Ponting pon­ders his fu­ture as Aus­tralian cap­tain

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

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.

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