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Ponting dropped from ODIs

2012-02-20 07:27

Sydney - Former captain Ricky Ponting was dropped from Australia's team for the tri one-day series against India and Sri Lanka, selectors said on Monday.

Chief selector John Inverarity said Ponting, the second all-time leading runscorer in ODIs, was axed because of his poor batting form and likely ending his 17-year one-day international career.

Ponting, 37, said earlier that he wanted to battle through his current batting slump after scoring just 18 runs in five knocks in the tri-series for a meagre average of 3.60.

But selectors moved on Ponting as they announced a 13-man squad for Australia's next two tri-series ODIs against Sri Lanka in Hobart on Friday and India in Sydney next Sunday.

Questions had been raised about Ponting continuing on in the Australia team following his lean run in the tri-series where he had failed to reach double figures in any of his innings.

Ponting had captained Australia in their last two ODIs in the injury absence of Michael Clarke, who returns from a strained hamstring to again take over the captaincy.

"Ricky Ponting has been dropped from the squad due to his lack of form in the five tri-series matches to date," Inverarity said in announcing the squad.

"The team will not 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."

Ponting ranks second only to Sachin Tendulkar with most ODI runs (13,704) from 375 matches, while he has played 162 Tests.

"Ricky’s record speaks for itself," Inverarity said. "He is 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."

The Australia squad named on Monday for the tri one-day series internationals against Sri Lanka in Hobart on February 24 and against India in Sydney on February 26:

Michael Clarke (captain), Shane Watson (vice-captain), Dan Christian, Xavier Doherty, Peter Forrest, Ryan Harris, Ben Hilfenhaus, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Brett Lee, Clint McKay, Matthew Wade, David Warner

AFP

Comments
  • Gavin - 2012-02-20 08:00

    Brave Decision. Go focus on your Test batting now Ricky.

      Gunner - 2012-02-20 09:43

      Not really...He has been poor in this series...good to see Watson is back...

      Sedick - 2012-02-20 10:14

      Agree Gavin. That is why Australia has been the leading cricket nation over the years. They are not afraid to drop big name players who are out of form - unlike SA who carry players based on their past (way past) glories.....

  • Brendan - 2012-02-20 08:26

    South Africa can learn from thius and drop Smith for Levi

      Shaun Robinson - 2012-02-20 08:40

      @Brendon - Bud, Levi did brilliantly but don't you think putting to much pressure on him now might make him fold? Smith still has what it takes I just think he needs to focus again. Imagine having them both in the side both firing!!! WOW

      Jason - 2012-02-20 09:03

      The problem with Levi's inning is the ground was soo small and with his power miss hits where going over the boundary that on other ground wouldn't have. It was a wonderful innings but he has a long way to go... just look at Bosman he did a very similar thing to Levi and a couple of years later he isn't on the selectors radar.

      Caleb - 2012-02-20 09:18

      Bosman was not 24 when he entered the side and Levi has a promising future ahead of him in the SA squad not just ODI.

  • zaakiro - 2012-02-20 09:29

    With regards to Levi....Consistency is the key in any sport, if he can prove his capable over a period of time in various conditions, he could prove to be very successful. David Warner started off very similarly, and he went on to breakthrough in all formats with excellent results. At the end of the day it's how his managed, some say the selectors should keep him in NZ for the ODI's other's feel differently, i think Gary is now experienced enough to make the correct decision based both on what the team needs, and what the players requires. There's often a kill buzz when players come out and just "wow" us in their first couple games, sometimes the pressure could really take them down, others rise up and continue... I hope Levi is amongst the latter, he looks physically strong, looks ambitious but skilled at the same time...personally I'd leave him out of the ODI's, let him return for the T20 Challenge with the Cobras and let him prepare himself for the WorldT20 later this year.

  • Hugh - 2012-02-21 10:54

    Form is temporary, talent is forever. You were a pleasure to watch and you're presence will be missed, even by this SAffa. Thanks for the entertainment for the past 20 yrs. Good luck with your future Ponting.

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