London, July 2: Australian captain Ricky Ponting has admitted that a third Ashes defeat scheduled to be held this winter could cost him his captaincy.
With England having won against a side skippered by Ponting in both 2005 and 2009, Ponting has said that a third straight series loss against the English side could surely cost his role as captain and the captaincy could possibly be handed over to Micheal Clarke.
Ponting has a big challenge ahead of his as the 35-year-old leads his side in India, then against England for the Ashes ahead of the World Cup next year.
"I'd probably be looking for a new job if we lose again,'' Fox Sports quoted Ponting, as saying.
"I've got the biggest eight months of my career coming up. We are playing India, then England and then the World Cup. It doesn't get any bigger than that, and everything I do between now and April, will be geared at getting the most out of myself and, most importantly, the group," he added, according to ANI reports.
Ponting has always said that he will keep playing so long as he is enjoying the game, but left a little room for the possibility of retirement when asked if an Ashes and World Cup double would be the perfect send-off.
"I don't know if there''s ever a perfect time to go,'' said Ponting.
"We'll see. I've always said if I don't feel I can play the way I want to, or, if I can't improve any more then, it will be time to look at what I'm doing," he said.