Ricky Ponting keen to win Sheffield Shield title for Tasmania

Ricky Ponting’s explosive innings of 130 helped Tasmania to a 273-run lead against the Redbacks at the Adelaide Oval AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Brisbane: Mar 3, 2012

Ricky Ponting’s omission from Australia’s limited-overs side has gifted him a much awaited opportunity to win a coveted Sheffield Shield for his native Tasmania. And it is clear that the former Australian captain is in great nick after the fans evidenced a century from him against South Australia on Friday.

Ponting’s 130 helped Tasmania to a whopping 273-run lead on the first innings over the Redbacks, who were 0-103 in their second dig at stumps on day three at Adelaide Oval.

More importantly, Ponting’s ton has put the Tigers in a race for the Shield final later this month.

If it wasn t for his axing from the One-Day International fold, Ponting would have missed a chance to fulfill a lifelong ambition of winning a Shield for his beloved Tasmania.

“That is why this week is so important to me, to give ourselves a chance of making the Shield final,” Ponting told AAP.

“The whole group is striving towards that and I’m lucky enough to be one of the guys to slot back in and hopefully be a part of a successful Tasmanian cricket season again.

“It’s one thing on my resume that I haven’t achieved: winning a title for Tassie.”

However, Ponting doubted his latest century would change the minds of national selectors who punted him from the one-day outfit.

“You can only listen to what they (selectors) said the other day, that is the door is never closed on anybody,” Ponting said.

“I’m not sure I’ll get picked again though, I’m 37 now, I’m not sure they will be turning back to me unless they have 10 injuries out of nowhere.

“And I’m fine with that, I can’t complain about the run I have had.”