SYDNEY, (Reuters) – Australia’s former captain Ricky Ponting does not expect to play international one-day cricket again after he was dropped from the team on Monday but would continue to be available for test matches, he said yesterday.
The 37-year-old is the second most prolific batsman of all time in limited overs internationals, scoring 13,704 runs in 375 matches since his debut in 1995.
The Tasmanian was dropped from the Australia team because of poor form on Monday with selectors strongly indicating that his career in one-day internationals was all but over.
Ponting, who had made just 18 runs in five games in the ongoing Tri-series against India and Sri Lanka, said he had spoken to chairman of selectors John Inverarity who told him he was not in the plans for the future direction of the team looking to the 2015 World Cup.
“I have been dropped, which is disappointing but I accept that. My performances over the last five games haven’t warranted me being there,” Ponting told a media conference.
“John has been pretty clear on the reasons why and the direction they are heading with the one-day team and I am not part of their plans.
“It’s a bit hard to say I’ve retired given I’ve been dropped but I don’t expect to play one-day international cricket any more and I’m sure the selectors don’t expect to pick me either.”
Ponting said he wanted to continue playing test matches.
“I’ve only got test cricket left now and I want to make every post a winner,” he added.
“I think I’ve proved this summer that I can still play great cricket for Australia and deserve to be out there.”