Ricky Ponting not sure of selection for Australia-South Africa third Test
Ricky Ponting has scored just one half century in nine Test innings © AFP
Adelaide: Nov 25, 2012
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has said that there is no guarantee that he will get to be a part of the playing XI in the third test against South Africa at Perth after a string of poor performances with the bat.
Ponting has hardly troubled the scorers in the current test series and has scored just one fifty in the last nine innings, leading critics to call for his retirement.
“The disappointing thing for me is with the start of this test series, coming in I felt in really good touch,” Ponting said in a television interview with Channel Nine at Adelaide Oval as reported by Reuters.
“My (Sheffield) Shield stuff early season was really good and I actually felt like I was batting better than I have in a few years.
“And I said coming into the summer that it really is a game-by-game thing with me now. I can’t afford to look any further forward.
“I’ve got to get my head down; I’ve got to score runs. And if I score runs then I’ll get myself selected, and if I don’t, then I leave the door open for someone else to come in in my spot.
“That’s the way it sits at the moment. We’ll wait and see how it sits at the end of the game.”
Ponting has been struggling with technique as well as confidence and the last few dismissals clearly indicate both.
Ponting chased a delivery way outside his off-stump in the drawn first test at Brisbane and made a mess of his footwork in the first innings at Adelaide where he was cleaned up by Jacques Kallis.
He then chopped the ball onto his stumps in the second innings on Saturday after being welcomed to the crease with a warm ovation at Adelaide Oval.
“Yesterday was probably a ball that I shouldn’t get bowled on – back of a length and short.
“How do I feel form-wise? Probably if anything I’ve been a little bit tentative.
“Certainly in the first innings in Brisbane it was a tentative shot. Yesterday afternoon it was a tentative shot. And that’s not the normal way that I play.
“I probably just needed to be a bit more positive and get through that way.”
“That’s really all it is. I’ve got no illusions or disillusions about where I’m at or where my cricket is at.
“It’s just a matter or working hard, and then hopefully when I do have a chance to bat in the middle I’m a bit more assertive than I have been in the last couple of games.”