Australia captain Ricky Ponting has quit Twenty20 international cricket, bucking a global trend, so he can prolong his career in the Test and limited-overs international arenas.
Ponting skipped two T20 internationals in England to return home in the wake of Australia's Ashes Test series loss to England. He made his announcement about T20 cricket on Monday, ahead of his return flight to England for the end of the seven-match ODI series.
"The last 10 or 12 days for me have been a lot about reflection, looking back to the Ashes and looking forward to my playing future," Ponting said.
"The decision I've made is all to do with my longevity in the game." Ponting will continue to fulfil his Indian Premier League contract with the Kolkata Knight Riders and will be available for Tasmania in the domestic Twenty20 competition. Ponting has played 17 Twenty20 internationals and the unbeaten 98 he scored in the first Twenty20 international remains the second-highest individual score in the format.