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Ponting gives up captaincy

SYDNEY – Ricky Ponting quit as Australia’s Test and one-day captain Tuesday, bowing to pressure after their World Cup exit, but said he hoped to extend his career as his country’s most prolific batsman. Ponting, 36, who led Australia in more than 300 Test and one-day matches, insisted there was no “tap on the shoulder” to step down and said he remained available for selection.
He endorsed deputy Michael Clarke as his successor. “I have thought long and hard about what Australian

Ponting steps down as captain

SYDNEY – Ricky Ponting, the most successful captain in 134 years of test cricket, resigned as the Australian test and one-day skipper but aims to continue playing the game at the highest level.
The 36-year-old had led Australia in one day internationals since 2002 and tests since 2004, a period encompassing his country’s absolute domination of world cricket and steady decline after the retirement of a golden generation of players.
With Cricket Australia under pressure to

Ponting to decide future in ‘next few days’

MELBOURNE – Ricky Ponting said on Sunday he will decide his international future over the next few days, but insisted he still has a lot to offer Australian cricket. The captain’s return home after Australia’s World Cup quarter-final elimination by India corresponds with calls for his replacement as Australia’s Test and one-day skipper.
Ponting, whose captaincy has been under attack since Australia’s Ashes series debacle against England in January, scored a fighting 104 but it

Ponting ‘devastated’ as Aussie reign ends

AHMEDABAD – Australia captain Ricky Ponting was devastated by the end of his side’s 12-year reign as world champions, but found comfort in making a century in his World Cup swansong. Ponting’s 104 was the cornerstone of Australia’s 260 for six, an innings that also featured 53 from opener Brad Haddin and a brisk unbeaten 38 from the recalled David Hussey.
But it was not enough with India, roared on by a capacity crowd of more than 42,000, making 261 for five thanks mainly to an

Ponting overburdened, says Buchanan

MELBOURNE – Ricky Ponting has been overburdened as Australian captain and let down by people in leadership roles, former coach John Buchanan said on Friday.
Buchanan, who coached Australia to World Cup triumphs in 2003 and 2007, said the country’s cricket leaders had put too much responsibility on to Ponting’s shoulders. “Ricky still has an incredible amount to offer Australian cricket, but at the same stage he has to be in the right frame of mind to do that,” Buchanan said.

Ponting to carry on as player

AHMEDABAD – Ricky Ponting has said he would be continuing as an international cricketer despite the champions’ exit from the World Cup. “What did I tell you the other day? Nothing’s changed,” said Ponting after the five-wicket defeat to the co-hosts in the quarter-finals. Ponting, who made a century on Thursday, went into the match with serious question marks over his future. Having presided over an Ashes defeat, his side have now been deposed as three-time defending World Cup

Ponting shines as Australia post up 260

AHMEDABAD – Ricky Ponting smashed his 30th ODI century to return to form and power Australia to 260-6 against India in the second World Cup quarter-final on Thursday.
Ponting (104) won a good toss on a slow, turning track at the Sardar Patel Stadium where he reckoned 250 would be a good total.
He and Brad Haddin (53) then ensured the total exceeded his expectations.
Yuvraj Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin and Zaheer Khan claimed two wickets apiece as India used seven

Aussies to launch pace attack against India

AHMEDABAD – Australian skipper Ricky Ponting reckons his batsmen know what to expect in World Cup quarter-final, just as their Indian counterparts know what awaits them.
Ponting on Wednesday made it amply clear that the four-times champions would employ their time-tested formula of unleashing raw pace against the Indian batsmen, most known for their perennial discomfort against short and rising deliveries.
At the same time, Ponting expects India to play to their strength as

We must learn from Pakistan defeat, warns Ponting

COLOMBO – Ricky Ponting warned Australia on Sunday that the defending champions must learn the harsh lessons of their shattering defeat to Pakistan if they want to stay in the World Cup.
Australia lost by four wickets to Shahid Afridi’s men, a defeat which ended their 34-match unbeaten streak in the tournament stretching back to the 1999 edition. It could also mean they face a titanic struggle against India in the quarter-finals.
Australia went down by four wickets in a

Ponting proud of unbeaten run

COLOMBO – Ricky Ponting said Australia were proud of their unbeaten World Cup run, but warned the defending champions were facing their first big challenge against Pakistan on Saturday. “We are very proud of our record in World Cups, there’s no doubt about that,” said Ponting of Australia’s unbeaten 34-match streak which started after their 10-run defeat against Pakistan at Leeds in 1999. Since then Australia have won three World Cups, the last two under Ponting, who has yet to lose a

Ponting happy with Tait’s wayward brilliance

BANGALORE – Australia captain Ricky Ponting is prepared to tolerate Shaun Tait’s waywardness if the fast bowler keeps taking wickets at the World Cup. Tait, who now restricts himself to one-day matches after an injury-plagued career, has a ‘slingshot’ action which can be hard for batsmen to face.
But he can also be way off target too. Tait’s career was arguably encapsulated in champions Australia’s group win over New Zealand in Nagpur where his first over-and-a-half cost 19 runs,

Ponting not worried over spinners’ performance

BANGALORE – Australia captain Ricky Ponting insisted he was unconcerned by his wicketless spinners after the defending champions toiled to beat Kenya and reach the World Cup quarter-finals. Australia won by 60 runs, but Kenya batted out their full 50 overs in a painstaking encounter to reach 264 for six in reply to 324 for six. It was the Africans’ highest total of the tournament, comfortably suprassing the 198 they made in their five-wicket defeat to Canada.
While Kenya’s

Box broke TV, not bat, says Ponting

NAGPUR – Australia captain Ricky Ponting said it was his box and not his bat which damaged a World Cup dressing room television set. Ponting accepted an International Cricket Council reprimand after he reacted angrily to being run out in his team’s 91-run win over Zimbabwe in Ahmedabad on Monday. But he insisted on Thursday that the incident had been blown wildly out of proportion. “Just to clarify, the television wasn’t hit by me with my bat at all, it was hit by my box that I’d

Ponting reprimanded over TV smash

NEW DELHI – Australia skipper Ricky Ponting was on Wednesday reprimanded by the International Cricket Council after he smashed a dressing room television set during a World Cup tie. The ICC said that Ponting had accepted the charge under the code of conduct which relates to “abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during an international match”.
Match referee Roshan Mahanama said: “Ricky knows that his action was in breach of the code,

Ponting relishes World Cup duel with Tendulkar

BANGALORE – Australia captain Ricky Ponting is relishing the opportunity of another batting duel with India’s Sachin Tendulkar in what will probably be their last World Cup. Ponting, 36, the tournament’s second most prolific batsman behind Tendulkar, said he had always enjoyed playing against the world’s leading runs scorer in test and one-day cricket.
“There is no bigger stage than a World Cup for all of us to stand up and perform well,” Ponting told a news conference on

Ponting returns to nets, Ferguson in for Marsh

SYDNEY – Australia captain Ricky Ponting made a return to training on Tuesday as he bids to be fit in time for the World Cup, while batsmen Callum Ferguson was rushed into the squad for the final two one-day internationals against England.
Ponting broke his finger during the Boxing Day test and was forced to have surgery. He has missed the entire one-day series against England, which Australia have already sealed 4-1 with their 51-run victory in Brisbane on Sunday.