Ponting targets Proteas series

2012-04-22 18:28
Ricky Ponting (File)

Roseau - Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting said on Sunday he has no intention of calling time on his Test career and was looking forward to taking on bitter rivals South Africa later this year.

The 37-year-old, who has already quit one-day internationals, has struggled for runs on the current Caribbean tour with scores of four, 14, seven and 41 prompting some to predict that the third Test against the West Indies could be his last.

But Ponting, fired up by an impressive home series against India where he scored 544 runs in four Tests against India, at an average of 108.80, is adamant he still has a role to play.

"My love for the game and passion and desire to play and be successful hasn't changed," said Ponting on the eve of the final Test which starts at Windsor Park on Monday.

"Even when things were really tough a few months ago, all I wanted to do was try to give myself the best chance to be able to play well again.

"I felt I got there through the summer and I feel like I'm batting really well at the moment. I've still got a few things I want to achieve and a few games of cricket I want to be a part of and win for Australia.

"As long as I feel I can play a role winning games of cricket for Australia I'll continue to do it. I'm enjoying it as much as ever and probably working harder than ever on my game."

Captain Michael Clarke also gave his backing to the 164-Test veteran who has piled up 13 266 runs in his career.

"He's hitting the ball well, probably hasn't got that big score that he'd like but none of us have. Conditions haven't been great for making big hundreds," Clarke told

"If you wanted to make runs here you had to bat for a hell of a long time, and need a bit of luck as well along the way. Ricky's one of the guys that has put the team above himself and sacrificed his wicket or tried to take the game forward because we've needed to, to try and help us win the game."

Read more on:    ricky ponting  |  cricket

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

SuperBru Super Rugby challenge

Enter and challenge Sport24's staff!


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Proteas batsman AB de Villiers has ruled himself out of the upcoming Test series against New Zealand and England and Bangladesh. Should he just retire?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.