I'm good enough to be in the team, says Ponting

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Published: Friday, November 25, 2011, 17:59 [IST]
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Ponting says he's not ready to retire

Sydney, Nov 25: Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting said he it is not right time to consider retirement and will quit Test cricket before being dropped from the Australian team.

Ponting, who has scored more than 12,000 runs in Tests told reporters on Friday, "I totally understand why I'm being asked the questions I'm being asked but, by the same token, I believe I'm good enough, one, to be in the team and that I'm good enough to win games for Australia.

He said if he keeps doing the work and not getting results, "then maybe it's time but, at the moment, I don't feel that time is here just yet."

Ponting scored a crucial 62 runs in the second innings of Australia's second Test against South Africa helping the Aussies to a series-levelling win and end his bad form which had led to speculations regarding his retirement.

He said he took heart from the examples of India's Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid who's longevity showed he could still expect to perform at Test level.

"I feel there's enough there to want to keep working hard," Ponting said. "Having spoken to a lot of the other guys that have retired in the last few years, I was captain when Langer, Gilchrist, Warne and all those guys stood down so I know the things that were going through their minds.

"What they said about it was they just didn't have the drive or desire to work as hard as they needed to work to get their games back on track again. With me, there's no doubting that at all."


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