Ricky Ponting looking forward to an extended break

Ricky Ponting has struggled with his form since past few matches. He has scored only 66 runs in the two test matches played in the on-going series against West-Indies AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Dominica: Apr 22, 2012

Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting said, he is looking forward to an extended break after the West-Indies tour which concludes this week.

“I’ve known for a while that was going to be the case, to have a relatively long break like I’ve got coming up for a while and for 20 years it’s been pretty unusual for me to get a break of that length,” Ponting was quoted saying by ninemsn.com

After the Caribbean series Australia will next play a Test match in November against South Africa, when the Proteas are scheduled to tour down-under.

This means Ponting faces at least four months off the cricket field before the domestic summer begins in November. “I’m looking forward to doing what I want to do for a while not what everyone is telling me to do every hour of the day,” said Ponting.

While Ponting is eager for a bit more time working on his golf swing and hanging out with wife Rianna and their two young daughters, he says his break is unlikely to make him choose life away from cricket permanently.

“My love for the game and passion and desire to be successful hasn’t changed at all,” he said.

“Even when things were really tough a few months ago, all I wanted to do was try … and give myself the best chance to try to play well again and I felt that I got there through the summer and I feel like I’m batting really well at the moment.”

Ponting was recently dropped from the ODI squad, which is when he realised that the final phone call was imminent. Dropped from the Australia ODI squad following the worst batting slump of his limited-overs career, Ponting accepted his fate after reaching an agreement with the national selector John Inverarity that one or the other would have to make the call.

The Punter was positive about his career and hoped to achieve a few more goals in the sport. “I’ve still got a few things that I want to be able to achieve and a lot of games of cricket I want to be a part of and want to win for Australia,” concluded Ponting.