Ahmedabad, Mar 23: Under attack Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has quashed speculation that he will retire as Test captain if Australia loses tomorrow's World Cup quarter-final against India.
The Daily Mail had reported that Ponting plans to retire from international cricket at the end of Australia's World Cup campaign and to finish his career captaining an English county side. The report claimed Ponting would resign if his side is beaten by India in tomorrow's sudden-death showdown at the Sardar Patel Stadium. Speaking to reporters at the Australian team hotel, Ponting declared that he will extend his career beyond the World Cup.
"Nothing has changed for me in the last 12 months. I've said all along, every time I've been asked about retirement all I've ever answered is by saying I'm enjoying my cricket as much as ever," The Daily Telegraph quoted him, as saying.
"I've never thought about retirement or where the finish line might be. I've been trying to prepare myself as best I can as a player and lead the team as well as possible," he said.
"For some reason, these retirement (rumours) keep popping up. Every few weeks it feels like I'm answering the question but I'm enjoying it as much as ever. We have a big game coming up against India and I'm looking forward to getting into that and performing," Ponting said.
Ponting confirmed he had made subtle inquiries about a brief county stint this winter to prepare for Australia's tours to Sri Lanka and South Africa in August-September this year.
A Cricket Australia spokesman said this morning the organisation was not aware of any imminent retirement announcement from Ponting.