Thatscricket - News - Cricket: Ponting on Australian skipper's campaign trail
Published: Thursday, September 13, 2001, 0:12 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
Sydney: Ricky Ponting took his first step on a path he hopes will lead him to the Australian Test captain's job when he was named Tasmania captain on Wednesday.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Previous captain Jamie Cox said he had stepped down to give the 26-year-old Ponting the chance to prove himself for the day Steve Waugh retires."The experience of captaining his home state will hopefully greatly improve his chances of becoming Tasmania's first Australian captain," Cox said from England where he has been captaining Somerset."What Jamie has done for me is great and I can't thank him enough," said Ponting who with Western Australian wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist is the frontrunner to succeed Waugh.Gilchrist was Waugh's deputy in India and on the Ashes tour and Ponting captained the team for one county game in England. Ponting said he had not had many opportunities to captain since his junior days but he had always thought of himself as a leader on the field."When I'm out on the field I try to think as if I'm captain and I've always had a few suggestions, whether to Jamie or Steve Waugh," he said. "My philosophy will be fairly aggressive and attacking."Tasmanian Cricket Association (TCA) chairman Denis Rogers said they wanted to give Ponting greater experience as a captain and the chance to demonstrate his leadership qualities."We want to be able to assist Ricky in every way possible if he does get an opportunity later on to be called for higher honours and responsibilities," added Rogers who is also Australian Cricket Board (ACB) chairman.Ponting's leadership credentials had been marred by off-field misadventures but Cox said he had matured over the last couple of years. Ponting, who recently became engaged, said he had grown up as a cricketer and a person.If he plays in all Australia's internationals this season, Ponting will only lead Tasmania four times. Cox, who becomes vice-captain, will then take over.