Door is never closed for Ponting: Clarke

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Published: Friday, February 24, 2012, 11:16 [IST]
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Door is never closed for Ponting: Clarke

Hobart, Feb 24: Australia captain Michael Clarke has admitted that veteran Ricky Ponting's one-day career is not over yet.

Clarke earlier admitted that he was part of the National Selection Panel (NSP) meeting which decided to axe Ponting from the squad. Clarke also felt there was a chance the veteran batsman could make a comeback to one-day internationals.

"I think the one thing is the door is never close on anybody. Who knows what can happen in this very weird and tough game that we play. But there is no doubt Ricky not being in the team has shown that we are looking towards the 2015 World Cup and giving some young guys an opportunity," Clarke said.

"I'm 100 per cent part of the selection panel," admitted Clarke.

"That's part now of the captain's job. We've made this decision as a panel. It is tough not having the great Ricky Ponting out there playing for us but that's the decision we've made. Obviously the 2015 World Cup is something we've spoken about as a panel. I'm 100 per cent a part of that," he added.

Earlier Ponting admitted he was dropped and never expected to make a return to one-day squad.

"I have been dropped, which is disappointing but I accept that. My performances over the last five games haven't warranted me being there," Ponting said.

"John (Inverarity) has been pretty clear on the reasons why and the direction they are heading with the one-day team and I am not part of their plans. It's a bit hard to say I've retired given I've been dropped but I don't expect to play one-day international cricket any more and I'm sure the selectors don't expect to pick me either."

Ponting said he wanted to continue playing Test matches.

"I've only got Test cricket left now and I want to make every post a winner," he added.

"I think I've proved this summer that I can still play great cricket for Australia and deserve to be out there."


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