Australian batsman Michael Clarke has denied suggestions that captain Ricky Ponting might be close to retirement and said that Ponting still has a lot to offer to Australian Cricket.
When asked if the Ponting is edging closer to Australian captaincy, Clarke said: “I don"t think that"ll be the case, I think Ricky will play for a lot longer than that."
“I think he"s hitting the ball as well as I"ve seen and he"s looking very fit, been training hard in the time we"ve had at home and he"s very excited about the cricket that"s ahead. I think the best of Ricky Ponting is yet to come," he added.
Talking about himself, the 29-year-old said that he is still working hard at training and trying to improve his game.
“You grow up a little bit (over time), you mature a little bit as a person and also as a cricketer. I think my game"s probably changed a little," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Clarke, as saying.
“My intent and my goals are still the same, I still want to become the best cricketer I can possibly be and I still think I''m a long way from it. I think just with experience you work out what your strengths are and where your weaknesses are," he added.
Clarke is currently in India for the upcoming two-match Test series, and a three-match ODI series.
The first Test is scheduled to begin on October 1 1 in Mohali.