Ponting ponders his future as Australian captain
RICKY Ponting has until tomorrow to consider his Australian captaincy future.
Cricket Australia expect to name their touring squad today for a brief tour of Bangladesh, a CA spokesmen said yesterday. Ponting, 36, returned to Australia following the World Cup in an introspective mood, saying he’s considering his future.
‘‘ I’ll have the opportunity over the next couple of days to reflect on where things are headed for me and certainly what direction I feel things are heading for the betterment of Australian cricket,’’ the Test and one-day skipper said at the weekend. ‘‘. . . I have to really decide what I think is right for me and the team going forward.’’
Australia play three one-day matches against Bangladesh on April 9, April 11 and April 13, with Ponting previously saying he wanted to lead the tour.
But on the weekend Ponting hinted he could quit as captain, saying he was prepared to play on under Michael Clarke’s leadership and bat anywhere in the order.
‘‘ I see myself as a leader around the group, simple as that, whether I’m captain or not I still think I’ve got a lot to offer as far as leadership qualities go,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, opening quick bowler Shaun Tait has announced his immediate retirement from one-day cricket to focus exclusively on Twenty20 matches.