets just leave it there.... Proteas will win the test series in NZ...and the ODI's...just thought i'll mention that...so no stress!

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