Sydney, Nov 30: Former New Zealand captain Chris Cairns called Australian Great Ricky Ponting the "elephant in the room" and said Cricket Australia should put an end to his 16-year Test career.
Ponting has been out of form in the past 12 months. Ponting has also been criticized by former wicket-keeper Ian Healy and Australian cricket legend Neil Harvey said Ponting was unncecesarily prolonging his career. Chris Cairns said its time for Ponting to consider retirement.
"I don't think you can have two years averaging 27 as a No.3. I think it's his (Ponting) time. And when you look at the likes of Mark Taylor, (Ian) Healy, Mark Waugh - they were told it was their time. And there's an elephant in the room at the moment in Ricky Ponting that nobody is really addressing," Cairns was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.
Cairns feels Ponting should retire after the second Test against New Zealand in Hobart.
"Don't get me wrong, I've got the utmost respect for Ricky Ponting but there's a time and a place. And for me, his time and place is Hobart in the second Test against New Zealand. That's to say, 'Thanks very much'," he said.
Cairns feels Cricket Australia have been selecting Ponting for his stature and not performance.
"Australia for me was an uncompromising cricket nation, but I've felt there's been decisions they make that have been compromising (in) the last couple of years. They've allowed Ricky to keep going because of his stature in the game and who he is," Cairns said.
"But why should he have to make the call? At the end of the day, for me, Australia has always been about the team and what's best. He is behind Bradman, Australia's greatest batsman, so they're managing it. But I just think it's an elephant in the room. I really do. Australia has got rebuilding to do," he said.