Ponting’s Place is Safe – Arthur

May 4, 2012 at 3:50 pm 2 comments

Ricky Ponting can sleep easy in the knowledge that his place in Australia’s Test squad for The Ashes 2013 is just about safe, according to coach, Mickey Arthur.

The 37-year-old put in a good shift in the recent successful tour of the Caribbean, against the West Indies, without getting over 57 in three Tests, and finishing the series the least prolific scorer of Australia’s top seven.

Michael Clarke said, that on the eve of the third and final Test in Dominica, that his team-mate was a big knock waiting to happen, but it never quite materialised, and Ponting returned to Australia with his tail between his legs.

The Tasmanian, a veteran of 165 Test matches, now has no cricket scheduled until October, when the domestic season resumes. Fans of live cricket online may be disappointed with Ponting’s barren calendar.

He must also find something like his vintage best form in the upcoming home Test series against South Africa and Sri Lanka, to be certain of his place in the squad, which will try turn the tables on old rivals, England, next year. Place a bet on Australian cricket ahead of this summer’s events.

“I know there was a lot of media pressure and talk around Ricky [in the West Indies], but Ricky’s not going anywhere”, Arthur told reporters. “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 still in him, there’s no doubt about that.”

Ponting’s otherwise distinguished career is pock-marked by three unwanted Ashes defeats, and Arthur intimated victory, next summer, could see the 13,364 Test run-scorer sign off on a high.

He added: “I thought Ricky was very unlucky [in the Caribbean]. He was always bubbling away. His form was always good, so no worries about Ricky Ponting at all. Ricky is definitely no way considering retiring, I wouldn’t have thought from my conversations with him, and he’ll be fit and ready to go against South Africa. I think if we win the Ashes, then maybe he’ll go out on the top of his game.”


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