Ponting enjoying batsman's role

Ricky Ponting accepted that Australian captaincy had started affecting his game Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Galle: Aug 30, 2011

Former skipper Ricky Ponting says that he is relishing his role as a middle-order batsman in the Australian team and not having to carry the pressure associated with captaincy.

“There’s a lot that goes with the captaincy. For me, now, being totally removed from all that, it’s nice to wake up in the morning and probably not have to deal with a lot of the stuff that you have to deal with,” Ponting was quoted by Cricket Australia.

“It was never a burden for me to do, but over the last couple of years, with my own game being as it has been; things were getting a bit more difficult. This week has been nice, preparing for a Test match and not worrying about any of the external stuff, just worrying about getting myself right,” he added.

“The Ashes was difficult for me. I’d built it up a lot, I’d worked hard and wanted to make sure I had a big impact on the series that I didn’t end up having.”

Ponting said he is open to give his advice and opinions to the new captain Michael Clarke.

“I’m just sitting back and waiting for questions to be asked. Michael and I are chatting a lot, even out in the field and leading up to games, about players and how they’re going and tactics and stuff, so I’m just sitting back. I’m not imparting any of my stuff on him,” the 36-year-old right-handed batsman said.