Arthur backs Ponting for Ashes

May 2, 2012 at 8:08 am Leave a comment

Australian head coach, Mickey Arthur, has played down talk suggesting that Ricky Ponting would struggle to maintain his place in the Test side until next year’s Ashes series.

The Aussie selectors for the one-day side have already overlooked the 37-year old, and many believe it is only a matter of time before Ponting’s Test career ends.

While Australia comfortably clinched a 2-0 series victory against the West Indies, last month, Ponting was not at his best, failing to contribute in the same way he had done with his 544 runs in the four Tests against India, earlier this year.

However, the batsman hit a half-century; it does seem a little premature to start questioning Ponting’s place in the team.

The former captain’s lack of runs in the Caribbean has prompted calls from some sections of the Aussie media for Ponting to be dropped from the side.

Head coach, Arthur, has rejected that idea, however, insisting Ponting still has an important part to play in this Test side’s future, especially as Australia try and reclaim the urn in next year’s Ashes series.

“I know there was a lot of media pressure and talk around Ricky, but Ricky’s not going anywhere”, Arthur said. “We hope Ricky’s scoring enough runs to go to the Ashes, most certainly, in England.

“Ricky’s still got a lot of Test runs in him; there’s no doubt about that. His form was always good, so no worries about Ricky Ponting at all.”

England are 8/13 favourites in the cricket odds to win the Ashes.


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