August 21, 2017

Ricky Ponting steps down as Aussie cricket captain

Ricky Ponting one of the great players of the modern era. Not everybody's cup of tea as a bloke though.

Ricky Ponting has quit as Australia’s cricket captain for Test matches and One Day Internationals.

It is widely anticipated that vice-captain Michael Clarke will take over with the tour to Bangaldesh looming.

The 36-year-old made his announcement at a press conference at the Sydney Cricket Ground this afternoon.

“I thought the timing was spot on,” Ponting said. yep just like a glorious cover drive eh Ricky?

Ponting said Australia’s exit in the quarter-finals of the World Cup last week prompted his decision to stand aside as skipper.

“The fact that we went out of the World Cup when we did was the main reason” Ponting said, while denying he had been tapped on the shoulder by anyone at Cri. He denied he had been shoulder tapped by Cricket Australia to fall on his sword.

Ponting said he wants to remain in both the one-day and Tests sides as a batsman.

“I’ve made it very clear to the selectors that I’m still available in both forms of the game,” he said. “I’m reasonably confident that I’ll be picked for the touring team to Bangladesh.”

Ponting captained Australia in 77 Test matches for 48 wins – the most of any Test skipper – 16 losses and 13 draws. His 227 one-day matches in charge returned 163 wins, 50 losses and two World Cups.

With losing the Ashes Series to England coinciding with a personal run drought,there had been growing calls for Ponting to step down.

Ricky will be a little nervous when the team to tour Bangladesh is announced tomorrow. The selectors might just decide that with the World Cup lost it might be a great time for a cleanout of aging stars.