Sydney, Nov 20: Former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy believes that Ricky Ponting should retire from international cricket if he fails to perform in the second innings of the Johanessburg Test against South Africa.
Ponting has been out of form getting out twice for a duck and has been out lbw in almost identical fashion on four occasions.
Former teammate Healy believes that unless Ponting can make 180 not out in the second innings of the second Test in Johannesburg, his time is up.
"That"s what I hope happens, but watching him last night he"s double guessing where he thinks the ball might go, he"s double guessing where he wants the ball to go," the Daily Telegraph quoted Healy, as saying.
"There are faults that have never been in his technique before and I don"t like his statistics from the past 12 months. No one who has played for as long as he has should be averaging in the teens."
"I think it"s a pretty easy decision. He"s been on the wane for some time now and without something special, it"s time for Ricky to say, 'I"m finishing"," he added.
Ponting has averaged just 14.15 from 13 innings with a half-century, seven single-figure scores and 3 ducks to his name.