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Ponting's career on the line?

2011-11-15 10:02

Cape Town – Former Cricket Australia selector, John Benaud says that former Australian cricket captain, Ricky Ponting should consider his future if his form does not improve soon.

Benaud, who was an Australian selector from 1988 - 1993, believes that Ponting should at least be granted the opportunity to prove himself again.

“The thing about Ricky is you hope like billy-o that he's not going to be pig-headed and say, 'I'm going to keep playing', and he's going to get dropped,'' Benaud told The Sydney Morning Herald’s website.

“If he is in terminal slide you don't want him playing against New Zealand in case he gets a couple of hundreds against someone who's a bit weak and then gets in against some class again and it's too much for him.”

Benaud went onto to say that Ponting should rather call it quits on his glittering career, which includes winning three CWC’s, rather than wait to be dropped by the national selection panel.

“Nobody wants a player of his talent and reputation to just get the chop. He's obviously got to play in this Test here but the new panel will be having a pretty close look, I would think.

“It would be sensible for Ricky to have a bit of a sit down and say to himself: 'Is this going to end in tears or do I really, really have the talent that I had five years ago? Maybe two years ago?

“I think the signs have been there a little while that he's been struggling a bit.” Benaud said.

Ponting is currently experiencing one of his worst slumps to date. He has averaged above 40 in just one of his past six Test series. He has not scored a century in his last 26 attempts in the Test arena.

“His form doesn't appear to be holding out much in the way of good news in the future,” Benaud said.

“Ricky just looks all at sea, that might be a bit harsh but he's not the player he was, as you would expect. I just think he runs the risk of it all ending in tears if he's not careful.”

Benaud criticised the prevalence of Twenty20 cricket for the recent dip in performances at Test level, saying that the characteristics required to play Test cricket cannot be taught in the limited overs form of the game. He maintained that although there is young talent coming through the Australian ranks, the future may not be all that rosy.

“We're talking a good game at the moment but to me there doesn't seem to be much substance attached to it,” Benaud said.

“To me, the cricketers just don't have that tough David Boon, Geoff Marsh, Mark Taylor-type grit about them. It seems to me around Australia at the moment we've got a bunch of very average first-class cricketers as far as the longer form of the game goes.”

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Comments
  • Caleb - 2011-11-15 10:19

    Ponting is and will always be class! I say he either retires or he plays first class cricket and fights for his place again. Ponting is a legend of the game :) Lots of Aussies look to him in terms of seniority in the side and the side has the mentality that when ponting does well, we can win...Clarke scored a hundered but everyone fell around him...when ponting does well , the team has actually stepped up it's game. If you take Ponting away then the question should be raised..."What happend to the aggressive australian cricketers of 12 years ago?"...Ponting is the last of that generation. No matter what Ponting = Class!

      Grant - 2011-11-15 11:32

      The problem is, with age creeping up on him, his mouth is getting a bit dry...so he cant spit into his own hands every 10 seconds anymore! Maybe the lack of gob on his hands affects his grip on the bat?? I think he should get his team-mates to spit into his hands for him...since they dont really use it for anything anyways??

  • The-third - 2011-11-15 10:35

    He is going to score a hundred at the Wanderers. Mark my words.

      Ian - 2011-11-15 11:07

      ya sure, he will be at the crease for a 100 seconds

  • wcslater - 2011-11-15 10:39

    Ponting maybe class but he NEVER walks when he knows he's out! He's not a good sportsman...

      Caleb - 2011-11-15 10:44

      :) 2nd chances! Amla does the same. You only walk unless the umpires says so. It happends to so many players

      Poen - 2011-11-15 11:17

      What's new in the Test arena? Some batsmen look at the umpire for a decision even after they have been clean bowled. Amla, who until recently walked immediately, seems to have been influenced by the rest of the "great Proteas batsmen" and does not walk immediately. Let's one think...!

      Gerald - 2011-11-15 13:38

      And you would hey? yeah right!

  • Ian - 2011-11-15 11:06

    we have so worked him out, steyn , morkel , and now vilander, they all have his number

  • Igenatius - 2011-11-15 11:10

    I don't know if you can write off this man. He has a huge amount of class, determination and a sensational technique. Just like the terminator, he will be back. He is also still one year younger than Tendulkar whom is still a run scoring MACHINE!

      Derek - 2011-11-15 11:31

      Does Tendulkar ever score big runs when his team really needs it? Chasing a 4th innings win, avoiding a follow on, setting a decleration totat etc Just asking.

  • Shirley - 2011-11-15 12:26

    Ponting is a brilliant cricketer theres no denying it. However of late his personality has spiralled downward along with his batting. He has developed a rather nasty disposition,

  • Sabiha - 2011-11-16 13:00

    I jst wonder out of the trio who will retire first as Pointing, kallis and tendulkar all competing to be the worlds best top batsman

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