Ricky Ponting

Ponting believes Clarke should renounce ODI captaincy post CWC

Ricky Ponting

Sydney, Feb 12 - Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting believes that Michael Clarke should step down from one-day captaincy, and hand over the premier role to Steve Smith after the conclusion of the World Cup.

The two-time World Cup winning captain said that the right time for Michael to hand over the one-day captaincy to Steven will be after the conclusion of this World Cup, adding that retiring from one-day games would also allow Michael's body regular rest and recovery periods, News. com. au reported.

Admitting that Clarke is perfect to lead Australia during World Cup, Ponting said that it would be a good time for Steven to take over the one-day job and Michael to remain as Test captain after the conclusion of World Cup.

Cook will never improve as a player, says Ponting

Ricky-PontingKarachi, July 22 : Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has written the England cricket team Captain off by stating that Alastair Cook will never improve as a player for the rest of his career.

According to the Dawn, the backlash comes at a time when the England skipper is already under fire from all sides for his poor form and performance. The loss suffered by England at the hands of India at Lord's on Monday made it the 10th successive test match that the team has lost in the recent times. England cricket team's ten losses are being dubbed as their worst stint in the format in the last 21 years.

Oz media says Ponting's latest revelations suggest Clarke not 'true captain'

Ponting ClarkeSydney, Oct 19  : The Australian media has claimed that former Test captain Ricky Ponting's revelations about current captain Michael Clarke not sticking around for a chat after the day's play on some occasions have pointed out towards the fact that Clarke is not a true captain.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Ponting's book serves as an informative postscript to an Ashes series in which Clarke was lauded for funky and imaginative field placings, despite losing 3-0.

Ponting says Clarke's relationship with model ex-girlfriend may have cost him captaincy

Ricky PontingSydney, Oct 13 - Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has claimed that current skipper Michael Clarke's relationship with his former fiancee and swimsuit model Lara Bingle had put him at odds with his teammates and could have cost him the captaincy

Although Ponting claimed in his book 'At The Close Of Play' that he and Clarke were close friends in 2005 and that he believed Clarke would succeed him as Australian captain, however, that relationship changed when Clarke struck up a relationship with Bingle.

Ponting to reveal all in memoir 'At the Close of Play'

Ponting to reveal all in memoir 'At the Close of Play'Sydney, Oct 12 : Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting is soon going to release his memoirs in a publication titled ' At the Close of Play'.

According to News. com. au, as a cricketer, Ponting always seemed more adept at deflection than reflection and he was direct, honest and straightforward, but not one to dwell on the past.

Will it be the year of Mumbai Indians?

Ricky-mumbai-indians-IPLNew Delhi, April 2 : Despite being one of the top-spenders and having one of the best teams, Mumbai Indians are yet to win the Indian Premier League (IPL).

After two poor seasons in the beginning, the team showed their true skills only in the third edition in 2010 when they reached the final before losing to Chennai Super Kings.

No international comeback: Ponting

Ricky-PontingHobart (Australia), March 20 : Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting Wednesday collected the Sheffield Shield player of the year award and ruled out an international comeback for the Ashes cricket series in England.

Ponting, 38, who will be in England playing for Surrey at the same time when the Australian teams attempt to regain the Ashes, said an international comeback was out of question for him.

Ponting lends support to Watson

Ricky-PontingSydney, March 15 : Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has lent his support to under-fire vice-captain Shane Watson, saying he backs Shane's decision to return home at the time of the birth of his first child.

Watson was barred by team management from taking part in the third Test against India in Mohali along with three other cricketers for disciplinary reasons.

The all-rounder flew back home to be by the side of his wife Lee Furlong. The couple announced Thursday the birth of their son Will.

Legends Ponting, Tendulkar plotting Mumbai Indians IPL coup

Ponting-TendulkarSydney, Feb 6 : Australian legend Ricky Ponting and Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar have already started planning Mumbai Indians’ strategy in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season through text messages.

Ponting was picked up by Tendulkar''s franchise for 400,000 dollars in the IPL auction last week, the Age reports. It caused one Indian media outlet to describe the pair playing together, and possibly opening the innings, as an unprecedented miracle.

Oz great Ponting to lead Prime Minister''s XI against Windies

Oz great Ponting to lead Prime Minister''s XI against Windies Sydney, Jan 11 : Retired Australian legend Ricky Ponting will lead the Prime Minister''s XI during its one-day clash against West Indies later this month.

Ponting will captain the side at Manuka Oval in Canberra on January 29, while former Test keeper Brad Haddin will be the vice-captain, News. com. au reports.

 Minister for Sport Kate Lundy disclosed the full team line-up on Friday on behalf of the Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

‘Annoyed’ Ponting lambasts Oz rotation policy critics

Ricky-PontingSydney, Dec 27 : Former Australia Test captain Ricky Ponting has slammed critics of the controversial rotation policy for fast bowlers, saying they have no idea what kind of workload young fast bowlers have on their heads.

Ponting said he is annoyed with the critics, who without much knowledge about the game's current scenario, keeps talking about the rotation policy, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. Ponting said everyone around the Australia cricket set up is trying to help the game in any possible way.

Ricky Ponting, wife Rianna welcome second baby daughter Matisse Ellie

 Ricky Ponting, wife Rianna welcome second baby daughter Matisse EllieSydney, Sept 8 : Former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting and wife Rianna has been blessed with a second baby daughter, whom they have named Matisse Ellie.

Ponting flew home from the tour of Sri Lanka to be present for the birth of their second daughter, telegraph. com. au reports.

The Pontings have a three-year-old daughter, Emmy.

It is expected that Ponting will return to Sri Lanka for the third and final Test, which is scheduled to begin on September 16 in Colombo.

Ponting set to record a century of Test victories

 Ponting set to record a century of Test victoriesColombo, Aug 31: Ricky Ponting will become the first cricketer to play in 100 winning Test matches if Australia wins the ongoing Galle Test against Sri Lanka.

Ponting already has the records of more Test and one-day victories as captain.

Not surprisingly, the top eight players on the list of Test victories are Australians, the Courier Mail reports.

The 36-year-old is followed by Shane Warne (92), Steve Waugh (86), Glenn McGrath (84), Adam Gilchrist (73), Mark Waugh (72), Matthew Hayden (71) and Justin Langer (70). (ANI)

Ponting urges Oz batsmen to get ‘defensive part of their game right’ in Lanka

Ponting urges Oz batsmen to get ‘defensive part of their game right’ in LankaColombo, Aug 30: Australian batsman Ricky Ponting has a simple piece of advice to his teammates preparing to bat in the first Test against Sri Lanka - get your starts right and you'll be fine.

Ponting reckons that if batsmen can get through their first 20 deliveries they can succeed in the island nation.

India’s Down Under tour will be toughest for Aussies this year: Ponting

 India’s Down Under tour will be toughest for Aussies this year: PontingColombo, Aug 6: India's tour of Australia will be the toughest for the Michael Clarke-led team this year, according to Ricky Ponting.

Australia have tours of Sri Lanka, South Africa and New Zealand before they face India in December, but the former captain said that Australia-India series have always been one of cricket's biggest and most volatile clashes.

Ashes on our mind-Says Ponting

Ricky-PontingThe Australian captain Ricky Ponting has said that the team is only thinking of winning the Ashes on home soil. Last year, England has registered an empathic Ashes series win over the Australian team. That was second time in Ponting's career that Australia has encountered an Ashes series defeat.

In 2006-07 season, Australia has posted a 5-0 whitewash of the Ashes series. Now the Australia skipper is anticipating repeating the same in this season.

But this time it has become a tough task for him. Because the English team is quite confident and much composed.

Warne denies any argument with skipper Ponting

Warne denies any argument with skipper PontingIPL boss Lalit Modi, a day before accused the Australian captain Ricky Ponting of interfering in the Australian players' decision of participating in the IPL over the security issue. He slammed Ponting and further warned the players that this kind of behavior would not be acceptable and they could not go about dictating terms as per their choice. Ricky Ponting's contract with KKR was terminated this season.

Ponting being a spoilsport, Modi Upset

Ponting being a spoilsport, Modi UpsetIts IPL making the news again. In the country of cricket fans, IPL has emerged as a major event in the country and during the past two events, the impact was phenomenal.

IPL is always in the news for reasons, right and wrong. There were reports that suggested that Australian captain Ricky Ponting has been advising his teammates to back off from the IPL.

Competition within the squad a great pointer ahead of next summer''s challenge, says Ponting

Competition within the squad a great pointer ahead of next summer''s challenge, says PontingAustralian cricket is in great shape ahead of their next two major assignments, winning back the Ashes and chasing a fourth-straight World Cup triumph, said Captain Ricky Ponting.

The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Ponting, as saying," We''re heading in the right direction in all forms of the game and with the exposure that we''ve been able to give a lot of the younger guys as well, a lot of them aren''t so young any more in terms of having games of cricket under their belts."

Ponting backs fast bowlers to quell Gayle’s inexperienced team

ricky_pontingMelbourne, Feb 7: Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has backed his fast bowlers to contain West Indies captain Chris Gayle and his team in the one-day series starting at the MCG from Sunday.

Ponting also claimed to have assembled the best fast-bowling group in the world after the West Indies captain coolly tipped his team to thump Australia in the series.

Gayle has predicted said that the West Indies would win the series 4-1 despite Australia taking a stranglehold on the 50-over format in recent months and the Calypso outfit being weakened by injuries to experienced players.

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