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Ponting dropped from Aussie ODI team

02-22-2012 10:12 BJT

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Ricky Ponting has been dropped from Australia’s one-day cricket test side which could signal the end of his international career.

John Inverarity, chief selector, said, "Elite sport is no place for sentiment. We are hoping that he remains available for test match cricket but there can be no guarantees. I had a lot of questions asked then if I, if I still thought I could do it, if I still had the passion to keep playing, umm, and absolutely, yeah."

Former skipper Ricky Ponting, pictured in 2011, said Tuesday he intended to continue
playing Test cricket for Australia despite his dumping from the one-day team

Those are the words of Australian cricket’s chief selector about legend Ricky Ponting, not mincing words claiming his performance is not good enough to warrant a spot on the country’s one-day international test team.

The news was hard to swallow but the second most successful scorer in the format is almost defiant that this spells the end of his career.

Ricky Ponting, Australian cricketer, said, "The passion for the international game of cricket for me has not died or changed one little bit and I’ve made it very clear right through the Australian summer this year that I still don’t see a finish line as far as my international career is concerned."

Australian cricket player Ricky Ponting speaks during a news conference in Sydney
February 21, 2012. Ponting said he will continue to play test cricket, but doesn't
expect to play one-day cricket for Australia any more. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz

Despite the disappointment of not being selected he is a realistic and knows thatif he played better he would have been chosen.

Ricky Ponting said, "Ah look, at the end of the day I’m my best selector. If I’d of scored runs in these five games then obviously I wouldn’t have been dropped so I’ve left the door open for them to make the decision that they have made yesterday. That’s the way I am looking at it. The reason I’m disappointed about getting dropped is of how much I actually love representing my country and playing cricket for Australia. You know, I’ve got no bitterness at all at what’s happened. I totally understand the reasons why and the national selection panel are looking forward to building a team for the next world cup of which, you know, right at the moment and probably going forward I am not part of their plans which I understand."

The 37-year-old insisted the 2013 Ashes series is on his radar, warning that he won’t go quietly into retirement.

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