Ponting to captain Australia again

February 15, 2012

by Rukna

Ricky Ponting is to captain Australia again, in Friday’s one-day match with Sri Lanka in Sydney.

Ponting has been selected by national selector John Inverarity to lead the team because Michael Clarke will miss the match with a hamstring injury.

It was a surprise selection for many, as the 37 year-old stepped down from the captaincy in March after some poor performances from the team. The straw that broke the camel’s back was the 3-1 series defeat in the Ashes.

When it was made aware that Clarke was going to miss the next match in the CB series, there were certain parts of the Australian media that were calling for David Warner to take charge of the side.

Speaking about the decision to go back to Ponting, Inverarity said: ‘After careful consideration the National Selection Panel (NSP) has asked Ricky Ponting if he would captain the Australian ODI team in Michael Clarke’s absence. David Warner is a young player making his way. He displays considerable leadership potential, but the NSP is of the view that he should not, at this moment, have the added responsibility of captaincy thrust on him.”

Australia are hopeful that Clarke can regain his fitness in time to return for Sunday’s match against Sri Lanka in Brisbane.

The Scoop 15/02/2012

3 Comments to “Ponting to captain Australia again”

  1. Ed
    February 15th, 2012 @ 4:45 pm

    Very surprised by this decision by the ACB

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  2. Diego
    February 15th, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

    Its only a 1 off so why give it to Ricky- Warner would have been my man

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  3. Mike
    February 15th, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

    Great to see Punter find some form this summer

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