The axe has finally fallen on the illustrious career of Ricky Ponting, Australia’s greatest ever one-day international batsman, after he was dropped from the one-day squad yesterday.
At a press conference in Sydney today Ponting declared his one-day career to be over but he will continue to play Test cricket for the foreseeable future.
“If I’d have continued to score runs I wouldn’t be dropped, I’m my own selector,” he said.
“The reason I am disappointed is because I love playing one-day cricket but I am not bitter.”
Ponting played 375 one-day matches, 230 as captain, for Australia and scored nearly 14,000 runs with nearly twice as many centuries as Australia’s next best batter.
The move to drop Ponting comes after the 37-year-old got off a great start to the year during the four-game Test series against India where he produced a number of spectacular innings. In the Tri-Series one-day internationals against India and Sri Lanka since, he hasen’t come close to that type of production and had scored single digits in each of the five games.
His axing has caused rabid speculation as to whether he will now call it quits altogether and walk away from the Test side. Ponting is described as being an extremely proud man and wouldn’t likely want to face a similar exit from the Test side.
The Ashes are still a year and a half away and while Ponting would most likely wish to finish his career playing one final series against England, it seems unlikely he’ll continue to produce for that amount of time. The man faces immense media scrutiny every time he lines up at the crease and inturn has become a big target for opposition bowlers.