He said Symonds is showing all the signs of a man on his way back.
“I'd love to have him back in the side sooner rather than later. I actually think there were some really positive signs over the last couple of days with Andrew. He's actually fronted the media and admitted that there''s some room for improvement in certain parts of his life," The Age quoted Ponting as saying.
Though, Ponting admitted Symonds needed to show more responsibility.
Ponting said while speaking to media persons in Canberra where he and Matthew Hayden had just finished a meeting with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
The skipper admitted Symonds would be missed on the up-coming tour of India. “He's a terrific player and his Test record and one-day record over the last couple of years for Australia has been outstanding," Ponting said and added: “Hopefully for him as a person, if he can get those things sorted out, then we'll have him back in the team."