Sacking Ponting was 'tough'

2012-02-23 09:06

Sydney - Australian captain Michael Clarke has said he was partly responsible for the sacking of former skipper Ricky Ponting from the one-day squad.

Clarke wrote about how difficult the decision had been in a newspaper column on Thursday, while adding that the 37-year-old Ponting remained a "huge part of our test team."

"I'm 100 per cent part of the selection panel - that's part now of the captain's job," he wrote in a New Ltd column. "We've made this decision as a panel.

"It is tough not having the great Ricky Ponting out there... playing one-day cricket for us but that's the decision we've made."

Clarke replaced Ponting as captain after England completed a 3-1 Ashes series win on Australian soil in January last year, becoming part of the national side's selection panel.

Ponting's axing from the one-day side earlier this week as Australia build for the 2015 World Cup triggered fierce debate in the country.

Without peer in the 50-overs game, Ponting has racked up 13,704 runs in 375 matches at an average of 42, also winning three World Cups in his 17-year career, two as skipper.

After accepting his one-day international career was over, Ponting said he would continue in Test cricket and hoped to play in the 2013 Ashes.

His test place had also been under pressure at the end of last year but he responded with 544 runs at an average of 108 as hosts Australia whitewashed India 4-0.


  • Peter - 2012-02-23 09:25

    Ja, I must admit, Punter is/was a great player and although I didn't always like his on-field persona he will go down as one of the greatest players ever. I'm sure his opponents are quite happy with his exclusion. Wonder why Pup said this - was there some speculation that Mickey Arthur made the decision himself?

      Bob - 2012-02-23 11:36

      Peter, 100% agree, Punter is a legend, I think saying he has been "sacked" is a bit heavy considering the success he brought to the Aussie side, bit kinder to say dropped or retired.

  • janbuzzie - 2012-02-23 09:28

    At 37, Ponting should call it a day, less he be sacked from test cricket as well. Get out on a high, rather.

  • Grace - 2012-02-23 09:47

    Someone's got to do it ! Now, who has the nerve to do the same for Graeme Smith, she asks, innocently ?

      Hallo - 2012-02-23 09:59

      More like stupidly. He is still one of our best batsmen. Stats dont lie

      Trevor - 2012-02-23 10:51

      @ hallo his averages have beedn dropping consistantly since 2008 the only reason his averages remain good his the brilliance of his ealy career ! stats dont lie

      Pete - 2012-02-23 10:52

      previous stats don't necessarily mean that anyone, including Smith,is currently the best person to include in any team. new guys like Levi and De lange didn't have much of a stat record, but their inclusion into the shorter forms has been highly successful. Smith is still a class act, who perhaps needs to be considered further down the order, rather than booted out.

      Hugh - 2012-02-23 12:06

      @hello, and so was Ponting their best batsman. Dropped for being out of form, unlike our Smith, who is glued into the sqad whether he scores runs or not? Get over his battng averages, he isnt there anymore. what makes him a demigod?

  • Mike - 2012-02-23 13:07

    Ponting's average in the last test series against India isn't a very good indication of his current ability because they had a very week bowling attack on that tour due to injuries. I suggest he would struggle more against England or SA.

  • Doc - 2012-02-23 13:28

    Always very talented, but not a captains ass I'm afraid. Once the legends (Warne, McGrath, Hayden, Gilchrist and that group) left he could never really inspire his charges and Australia became just another team. In fact his own game suffered once they left which leads me to believe that they more than him were the true inspirations.

      Sedick - 2012-02-24 09:38

      And winning 2 WCs as captain? 80%+ Test winning record? Smith/Hansie/Pollock could not win 1 with all the talent that they had....Gibbs, Kallis, Pollock, Donald, Amla, Devilliers, Smith, Morkels, etc. One has to be objective and give credit where it is due.....

  • coolshoesouthafrica - 2012-02-23 16:14

    Why wait to be sacked when you can retire with people remembering how good you are? Legend but should of quite 6 months ago I like the way Gilly did it, missed a catch and thought hey I am not where I used to be so stepped down before his high standards dropped even more

  • Antoine - 2012-02-24 08:00

    A quick question to you guys who are chosen to hire and fire people, If you did a quick survey of your personal stats and effectiveness in business and daily lives, would you consider being put out to pasture, early retirement or being fired. You know it is tuff in sport, i am just wondering if we would use the same processes on the way we operate daily? Just a thought!

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