Australia needs Ponting
RICKY Ponting walks away from captaincy of the Australian cricket team with his head held high. History will judge Ponting as one of our greatest ever batsmen but some way down the pecking order of great captains. He has indicated he wants to keep playing for Australia and it is important for the short-term future of the team that he stays for a couple more seasons. We are not blessed with outstanding batsmen and he should continue to play a key role in the batting line-up for a couple more seasons at least. Now the burden of captaincy has been removed Ponting can devote his energies to recapturing his best form with the bat. Australia needs him.