Ponting won’t quit
EMBATTLED skipper Ricky Ponting has not ruled out leading the side to the 2013 Ashes as Australian cricket lurches towards a leadership showdown.
Australia’s preparation for today’s sudden-death World Cup quarter-final with India was rocked by a British report claiming Ponting would r e s i g n i f t he t hr e e - t i me champions crashed at the Sardar Patel Stadium. But after emphatically quashing the speculation yesterday, a defiant Ponting vowed to fight on and said it was not the ‘‘ right time’’ for him to be axed in favour of longserving Michael Clarke.
‘‘ If Cricket Australia or the selectors believe there is someone out there to captain any team I play in, so be it,’’ he said. ‘‘ I haven’t thought much about that. I’ve got enough to think about with the World Cup campaign coming towards the pointy end to not be distracted by things I can’t control.
‘‘ Right now, maybe ( playing on until the 2013 Ashes) is a realistic thing,’’ he said ahead of today’s do-or-die World Cup clash.
‘‘ I was asked about that when I got back in 2009 and I said because of the bad memories of leaving The Oval, it would be nice to get back and have some good ones.
‘‘ As far as the way my body is feeling and how much I’m enjoying my cricket, then I’d love to be able to do that.
‘‘ But I need to be good enough to do it, which is what I’ve always ( qualified) it with.
‘‘ I’ve got to be playing well enough and scoring the runs you score as an international player to give yourself a chance to be picked.
‘‘ There are other players around the world at my age who are doing it well and doing it regularly, so there is some ambition for me to get back to the way I want to play.’’