Ponting’s captaincy faces its Waterloo

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MELBOURNE – Captain Ricky Ponting is the likely casualty if co-hosts India end Australia’s 12-year World Cup dominance in their Ahmedabad quarter-final on Thursday. Former players and pundits have been urging the stubborn Tasmanian to step down since the test side’s Ashes defeat to England on home soil in January. There were further calls for his resignation after the Australians lost to Pakistan in the World Cup group stages last Saturday. All-rounder Brendon Julian, who played 25 one-day matches for Australia, said on Wednesday that Ponting should quit the one-day game but remain as test captain. “He owes nothing more to one-day cricket…I think it’s an ideal time for him to step out of one-day cricket,” Julian told Fox Sports.