ODI axing may prolong Test career: Ricky Ponting

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Published: Saturday, March 3, 2012, 16:04 [IST]
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ODI axing may extend Test career: Ricky

Melbourne, Mar 3: Axed from the one-day squad, former Australian captain Ricky Ponting said it might help him extend his Test career and also help him play at the highest fitness levels.

The veteran batsman was axed from the ODI squad after an inconsistent batting performance in the ongoing tri-series against India and Sri Lanka. Ponting has scored 18 runs at an average of 3.6 in his last five innings, the longest sequence of single-digit scores in his ODI career.

Ponting feels the selectors decision to axe him would have a positive impact on his Test career.

"Yeah it might extend it. I can't see why it will be a negative on my Test cricket," Ponting told 'The Daily Telegraph'.

"It will give me a chance to really freshen up, be fit for every game I play. Be as fit and as strong as I have ever been. I am pleased with my longevity, you cherish every moment you have and get every last bit out of yourself.

"The next lot of cricket we will play will be in the Caribbean then we will have strong opposition sides in South Africa and an Ashes series not long after that," the two-time World Cup winning captain said.

Asked whether he expects to be recalled at some point to the one-day squad, Ponting said, "I am 37 so I am not sure they will turn back to me unless they have 10 injuries out of no where. I am fine with that."

Ricky Ponting has played 375 ODIs scoring 13,704 runs at an average of 42.03 with 30 centuries.


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