Four More Years

November 19, 2009 at 12:40 pm Leave a comment

Ricky Ponting wants to go back to England for the 2013 Ashes Tour. If he goes he will be 38.5 years old. Will he be able to contribute in the same manner as he has done for the rest of his career? Can he compete at such an advanced age?

If the Australian side was a different one in 2009 then it will be completely different again in 2013. Off the bat you can expect that none of Stuart Clark, Michael Hussey, Simon Katich will be there. By then, they will all be on the wrong side of 30. Michael Clarke will be four years older and his injuries could be four years worst by then.

Yes you can expect some good cricketers to replace these players but the recent trend is that the level of the replacements hasn’t been level to the players they have been replacing. Gone are the days when you can call up a Michael Kasprowicz or Darren Lehmann and they will have a seamless transition. There are no more Colin Millers or Andy Bichels who can just fill the breach. Now you have Cameron White, Bryce McGain and Chris Rogers. Ok players but not real test calibre.

Ponting is going for personal reasons. “I more than hope [to return]. I’ve got to give myself every possible chance and opportunity to be there [in 2013],” he said.
“I’ve got too many bad memories from The Oval not to finish my career with some good ones.
“I’ll give it a great shake. If I’m good then all well and good, and if I’m not, then I wish the next bloke all the best as he tries to do it.”
Is his motivation selfish? Possibly but you would hope that the selectors wouldn’t be picking him based on sentimental reasons.

In addition to this, the selectors must find Ponting a viable spin bowler, possibly two. They were only able to get away with it for so long but were then badly caught out at the Oval. To have to rely on Marcus North as your primary spinner was laughable had it not been so serious. Nathan Hauritz is ok but he wouldn’t be up there in your five best spin bowlers currently going around in world cricket. Cricket betting doesn’t have that much confidence on Hauritz being back in four years time.

It won’t be smooth sailing for England either. They will need to find a replacement for Andrew Flintoff who although didn’t contribute that much in the last series made an impact when he did.

David Wiseman writes for this blog. He also writes about greyhound betting.


Entry filed under: Australia, England.

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