Ricky Ponting should continue playing, opines Sir Viv Richards

Ricky Ponting has played 158 Test matches for Australia Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Syndey: Dec 11, 2011

Former West Indies captain Sir Vivian Richards opines that Australia s veteran batsman Ricky Ponting is still capable enough to play for his country and share his vast experience with young cricketers, which spans over one-and-a-half decade.

“I am hearing all this talk that he should go and retire; well he shouldn’t listen to them. He still looks to me that he is sharp enough, and he needs to help the new guys coming in. It is great for Australian cricket to have that experience around with new blood coming through,” Richards was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.

“Ricky’s achievements warrant him to dictate how he finishes his career. I love his batting and he is a classy individual,” he added.

Ponting led Australia in 77 Tests before he stood down as Test and one-day skipper after the World Cup earlier this year, making way for deputy Michael Clarke to take charge.

Ponting, who turns 37 this month, has continued as a batsman in the Test team.