''It would be nice to have Warnie out there,'' a dejected Ponting was quoted by the Daily Telegraph as saying.
''I don't know what Warnie's going to do. There's been a bit of speculation about him playing One-day cricket again. We'll have to wait and see,'' he added.
Interestingly, Ponting had earlier told Warne that it would not be a walk in the park for him to return to the team when talks of Warne's comeback started.
Times have changed since then and Ponting is now hoping that good old Warnie comes back to the team.
He admitted that his bowlers, who were smashed all over by the South Africans, were simply not up to the mark in the historic match ''We picked a side that we thought was good enough to win. And we made enough runs to win. We just weren't good enough with the ball.
Mick Lewis returned with the worst bowling figures in international cricket going for 113 runs in his 10 overs without a wicket.
''I wanted him to bowl a couple of good overs of yorkers for us at the end. He didn't do it,'' Ponting said.